Congratulations to Wendy Colon, RN, BSN, MBA, PVMC’s Trauma/Emergency Management coordinator, for her recent assignment of Team Commander of the CO-2 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), a response team for the National Disaster Medical System.
Wendy is one of only eight women (out of 92 teams) in the country selected by the National Disaster Medical System Director and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. DMAT is a group of medical personnel supported by logistic and administrative staff who quickly respond to provide medical care during a disaster or other crisis event. DMATs deploy to disaster sites with sufficient supplies and equipment to sustain themselves for a period of 72-hours while providing medical care at a fixed or temporary medical care site.
“When I joined this team 18 years ago, it was to go to areas of devastation and provide medical care to those in need,” Wendy explains. “I had no idea that I would reach the highest position within the CO2 DMAT team! I have had the privilege to deploy to many disasters and have been able to assist and care for the victims of these disasters. I plan on continuing to respond when called.”