Houston, Texas —
All Veteran health care services will still be available on December 24, 2012 at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and the outpatient clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Lufkin, Richmond, Lake Jackson, Galveston and Texas City.
Patient care services including scheduled clinic appointments, hospitalizations, surgeries, and the Emergency Room will continue without interruption on December 24, 2012 to ensure Veterans have timely access to health care.
This decision was made because approximately 1,500 patients are scheduled that day for outpatient visits.
Veterans are strongly encouraged to keep their appointments.
Veterans with questions or health care concerns are advised to call the VA Network Telecare Center at (713) 794-8985 or toll-free 1 (800) 639-5137. Registered nurses, pharmacists, and administrative clerks at the VA Network Telecare Center are ready to answer Veteran health care questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The VA Network Telecare Center is not for life-threatening emergencies. Veterans with life-threatening emergencies should immediately call 911.