ETMC Trinity Physician Assistant David Price and his wife,
Radiology Technologist Connie Price, recently returned from a
two-week stint in New York helping victims of Hurricane Sandy.
As part of a 50-member Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) -
Texas 1 - a Federal Disaster Team affiliated with National Disaster
Medical Systems (NDMS), the Prices were called into duty following
the devastating storm.
David is retired from the military and has worked with disaster
teams for about 15 years, while Connie has participated for about
"After 9-11, we felt the need to do something and to give back
to the community," David said as he described how the 50 teams
assembled across the United States, two of which are in Texas,
determine their availability during specific times throughout the
year to ensure there are always teams ready to assist in the event
of a disaster.
The DMAT-Texas 1 team consists of doctors, nurses, physician
assistants, paramedics and EMTs. Price said once they landed in New
York, their first week was spent at a Level 1 hospital on Long
Island, an area hit particularly hard by the storm. David worked in
the emergency room and Connie worked in radiology. He said
during the disaster the patient volume of the hospital almost
doubled, which kept the team members quite busy.
During their second week there, the Prices moved to what
resembled a MASH unit on Long Beach, N.Y., another area hard hit by
the storm. "Disaster work isn't glamorous by any means," he said.
"We go there to help and do what we can to help those in need.
During our time in New York, we slept on cots and on the floor, but
we were delighted to have the opportunity to help those in
The couple served during hurricanes Katrina and Ike and at Kelly
USA. In addition, David said, he also worked during the George W.
Bush Inauguration ceremonies. "The disaster teams were put in place
in the event they were necessary. At that particular event, there
were a couple of patients who suffered heart attacks, and we were
there to help. We were stationed about 100 yards from the
President, it was amazing," he said.
David said that they are ready to serve when called and the
administration at ETMC Trinity understands and supports their
participation with the disaster team and is always there and ready
to assist in any way.