As Southeast Texas continues to deal with the impact of Hurricane Harvey, our response teams are working around the clock to support patients and colleagues – ensuring their safety and essential care.
“Our Disaster Response Team mobilized well before the storm hit to ensure plans for continuity of care for our patients, and support and safety for our employees,” said Bob Loeper, vice president of Strategic Project Management and head of the Disaster Response Team. “We are contacting all of our patients and conducting well visits – in some cases by boat, duck boat or high water vehicle – to assess their needs, and we’ve arranged for temporary housing and support services for our employees impacted by the storm.”
Our Disaster Response Team has also established a pair of command centers in the impacted area where we will make resources available for our teams: generators, fuel, bottled water, medicine, food, transportation, dog food, scrubs, and even campers for temporary housing. These pop-up campgrounds have been the backbone of our disaster response efforts in the past – for tragedies like Hurricane Katrina – and we’re taking all measures to be sure we have local support in place.
“It is always incredible to see the team come together in times like this,” said Bill Valle, chief executive officer of Fresenius Medical Care North America. “We have employees traveling to Southeast Texas from all around the United States to support patients and their Fresenius Medical Care Family. I’m fortunate to lead such a dedicated team of healthcare professionals.”
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