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Martinsburg VA Medical Center

 

Martinsburg VAMC Welcomes Hampton VAMC Patients

Veterans from the Hampton VAMC Domiciliary Arrive at the Martinsburg VAMC During Hurricane Florence Evacuations

Veterans from the Hampton VAMC Domiciliary Arrive at the Martinsburg VAMC During Hurricane Florence Evacuations.

By Lauren Winebrenner
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

In the early hours of Sept. 12, the Martinsburg VA Medical Center (VAMC) welcomed two buses carrying 86 Veteran patients evacuated from the Hampton VAMC Domiciliary due to Hurricane Florence.

“We are happy to help our sister facility in Hampton, Virginia, with housing these Veteran patients on a temporary basis,” said Timothy Cooke, medical center director. “We have a longstanding relationship with the Hampton VAMC, and the benefit of having similar Domiciliary programs allows us to accommodate those Veterans during emergencies like this.”

The medical center has conducted this operation before, having brought 124 Veterans from the Hampton VAMC during Hurricane Irene in 2011. The situation is also frequently used for training purposes as “table top” exercises, which allow staff to practice emergency management structures and procedures.

If any loved ones have questions about Hampton VAMC Veterans, please call 304-263-0811, ext. 3050.

In addition to preparing for the Veterans from Hampton VAMC, the medical center is continuing to monitor Hurricane Florence, which was expected to bring heavy rainfall to our area but now it’s course has moved further south. The safety of our staff and Veteran patients remains our top priority. Staff are reviewing emergency response procedures and planning for additional resources if needed. We encourage everyone to visit www.ready.gov/hurricanes for emergency preparedness tips.

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