To our colleagues and friends in the Gulf Coast area – we’re thinking about you.
Reports from various news agencies and web sites on the status of hospitals in the hurricane-stricken area:
The Louisana Hospital Association has announced that all hospitals in New Orleans are being evacuated. "One of the things they have got to do _ we’ve got to plead for _ is to make sure that when these hospitals get evacuated, the National Guard or somebody is there putting major security around these hospitals, or they’re going to get ransacked. And it’s going to make a bad situation even worse," said John Matessino, President of the Louisiana Hospital Association.
Associated Press / MSN Report:
Hospitals across flooded New Orleans face deteriorating conditions
Hospitals Evacuate in Wake of Rising Waters From Katrina
Gulf Breeze Hospital near Pensacola Beach, Florida has dispatched their air ambulance service, LifeFlight to New Orleans to assist with evacuation of patients from Tulane and Charity (and elsewhere as necessary). It appears that Tulane has a number of patients to evacuate with only 5 hours of fuel left in the generators.
Charity Hospital in New Orleans is being evacuated. The Associated Press reported: As floodwaters rose around Charity Hospital, nurses hand-pumped ventilators for patients who couldn’t breathe. Helicopters landed on the garage to airlift critically ill babies. Doctors canoed supplies to and from Charity and three nearby hospitals.
Tulane University Hospital is evacuating more than 1,000 people with the help of the U.S. military.
New Orleans’ VA Hospital is evacuating as the medical center anticipates complete loss of power this afternoon.
All hospitals on the Mississippi Gulf coast have reported damage and most are operating on generator power.
Gulfport Memorial Hospital in Biloxi, MS reported major damage.
Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans has a notice on its Web site that Ochsner Hospital and all clinics in New Orleans would be closed until at least Wednesday.
Windows on five floors of the Charity Hospital in New Orleans were shattered, forcing patients to be moved to lower levels. Reports this moring (8/30) indicate that at least some patients are being evacuated.
Childrens Hospital, New Orleans has posted an annoucement on their web site that the Emergency Room is operational and emergency admissions are being accepted.
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