Tuesday, February 07, 2006

These photographs were taken immediately after the hurricane, since then the governor has allowed the people of South East Louisiana to seek care in tents or wait for care sometimes as long as 24 hours for medical care. This is not a Republican, Democratic, or Independent issue this is an issue of the Governor not being willing to make executive decisions in the best interest of the people of the state and save the state hospital. Instead she wants to blame FEMA and President Bush for not caring for the people when she is in direct control of Charity Hospital. Now she is allowing her people to open University Hospital which did have flooding in the Emergency Room rather reopening Charity at least in the short term to ensure people can get quality medical care in New Orleans. Note the Hancock County Hospital in Mississippi lost its whole first floor and was operational by the end of January, just Google it and you will see the facts.

Note Charity's basement was drained on September 14, 2005 by the USS Iwa Jima's damage control team. As for the asbestos in the basement of the building, the basement can be sealed off from the rest of the building in the short term allowing for people to be cared for in the building. Instead according to WWLTV the tent hospitals might be moved from the Convention Center to Grocery Stores. The Blanco administration will not even attempt to do what is right for the people of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana. Remember 70% of the doctors who chose to stay after graduation in Louisiana trained at Charity can we as state afford to loose this resource. As the state of health care in New Orleans so goes the state, too many of our professionals train there state wide.
This is state resource, when FEMA turns down a full buyout of the hospital what does Blanco's administration do it moves into the most vulnerable of the two state hospitals in New Orleans to flooding. This is a typical Louisiana temper tantrum you don t get your way so you deny services and tell the feds you need more money. After Katrina as people have lost jobs and insurance Charity is needed more than ever. The people of this state own this hospital, and deserve a second public transparent independent opinion of the damages. Our people are suffering yet the Governor can spend $600,000 to fix her office while the people of South East Louisiana can not get timely medical care, and surely do not have access to a functioning trauma center. Instead our state is begging FEMA for another mobile hospital unit to care for the expected rise in demand for hospital services during Mardi Gras. Even if a new hospital is needed it will take 3-5 years to build we need to do battle to save the lives of our people with what we got, not what wish for now. "While people die Blanco can not decide" this her leadership style.

To give you the mindset of our current administration these quote from Mr. Jerry Jones ( the man who approved the $600,000 walnut paneling and granite counter top remodel of governors office on the basis of safety hazards) says it all,

1. " Some buildings on the list might not get repaired at all. The
federal government will pay to restore government buildings to
their pre-storm condition, but won't pay for upgrades. "If you
had a sorry facility before the storm, they will restore you back
to your sorry facility," Jones said."
2. " In the case of Charity Hospital, for example, there is broad
consensus among administration officials that the building was in
such disrepair before Katrina that it would make little sense to
rebuild it as a hospital. The state could instead use the repair
money towards a new building."
3. "If I have anything to say about it, we're not going to rebuild
Charity", Jones said

Quotes from Febuary 3, 2006 Times Picayune article, "Building repair ranked by Urgency", Jan Moller author

*Note all photographs supplied by out of state rescue worker.

I guess the people who have nothing now don't deserve pre-Katrina health care.


A concerned Louisianian


Blogger Evacuee said...

Just curious, any proof that these pictures were taken when you say they were?

7:45 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I received an e-mail from you and certainly will help you get this out. I too think it's very important.

I would have answered you in an e-mail but am at this very moment unable to send e-mail! I'm trying to get that problem solved.

As soon as I have the time I will put a link up to your site on both of my blogs. It may be a day or two, because I also repair computers and have several jobs to do.

7:13 AM  
Blogger concerned for charity said...

Evacuee what I can say is the photos are post Katrina, had it been pre Katrina patients would have been everywhere.

7:39 AM  
Blogger concerned for charity said...

You can email us at concernedforcharity@yahoo.com

7:40 AM  
Blogger Charity Doc said...

Thanks for posting pictures of the Accident Room, Rm 4, and the MER. Yes, how can there be a New Orleans with out The Big Free? I cried for my Charity family ever since Katrina.

Those who think that these pics were taken before Katrina obviously do not know the legacy of Charity Hospital. The Emergency Department of Charity Hospital is NEVER EMPTY without patients!!!!

Please keep me in touch.


8:43 AM  
Blogger nolaerdoc said...

A fact that has not been mentioned in this blog is that the ER at charity was not presented to inspectors in the condition in these photos. The ER was put back into a state of disrepair to appear in worse condition for the inspectors. Volunteers and the military worked incredibly hard to get the ER back into working condition. Undoing their work in an attempt to misguide the inspectors was nothing less than fraudulent.

3:25 AM  

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