EIRMC Heads to Houston

I.F. staff join HCA relief efforts in Texas

Published online: Sep 07, 2017 Articles, East Idaho Health
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Four members of the EIRMC nursing staff deployed to Texas on Monday to contribute to the recovery efforts following the historic flooding wrought by Hurricane Harvey. HCA Healthcare, EIRMC’s parent company, employs approximately 14,000 people at health care facilities in the Houston and Corpus Christi areas. The deployed EIRMC team will relieve HCA’s Gulf Coast Division staff who have been on the front lines of this disaster for many days.

“Hurricane Harvey has devastated countless homes, lives and communities, including many members of our extended HCA family in that area.  In addition to fulfilling their calling to serve patients in need, those same healthcare professionals are also worrying about their own homes and families,” says Doug Crabtree, EIRMC CEO. “We are incredibly proud of our staff who have volunteered to serve, and we are honored and humbled by this opportunity to share some of EIRMC’s finest with Texas.”

The local team – two RN’s from the Emergency Room; an RN Case Manager; and one traveling Neonatal Intensive Care Unit RN-  will serve a two-week assignment, at which time HCA will evaluate the need for additional volunteers in the Houston area. Other EIRMC employees have volunteered to deploy if needed and are waiting at the ready. 

In addition to sending staff, HCA announced last week a donation of $1 million to the American Red Cross and up to $1 million in matching funds for employee donations to the HCA Hope Fund. The HCA Hope Fund is an employee-run, 501(c)(3) charity that provides financial aid and resources to employees after extended illness, injury, disaster or other special situations. Local staff also have the option to donate their vacation time to colleagues in Texas.

HCA operates 15 hospitals, six freestanding emergency centers, five surgery centers and one freestanding cancer center in Houston; and a hospital with five campus locations and a freestanding emergency center in Corpus Christi.

Source: Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center