A lengthy investigative journalism article appeared in the New York Times today about events that occurred at Memorial Hospital during the Katrina disaster.
It is a long article and I am exhausted, saddened and confused after reading it. I am not sure if I have anything to say about the conduct of the health care providers. As for the hospital corporation, the federal government and FEMA I think this just reeks of incompetency and moral bankruptcy. It is beyond belief that adequate resources were not brought to bear for handling hospital evacuation and relief staffing. The Katrina disaster was a significant factor in my decision to become a nurse, I feel a responsibility to be trained and ready to help. I have just completed nursing school and am a Red Cross Disaster Relief volunteer. I only hope that the corporations that are making billions of dollars a year and federal, state and local governments are willing and prepared to employ the services of the thousands of us who I know would be willing to help.
I have mixed feelings towards those at the scene but one thing is painfully obvious, Pres Bush and "Brownie" abandoned their responsibilities through incompetence and willful ignorance. The corporation that owned the hospital should be deeply ashamed. It seems a failure in our system that shareholders worried about their 401k accounts don't seem to realize that the companies they own have profit as priority one. It is a shame that the government seems so totally unable to do one of its basic functions.
My heart goes out to those who served, suffered and those who died.