Monday, March 27, 2006

Blanco Bests Bobby from Nation Review on Line

Remember Governor Blanco Charity and the state of Louisiana Health Care won you the Election.

Governor Blanco having Charity Hospital to your back and making this comment "I've got my own power-packed people endorsing me, and I think they know how to get the vote out," Blanco said, prompting a roar from about 20 public officials standing behind her outside Charity Hospital on Tulane Avenue. "I'll fall back on my friends that cross all kinds of boundaries."-- Jumping party lines, Nagin backs Jindal --JORDAN, BROUSSARD SUPPORT BLANCO--11/04/03By Frank Donze and Brian Thevenot Staff writers/The Times-Picayune

I guess Charity Hospital is great for campaigns, what about the years in between????

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Don Smithburg and the Bullet Proof Tents--courtesy of NPR on Oct 7, 2005 click link

Don where are the hard sided ICU, OPERATING ROOMS, and other things promised. MR. Smithburg I guess the protection against falling bullets during New Years was impressive. If the tents are so bullet proof, why are they housed in doors????? You listen to this interview and all you can think is only in Louisiana. Our people deserver better and more competent leadership.
Congradulations to the Rally to Save Charity Organizers they made the Fox News Ticker click link to see their site.

Great job everyone, looking forward to your future projects. Our projects are independant of each other but with the same goal opening Charity Hospital.
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Asbestos remediation is common practic in the United States it can be dealt with by various means. KATRINA DID NOT CAUSE CHARITY TO GROW ASBESTOS. FACT EVEN IF THE BUILDING WERE TORN DOWN TOMORROW BEFORE THE BUILDING COULD BE BROUGHT DOWN ALL THE ASBESTOS WOULD HAVE TO BE REMOVED. SO IN ORDER TO MAKE THE BUILDING SAVE TO TEAR DOWN YOU MUST REMOVE THE ASBESTOS. IF THE ASBESTOS IS GONE THEN YOU CAN OCCUPY THE BUILDING OR BETTER YET IF YOU ENCAPSOLATE AND MITIGATE THE ASBESTOS THREAT YOU CAN LEAVE IT THERE AS LONG AS IT CAN NOT BECOME AIRBORNE. ASBESTOS THAT IS INTACT IS NOT A HEALTH HAZARD.
Open request for photograhs and documents pertaining the state of Charity Hospital or threats to not speak against LSU assesment.

Dear Reader,

I know as many of you do that it can be tough to fight an up hill battle against those incharge, while preserving your economic future.

This site has an open door policy for any and all verifiable photographs or documents pertaining to closing Charity Permanently based on Katrina damage. Any documents that show a pattern of pressure to lie federal investigators or hind from the press actual damage will be posted here.

Mr. Smithburg we do ask that you do not fire any employees for telling the truth and presenting alternatives to tent based care. It is highly distressing that Dr. Moises is on public record as having to quit his employment to speak at the rally. We call on you to go on record with the press and publically provide written documentation that ensures that all employees will have the right to speak freely and present options for opening Charity at the soonest possible date. Mr. Smithburg we demand that you ensure publically that there will be no pressure put on employees, students, conractors, citizens, or faculty who are trying to get the hospital running and treating patients again.

We ask that you understand that truth should never be punished. Friendly advise Mr. Smithburg you need to allow a second opinion, as the scret nature of the closing of the hospital is not sitting well with many people who are in the end your boss, they are called tax payers.

To our state wide politicians we ask that you hold Mr. Smithburg accountable and make him to present publically for all to see the Walter Adams report. Preferably this document should be available for down load in PDF form, and should be accompanied by the FEMA assessment documenting only 23 million in damages versus Mr. Smithburg's total loss estimate. Then as good steward of the public trust allow independant review of Walter Adams report. Because if you do not, under stand this we will hold you accountable at the ballot box.

Remember Charity Hospital is owned by the tax payer, it does need restructuring and better business practices--but it is our hospital.

All materials should be emailed to concernedforcharity@yahoo.com

The LSU system requires high-level clearance before any staff member may speak to the press, but spokesman Marvin McGraw said there was no specific directive barring statements at the rally. (What are they hiding and why?) click to read whole Time Picayune Article

Dr. James Moises, a former Charity emergency room physician, said the rally was called to press two demands on state officials: to call in a new, independent group of engineers and architects to assess the feasibility of reopening the aging 21-story hospital, and to provide a public forum for the community to make its wishes known about how the state should deliver health care services to poor citizens in post-Katrina New Orleans.

