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AMA Expresses Sympathy to Tornado Victims in Missouri

Calls on available Missouri physicians to volunteer services in wake of disaster

For immediate release:
May 23, 2011

Statement attributable to:
President, American Medical Association

“On behalf of the physicians of the American Medical Association, I would like to express our deepest sympathies to those affected by the tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri on Sunday evening. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have been devastated by the storm. 

As search and rescue efforts continue, many deaths and injuries have been reported. The disaster is amplified by the fact that one of the two major area hospitals, St. John’s Regional Medical Center, became a casualty of the tornado.

Due to the need for medical support, the Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services have requested medical assistance from Missouri physicians. The AMA urges physicians in Missouri who are available to volunteer their services to register at www.showmeresponse.org.

In addition, open access to relevant articles from the AMA’s peer reviewed journal, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, have been made available on the journal’s website www.dmphp.org.”

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Contact:

Shannon O’Brien
AMA Media Relations
312-464-4443
shannon.obrien@ama-assn.org

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