Storms keep hospitals busy

Emergency Management Alert, September 9, 2008

The recovery from Hurricane Gustav has kept Louisiana hospitals busy and now preparations are underway for the next storm--Hurricane Ike--which could hit the Gulf coast by the end of the week. After Gustav blew through, a dozen medical centers were left without working air-conditioning, according to the Associated Press.

In other hurricane-related news:

  • In hard hit Morgan City, LA--about 85 miles west of New Orleans along the coast--Gustav’s winds and flooding destroyed generators at Teche Regional Medical Center and Franklin Foundation Hospital, as reported in The Advocate of Baton Rouge.
  • About 10,000 patients and residents were evacuated from hospitals and nursing homes in Louisiana before Gustav hit, the Associated Press reported. Six people who were critically ill died from natural causes during evacuations, a state spokesperson said.
  • The Interim Louisiana State University Public Hospital in New Orleans kept its trauma center and emergency department fully staffed during Gustav and accepted trauma patients, the university reported.


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