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West Jefferson’s Reflection on Hurricane Katrina
10 Years Later
Hurricane Katrina taught us the importance of family. As the category 5 storm was baring on our backs, our hospital family banded together to do what it does best…
take care of the community. Like so many, we thought we had dodged a bullet. In the aftermath of the storm, we lost power, water, phone service and ultimately access to
supplies. When the levees broke, many of our employees lost their loved ones, their homes and communication with their family. But what they did not lose, was their will
to care for the more than 300 patients in our hospital.
Their care and compassion during this extraordinary time, became what many consider one of West Jefferson’s finest hours. We are proud of our more than 55 years of
uninterrupted service, and we’d like to thank our doctors, nurses and staff who have made our legacy of care possible. And, we’d like to thank you for putting your
trust in West Jefferson Medical Center. It’s about our family, caring for your family.
Ten years ago and just one week following Hurricane Katrina, Susanna Schrobsdorff, a journalist with Newsweek, wrote “The inside story of how the staff of one New
Orleans-area hospital heroically saved their patients and themselves.” It was published September 7, 2005**. Her article vividly described West Jefferson’s response
to Katrina. Yes, as her column was titled, Katrina was indeed A Horrible Dream. However, the reality then and the reality now are one in the same. The West Jefferson
Medical Center response to Katrina was Extraordinary. The facility never closed and its physicians, employees and volunteers came together for their patients and community.
In spite of profound personal losses and challenges many of our medical team shared with their friends and neighbors, members of our hospital family, our community partners,
disaster teams and National Guardsmen and women in uniform from across the nation joined together at the hospital and on the front lawn in a MASH-like setting. In countless
ways, all came together to take care of the needs of patients from across the Westbank and our entire region.
Out of the wake of Hurricane Katrina, grew an even deeper resolve for West Jefferson Medical Center by its Board, executive staff and hospital family to ensure quality
health care would be available to our community for generations to come. Fast forward a decade and one can reflect on West Jefferson Medical Center’s esteemed recognitions
each and every year from near and far. Honors and achievements for its services, programs and its staff. The distinctions are nice but for West Jefferson Medical Center and
its leadership and its doctors and employees, the accolades are truly about our patients and community. Just as during and following Katrina, it’s about West Jefferson Medical
Center being here now and being here tomorrow. As West Jefferson enters a new era to become part of the LCMC Health system, Katrina is a reminder of yesterday but equally a tickler
of tomorrow and how important it is that we are all ready to care for the community with whatever hazard comes our way. West Jefferson is proud to say it is ready and it is
stronger-positioned than ever to care for the needs of those we serve.
** The original link to the article no longer exists, but you can read it here: