Hospitals move to staff Gulf shelter

Sunday, September 4, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:11 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 4, 2008

Columbia hospitals were compiling lists on Saturday of volunteer health care workers willing to help staff a medical shelter in the Gulf Coast region, according to the Missouri Hospital Association.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is establishing 40 medical centers to help hurricane survivors, and Missouri hospitals are prepared to provide additional staff if necessary.

MU Health Care is working with the association to provide volunteers, coordinate ambulance availability and make beds available for victims at Columbia Regional and University hospitals.

The federal government has requested 100 health care professionals for each center. The association did not know when medical volunteers may be deployed.

Any licensed medical professional not associated with a Missouri hospital who is interested in volunteering may contact the Department of Health and Human Services at 800-392-0272. Nonmedical volunteers may contact the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency at 888-526-6664 or go to

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