September 24, 2005
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has established a toll-free number family members can call to locate hospital and nursing home patients evacuated by the facility because of Hurricane Rita.
People within Texas may call 877-623-6274 for location of displaced hospital and nursing home patients 24 hours a day. Those in Austin should call 512-458-7189.
Callers need the name, date of birth and gender of the patient. In cooperation with the Texas Hospital Association, DSHS will provide the hospital name and location if available in its directory but not the patient’s health status.
( News media: for more information contact Doug McBride, DSHS Press Officer, or Emily Palmer, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, 512-532-4971.)