John Woycitzky, a cardiovascular laboratory technician from Chandler, helped patients affected by Hurricane Matthew as a member part of a National Disaster Medical Assistance Team.
The group provided medical support to a hospital in Brevard County, Florida.
“Like every disaster, Hurricane Matthew carries the potential to impact, particularly with the extensive power outages and flooding that resulted, and NDMS members are answering the call of duty to help affected residents,” said Ron Miller, acting director of NDMS. “When a state requests our assistance, we will gladly be there to serve until the last patient leaves our care.”
Leading up to the storm, more than 1,000 NDMS personnel were pre-positioned or on alert to assist communities affected by the hurricane.
The NDMS is a federal program that can support communities with medical care, veterinary care and mortuary assistance during disasters or public health emergencies. NDMS teams consist of physicians, nurses, veterinary staff, paramedics, fatality management professionals and experienced command and control staff. Info: phe.gov.