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Michael Kurz, a new emergency physician at UAB Hospital, at left in blue jeans, helps oversee care of a patient brought to a makeshift emergency room at Green Adidas Basketball Shoes Dual Threat

HOOVER, Alabama The city of Hoover got an early taste of what it will be like to have an emergency room in the city during the height of the winter storm crunch Tuesday night and this morning.

"I didn't know how prevalent that disease is," Wingate said, referring to diabetes. People stranded in their cars for long periods of time without anything to eat had their blood sugar affected, he said. They would get light headed and unable to talk on the phone, so even locating them sometimes was a problem, he said.

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Dr. Michael Kurz had just moved his family to the Birmingham area from Virginia at the beginning of this month to work at UAB Hospital. He was off Tuesday morning and took his 18 month old son to a Gymboree class which ended up being cancelled because of the weather.

Eighteen patients who needed emergency care were brought to Green Valley for treatment, and three were serious enough to merit sending on to the hospital for more involved care, Wingate said.

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One of Hoover's paramedics is a nurse, and two additional people who were staying at the Green Valley Baptist shelter were nurses, Wingate said. "They all pitched in."

The city also had a lot of medical equipment in an Alabama Department of Public Health trailer that was designed for emergencies, Wingate said. Dr. Kurz was kind enough to lend a hand, and "It just worked for us," he said.

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Plus, the church gym was a large room separate from the emergency shelter at the church that likely would be big enough to handle a crowd if necessary, he said. The gym also had a nice ramp that Adidas Boost Rose

It just so happened that an emergency physician was stranded on Valleydale Road Tuesday on his way home to Ross Bridge and ended up seeking shelter at the Hoover Public Safety Center, Wingate said.

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Dr. Kurz faced people with panic attacks related to the cold, fractures and serious head trauma from falls on the ice, diabetic issues and a pregnant woman with belly pain.

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As people raced home from work and to pick up children stranded at school Tuesday and others experienced stress and problems associated with being stuck out in the cold weather in snarled traffic, Hoover's emergency medical personnel had to deal with a lot more calls than normal.

With roads iced over and traffic gridlock on every major roadway in the city, Hoover fire medics couldn't easily get patients to Brookwood Medical Center or the hospitals in Birmingham, and roads to Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster became impassable as time went on, Hoover fire Chief Chuck Wingate said.

Wingate seized the moment and put Dr. to help solve the transportation dilemma.

The Hoover Fire Department set Dr. Kurz up in a makeshift emergency room at a gym at Green Valley Baptist Church off Patton Chapel Road. It was a central location in the city on a well traveled path that was easy for Adidas Basketball Shoes Rose the department to reach, Wingate said.

allowed the city's ambulances to pull right up to the back door and the patients to be met at the door by the doctor, he said.

"We were trying to keep our people from being tied up for hours going to Birmingham," Wingate said.

Kurz, still being a little unfamiliar with the area, got lost when his first route home was blocked and he tried to find an alternate way. He called the man who recruited him, Dr. Henry Wang, for advice on where to go. Dr. Wang, who is one of the medical directors for the Hoover Fire Department, directed him to the emergency shelter at the Adidas D Rose 7 Chicago Away

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But there was one big problem.

Valley Baptist Church in Hoover, Ala., during the winter storm that struck on Jan. 28 29, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Ricky Linn/Hoover Fire Department)

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