Cedar Park Regional Medical Center continues to care for patients who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Director of Marketing Laura Balla said the hospital accepted 11 patients from the dialysis unit of the DeTar Hospital in Victoria on Aug. 27. The dialysis unit in Victoria was non-functional after the town was hit by Harvey and patients were transferred by EMS vehicles.
As of Sept. 1, six of the patients have been returned to the DeTar Hospital.
“It was so important to have this service,” Balla said. “It’s so difficult for the staff there, so many of the staff members were not able to go home. We provided personal care items that we took to the hospital when the patients were taken back.”
Along with those 11 patients, Balla said the hospital has also seen self-admitted patients coming to escape the damage caused by the storm.
“There’s really a kindred sense of wanting to help that comes from all of the caregivers here,” she said.
The hospital continues to coordinate with hospitals throughout the region and is part of an emergency management team that meets regularly. For now, Balla said the hospital’s goal is to continue to care for the patients they have and provide support for those in need.