"Let's get some independent architects and engineers in there," Moises said in an interview. "We need a public forum. Let's put all of this on the table."

While it might take hundreds of millions of dollars to renovate Charity in its entirety, Moises said he thinks a flurry of repairs could have significant portions of the hospital up and running within several weeks. (quote from Time Picayune article click above and read)
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So to tell the truth and challenge the lie that Charity was totally destroyed a quality Dr. had to quit in order speak at the rally. Mr. Smithburg needs to understand just as you would not pull your loved one off of life support without a second opinion, Charity should not be condemned based on an LSU funded engineering firm--it is called conflict of interest. Mr. Smithburg needs to provide the full engineering report for public review. Mr. Smithburg also needs to understand he is a state employee and can be terminated for poor performance. Mr. Smithburg for a nation that put a man on the moon it is a mazing we can not clean a hospital in six months time. Mr. Smithburg either step down or roll up your sleeves people are suffering and dying. Tulane is opened and they got water in the patient treatment area unlike Charity Hospital.

For my fellow reader we need to change the culture of the threat to hide the truth, none of our Preciously few doctors should be forced to quit to challenge wrong decisions by Mr. Smithburg that are costing the lives and hindering the education of medical professionals in this state.

We need to remember if you help yourself it is easier to get help from others, playing musical tents aint gonna inspire anyone to give Mr. Smithburg more money to manage. Results Mr. Smithburg that is all that matters. Is Elmwood going to open April one, oh no another missed dead line, a few hundred thousand dollars wasted, and more suffering of people in need. Wow this progressive management.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Doctors, patients protest state refusal to reopen major hospital

By BRETT MARTEL
Associated Press Writer

NEW ORLEANS — Doctors, former patients and preservationists rallied outside shuttered Charity Hospital on Saturday, praising the iconic building's legacy of treating the poor and critically injured while protesting the state's intention to keep it closed for good. Click link above


Friday, March 24, 2006

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Charity hospital funds run short
Services, beds could be cut to meet $212M shortfall


You lost you home, your job, your career, your insurance, and oh by the way the safety net you could go for medical care is gone. This is what is happening in Louisiana. Our governor is cutting health care, cutting the Charity Hospital system, refusing to open Charity Hospital New Orleans because she will save 200 million by abandoning the hospital and seeing patients in tents, and aboval she is going to open the University Hospital which DID GET WATER IN THE PATIENT CARE AREA DURING KATRINA.

Dont worry it the private hospitals are going to take up the slack, even though they themselves are stuggling from lack of beds and funding.

WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP. GOVERNOR BLANCO YOU RAN SAYING BOBBY JINDAL WOULD CLOSE THE CHARITY HOSPITAL SYSTEM, WELL WE ALL KNOW WHAT YOU DID WHEN YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO SAVE THE HOSPITALS IN THEIR HOUR OF NEED. YOUR BOND COMMISSION FUNDED A HORSE BARN AND REMODELED THE 6TH FLOOR OF YOUR OFFICES.

Heaven forbid Governor a major health crisis occurs, when the rest of the nation is preparing for bird flu your cutting the one tool at your disposal to respond to the people's needs. Unlike Katrina you have been warned and the voter will not be forgiving of if our people are denied emergency resources again.


Saturday, March 18, 2006

Well the tents have moved again this time to shopping center less than a mile from Charity.
The shopping center was not ready and when profiled by Meg Farris Dr. Deblieux relates how the facility had no running water, toilets, and the Cheif of Emergency Medicine Dr. VanMeter was hanging sheet rock. Meg Farris's report

Wait a second here are we running a hospital system or general contracting firm, doctor should be treating people making them better not having cobble together substandard health care facilities. Especially when for the same amount of effort the Main Charity Hospital ER could have been opened on a temporary basis by now.

Governor Blanco should understand the perception of musical tents does not show progress or make the people of Louisiana look like good stewards of the Federal Treasury. It is time she take the lead. Nation wide the possible threat of a bird flu epidemic is gaining traction but in New Orleans we can not even provide basic medical care. God help us if a normal much less a bird flu out break were to occur.