09.08.06

Burr to Host Carolinas MED-1 Mobile Hospital Demonstration at U.S. Capitol

Event to highlight capabilities of North Carolina mobile hospital during a public health or medical emergency

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Richard Burr will host a demonstration of the Carolinas MED-1 Mobile Hospital at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, September 13. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt and Congresswoman Sue Myrick (R-NC) will join Senator Burr at the event. The demonstration will highlight the capabilities of mobile medical assets during a public health or medical emergency. Carolinas MED-1 mobile hospital is based in Charlotte and is part of Carolinas Medical Center.



MED-1 was deployed to the Gulf Coast in response to Hurricane Katrina and again last winter to New Orleans to assist in the continuing struggle to accommodate medical surge capacity needs in the aftermath of Katrina.



WHO: U.S. Senator Richard Burr, Secretary Leavitt, and Congresswoman Sue Myrick



WHAT: Carolinas MED-1 Mobile Hospital Demonstration tour and press avail



WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, 2006

11:30 AM Senator Burr, Secretary Leavitt, and Congresswoman Myrick will tour the mobile hospital with press

12:00 PM Senator Burr delivers brief remarks highlighting the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act; Senator Burr, Secretary Leavitt, and Congresswoman Myrick will participate in press avail



WHERE: U.S. Capitol, west side of the Capitol Building, near the Botanic Garden and the Capitol Reflecting Pool.



As Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness, Senator Burr has introduced the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act. The legislation aims to improve our public health and medical preparedness and responses during emergencies and disasters.



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