been on my employeer's safety comittee for 10yrs..just survived planning for hurricane irene --many of our service areas flooded but receeded within 24-36hrs...can't imagine no electricity for 5 days in hospital setting. iv'e been telling homecare agency should have backup generator as power often goes out in major storm affecting communications. will be sharing this with our admin team. karen
class-action suit filed after katrina hospital deaths settled for $25 million
by [color=#2262cc]sheri fink, special to propublica july 21, 2011
a new orleans judge gave [color=#2262cc]preliminary approval
 today to a [color=#2262cc]settlement agreement
 that would end a class-action lawsuit against one of the nation's largest publicly owned health care companies. under the terms of the deal, tenet healthcare corporation and a subsidiary will pay $25 million to patients and visitors trapped at memorial medical center after hurricane katrina.
the settlement would release the company from any future liability for claims by the class members. the $25 million, minus legal fees, will be divided by a court-appointed administrator according to criteria that have not yet been established. the number of class members is unknown, but there were 187 patients and about 800 visitors in the hospital when the emergency took hold. tenet reported revenues of more than $9 billion in 2010....
...some relatives of patients who died at memorial have opted out of the class-action suit and pursued separate claims against tenet and other defendants. survivors of some patients settled a separate action against lifecare, a long-term acute care hospital that leased space at memorial; one, whose mother died several days after he personally rescued her from memorial, disclosed in a deposition receiving a payment of more than $200,000.
the lawsuit against the hospital and its parent company, tenet healthcare corporation, alleged that they failed to prepare for and respond sufficiently to a foreseeable disaster. patients and others who took shelter at memorial were harmed, the plaintiffs claimed, because emergency plans for evacuation and backup power were inadequate....