January 31, 2014

Hoover gets early taste of stand-alone ER during winter storm 2014

As people raced home from work and to pick up children stranded at school Tuesday and others experienced stress and problems associated with being stuck out in the cold weather in snarled traffic, Hoover's emergency medical personnel had to deal with a lot more calls than normal. Dr. Michael Kurz, who started this month at UAB Hospital, was directed to the emergency shelter at the Hoover Public Safety Center after finding his way home had been blocked. The Hoover Fire Department set Kurz up in a makeshift emergency room where he faced people with panic attacks related to the cold, fractures and serious head trauma from falls on the ice, diabetic issues and a pregnant woman with belly pain.

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