Hundreds of patients stranded by Rita to be housed at Waco and Marlin VA medical centers.

Today, Sept. 28, approximately 330 nursing home patients from the affected Rita area, will be transferred to the Waco and Marlin, Texas VA Medical Centers.  The patients will stay in unused and vacant space at the two VA medical centers and there is no current timeline as to how long they will stay.


As stated in today’s Waco Tribune Herald, Federal Emergency Management Administration officials took local VA officials up on their offer to provide space in Waco and Marlin for nearly 330 nursing home patients, said Bruce Gordon, chief executive officer of the Central Texas VA Health Care System.  The influx is coming from short-term shelters and private facilities in Arkansas and elsewhere that temporarily housed patients from nursing homes in Houston, Beaumont and Lake Charles, La.


“The VA has stepped up and said, ‘Let us take some of these people,'” Gordon said.  “There will be a lot of work, but we feel like we can step up and really help.”