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Woman’s Hospital Statement Post Hurricane

September 16, 2008

As of Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, The Woman’s Hospital of Texas remains open, caring for its patients and operating under city power. While Woman’s weathered the storm with no injuries to patients or staff and only minimal structural damage, families of hospitalized patients are encouraged to stay safe and remain at home.

Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, Woman’s cancelled all outpatient appointments and surgeries on Monday, Sept. 15, and those are being rescheduled. As of today, it is business as usual at Woman’s while the hospital works in conjunction with city officials and continues to maintain the highest standards of patient care.

BELOW ARE ADDITIONAL DETAILS FOR WOMAN’S PATIENTS, PHYSICIANS AND STAFF:

 --  Woman's has adequate staff to cover multiple shifts --  Woman's patient parking garage is fully operational --  Nearby streets to access Woman's are passable      

UPDATE ON METRO SERVICE FOR TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2008

In the Texas Medical Center (TMC), the White and Blue shuttles will begin service, and the TMC Red Shuttle started Monday. These routes are in addition to the 12 routes started Monday (below) that were deemed priority for providing access to hospitals, grocery stores and employment locations.

 --  1 Hospital --  2 Bellaire --  25 Richmond turning back at Rogerdale --  82 Westheimer --  Main Street Red Line - Buses will follow the METRORail Red Line route. --  20 Long Point --  50 Heights/Harrisburg --  8 South Main --  40 Telephone/Pecore to the Eastwood Transit Center --  56 Airline --  65 Bissonnet --  163 Fondren      

Tuesday’s service hours will be 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local buses (i.e. not Park & Ride buses) will operate every 20 minutes and for safety, will stop at every intersection on their route.

METROLift transported more than 300 customers to medical appointments Monday, and starting tomorrow, it is expanding service to include trips to grocery stores and relief centers as well. Travel will be limited to one round-trip per day. To schedule a ride, call 713-225-6716.

METRO’s goal is to return to full service on Wednesday, with the exception of METRORail, which is now being serviced by bus.

 Media Contacts: Kris Muller 713-791-7168 (work) 281-704-7739 (cell)  Leslie Sukaly 713-191-7488 (work) 832-444-6696 (cell)  

SOURCE: The Woman’s Hospital of Texas




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