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County wants volunteers for Medical Reserve Corps.

 


The Allegheny County Health Department is recruiting active and retired medical and health-allied professionals for a voluntary Medical Reserve Corps.

“We want to create a group of volunteers who have the appropriate credentials and would be trained to fit into our emergency response system so they could be called upon in the event of a public health emergency,” said County Health Director Dr. Bruce W. Dixon.

“A registry of ready and willing health care professionals created ahead of time will enable us to quickly mobilize volunteers who are qualified for the tasks at hand. We learned from Sept. 11 that people who offer to help in an emergency don't always have the credentials.”

Volunteers will be trained in emergency response, issued state identification cards credentialing them as emergency responders and protected under the Good Samaritan Act.

The Health Department is looking for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, veterinarians and behavioral health professionals representing a wide range of specialties and backgrounds, not just those who work in emergency medicine.

For more information on volunteering for the Medical Reserve Corps, contact the Health Department at 412-578-8349 or visit its web site at http://www.achd.net.

Creation of the Medical Reserve Corps is funded by a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

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