- from The New Colossus, Emma Lazarus
These words, etched on the base of the Statue of Liberty in the New York City harbor, serve as a reminder of the welcoming spirit that characterizes the United States.
In the spirit of tradition, San Antonio embraced thousands left displaced and homeless by the deadly storm that ravaged Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama in August. Within just a few days, Hurricane Katrina may have forced one of the largest human dislocations in this country in more than 100 years.
As thousands of hurricane survivors began to arrive in San Antonio, Health Science Center physicians, nurses, dentists, allied health professionals and students raced to respond to the cry for desperately needed health care at shelters across the city, and joined forces with disaster relief agencies to offer assistance. When Hurricane Rita made landfall a few weeks later along the Texas/Louisiana coastline, Health Science Center forces were ready once again to assist the thousands of evacuees who made their way to San Antonio. More than 200 Health Science Center families also responded by making their homes available to their University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston colleagues and other evacuees from Houston and Galveston.
"The Health Science Center is pleased to be a part of a community that opened its hands and hearts to help the hurricane survivors. I am so proud of our faculty, staff and students who worked around the clock in a unified and selfless effort to help those in need. This is true heroism and health care at its very best."
- Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., President
- Charles Bauer, M.D.
Professor of surgery and director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Biomedical Research
UT Health Science Center
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