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Prices provide aid to ‘Sandy’ victims
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TRINITY – ETMC-Trinity Physician Assistant David Price and his wife, Radiology Technologist Connie Price, recently returned from a two-week stint in New York helping victims of Hurricane Sandy. As part of a 50-member Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) – Texas 1 – a Federal Disaster Team affiliated with National Disaster Medical Systems (NDMS), the Prices were called into duty following the devastating storm. Price is retired from the military and has worked with disaster teams for about 15 years, while Mrs. Price has participated for about 13 years. “After 9-11, we felt the need to do something and to give back to the community,” Price said as he described how the 50 teams assembled across the United States, two of which are in Texas, determine their availability during specific times throughout the year to ensure there are always teams ready to assist in the event of a disaster. The DMAT-Texas 1 team consists of doctors, nurses, physician assistants, paramedics and EMTs. Price said once they landed in New York, their first week was spent at a Level 1 hospital on Long Island, an area hit particularly hard by the storm. He worked in the emergency room and his wife worked in radiology. He said during the disaster the patient volume of the hospital almost doubled, which kept the team members quite busy. During their second week there, the Prices moved to what resembled a MASH unit on Long Beach, N.Y., another area hard hit by the storm. “Disaster work isn’t glamorous by any means,” he said. “We go there to help and do what we can to help those in need. During our time in New York, we slept on cots and on the floor, but we were delighted to have the opportunity to help those in need.” The couple served during hurricanes Katrina and Ike and at Kelly USA. In addition, Price said, he also worked during the George W. Bush Inauguration ceremonies. “The disaster teams were put in place in the event they were necessary. At that particular event, there were a couple of patients who suffered heart attacks, and we were there to help. We were stationed about 100 yards from the President, it was amazing,” he said. Price said that they are ready to serve when called and the administration at ETMC-Trinity understands and supports their participation with the disaster team and is always there and ready to assist in any way. ETMC is a not-for-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life in communities throughout East Texas. Other ETMC facilities include hospitals in Athens, Carthage, Clarksville, Fairfield, Gilmer, Henderson, Jacksonville, Mount Vernon, Pittsburg, Quitman, Crockett and Tyler.