December 2 2004 - TMFHS PHYSICIANS AND CLINICIANS JOIN TEXAS MEDICAL RANGERS

Press Release - December 2, 2004
TMFHS PHYSICIANS AND CLINICIANS JOIN TEXAS MEDICAL RANGERS

For Immediate Release

December 2, 2004

Contact:
John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542


TEXAS MEDICAL RANGERS SWEARS IN LOCAL PHYSICIANS

TYLER, TX - Today the top-ranking official from the Texas Medical Rangers held a swearing-in ceremony at Trinity Mother Frances Health System's HealthPark Plaza for local physicians and clinicians who volunteered to serve in the organization. The Texas Medical Rangers are a uniformed, statewide voluntary emergency medical response group that provides health support and medical expertise during public health emergencies and disasters. Governor Rick Perry ordered the formation of the unit in 2003 after
President Bush called for more volunteers to help with Homeland Security.

Harold Timboe, MD, Major General, United States Army (Ret.), and Commander of the Texas Medical Rangers, conducted the swearing-in of the first group of medical professionals who have volunteered to join the newly formed Tyler Medical Response Company, which is part of the Dallas Medical Group, Texas Medical Reserve Corps, Texas State Guard, commanded by Brigadier General Marshall Scantlin, United States Army (Ret.).

Luis Fernandez, MD, Chairman, Division of Trauma Surgery/Surgical
Critical Care and Chief of Combined Critical Care Units at Trinity Mother Frances Health System will be the commander of the Tyler Medical Response Company. Others who joined the Rangers today include physicians, clinicians and technical individuals who work in and support the medical field throughout the Tyler area.

"I've never had the privilege to serve in the military, but I feel that as a medical professional this is one way I can serve my community, state and country," said Dr. Fernandez. “We invite everyone from the medical field who is interested to contact us for more information.”

Health System officials said they support all employees who wish to volunteer for the program.

"At Trinity Mother Frances Health System, we commend and support our clinicians and employees who are volunteering to take part in this vital service," said Lindsey Bradley, FACHE, president and chief administrative officer, Trinity Mother Frances Health System. "We are proud of each of them, particularly of Dr. Luis Fernandez, who has spearheaded this effort in east Texas. We salute the spirit of service embodied by the Texas Medical Rangers and our participating staff members."

“I am extremely proud of all our physicians and medical personnel who have made this important commitment to serve their fellow citizens,” said David K. Teegarden, MD, president and chief medical officer, Trinity Mother Frances Health System. “The residents of east Texas should be grateful to each of them for their willingness to serve if called.”

"The Texas Medical Rangers will provide a needed service in time of crisis,” said Ray Thompson, FACHE, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Trinity Mother Frances Health System. “Everyone from the medical community who is offering their service for this program is a patriot, and we are extremely supportive of their decision to put themselves at the frontline during a time of crisis or need.”

Volunteers will periodically attend training sessions throughout the year and remain on standby should they be called to serve.
For more information on Trinity Mother Frances Trauma Services, visit
www.tmfhs.org.

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