West Virginia University has established a temporary medical clinic at Camp Dawson, a National Guard training facility about 30 miles from the Morgantown campus, to handle the healthcare needs of several hundred citizens evacuated from the New Orleans area.

The clinic will operate 24 hours a day, at least for the next day or two, to assure that new arrivals have access to medical screenings and urgently needed medicine.

By late Sunday afternoon, several dozen patients had been processed through the clinic, and at least one was transported by ambulance to WVU Hospitals for treatment.

The clinic is staffed by faculty and students from the University’s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, and staff from WVU Hospitals and University Health Associates.

John E. Prescott, M.D., dean of the WVU School of Medicine, spent most of the day Sunday at the clinic.”The people I have talked to have been very appreciative of the hospitality of the West Virginians who have assisted them on their way here,”he said.

At least 30 Health Sciences personnel and other healthcare volunteers staffed the clinic throughout the day, and others will take their place this evening. Diagnostic equipment, medical supplies and medicine were transported from WVU .

Other WVU faculty and staff at Camp Dawson include translators from the Department of Foreign Languages and members of the Physical Education Department, who brought sports equipment.