With Hurricane Irene bearing down on the East Coast, TMC recalls three years ago its response to Hurricane Gustav. Below are photos and article from 2008. Our thoughts go out to all in the path of the hurricane and particularly to the first responders who will be putting their lives on the line. In the meantime, TMC stands by.
When FEMA began looking for NICU transport teams to help handle Hurricane Gustav evacuations last summer, the first team able to respond was from Tucson Medical Center.
TMC sent four people to the front lines for up to a week. They were at hand to rescue newborns in the face of the storm. The team transported babies from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, sleeping one night in an airplane hangar.
The staff transported three and four babies at a time – at times in a single transport isolette. This isolette was funded by the Tohono O’dham Nation.