WVMC Physician Deployed to Provide Support to Hurricane Victims
WVMC Physician Serves on Disaster Medical Assistance Team
Willamette Valley Medical Center’s Emergency Department physician, Dr. Tom Cronin, was deployed in September to Orlando, Florida, to provide aid for hurricane victims.
He was deployed with the DMAT OR-2, a part of the National Disaster Medical System, a federal uniformed service team that goes out to provide medical care in potentially austere conditions. The disaster teams normally set up tents as an emergency department, but they also provide medical support at shelters, help decompress existing ERs, or be on standby for national security events such as the inauguration, Olympics, etc.
Dr. Cronin’s team was originally deployed to help at a medical special needs shelter in Naples, Florida, following Hurricane Irma; however, they were re-deployed to travel Puerto Rico to serve at the end of September to assist with Hurricane Maria recovery.
Dr. Cronin joined the team in 2002 before he went to medical school. With a rich background in IT, he serves as the telecommunications and IT specialist for the team. He has put in an application to work on the team as a medical provider and is waiting for a position to open.
Thank you to Dr. Cronin for caring for countless people affected by these tragic disasters.