April 13 2009 - TMF Physician Promoted To Texas Medical Rangers Post

For Immediate Release

April 13, 2009

John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542


TYLER, TX - Luis G. Fernandez, MD, chairman of Trinity Mother Frances Division of Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, has been selected by a Military General Promotions board and appointed by Governor Rick Perry as the third commander for the Texas State Guard Medical Brigade, also known as the Texas Medical Rangers. COL Luis Fernandez will be promoted to Brigadier General at a formal Change of Command ceremony to be held at the Texas Joint Military Head Quarters at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas on May.

The Texas Medical Rangers is a uniformed, statewide, military emergency medical response group that provides health support and medical expertise during public health emergencies and disasters. The first unit of Tyler physicians and clinicians who volunteered to serve in the organization was formed in December 2004.

Governor Rick Perry ordered the formation of the unit in 2003 after President Bush called for more volunteers to help with Homeland Security.

“This is an unbelievable honor,” said Dr. Fernandez. “The Texas Medical Rangers provide a needed service in time of crisis. Everyone from the medical community who is offering their service for this program is a patriot, and I am proud to serve beside each and every one of them.”

Soldiers attend training sessions throughout the year and remain on standby should they be called to serve.

For more information on the Texas Medical Rangers, visit www.texasmedicalrangers.com. For more information on Trinity Mother Frances Trauma Services, visit www.tmfhs.org.

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