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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pa. hospitals open doors to victims

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

By Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG -- At the urging of state officials, 11 Pennsylvania hospitals, including two in Pittsburgh, are opening their doors to treat Haitians who have serious earthquake-related injuries such as severe burns, spinal cord injuries, head trauma and amputated limbs.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the West Penn Allegheny Health System joined St. Vincent Hospital in Erie and several hospitals in Philadelphia to take an undetermined number of seriously injured earthquake victims, Gov. Ed Rendell and state Health Secretary Everette James said Monday.

Mr. Rendell wrote to federal officials to say that Pennsylvania hospitals would treat Haitian victims, thereby helping Florida hospitals, which are currently overwhelmed with at least 600 Haitians who were severely injured in the Jan. 12 tremors that rocked the capital of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas, knocking down many buildings.

"Pennsylvania stands ready to support these severely injured Haitian patients and their families regardless of federal reimbursement," Mr. Rendell said in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

 

To read more, visit the Post-Gazette website.
 

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