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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Three Pittsburgh hospitals willing to accept injured Haitians

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

By Luis Fabregas
Gov. Ed Rendell's office lined up 11 hospitals, including three in Western Pennsylvania, to treat seriously injured Haitians if they are brought to the United States.

"The United States of America has always stood for its willingness to help people in need," Rendell said Monday. "They don't have to be American. We've always been there; we've always been the safe harbor."

More than 500 Haitians were taken to Florida hospitals after the Jan. 12 earthquake, but officials there told the government those hospitals are overwhelmed. As a result, the military suspended for four days airlifts of critically injured patients. They resumed over the weekend.

The injured Haitians could begin arriving within a day or two, but officials cautioned that it could be longer.

Rendell offered Pennsylvania hospitals in response to a call for help from officials at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, he said in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services.

"We're willing to accept them if the decision is made," said Rendell spokesman Gary Tuma. The patients could suffer from serious burns or traumatic injuries such as amputations.

Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services yesterday activated a plan known as the National Disaster Medical System that would allow designated hospitals to receive federal reimbursement. 

Some hospitals Rendell identified are part of this system, said Stacy Kriedeman, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health.

Among facilities willing to make beds available are the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, West Penn Allegheny Health System and Jefferson Hospital.

To read more, visit the Tribune-Review website.


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