Medical center in N.O. makes own evacuation allies
By Richard A. Webster
New Orleans CityBusiness (New Orleans, LA)
Copyright 2006 Dolan Media Newswires
The day after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham and Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston received calls from Ochsner Medical Center requesting assistance in evacuating intensive care babies and critical care patients. Memorial Hermann sent a fixed-wing airplane, helicopters and ground transport to Baton Rouge while UAB sent a Cessna Citation Bravo jet to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The private helicopters and ambulances ferried patients out of Ochsner to Houston and Birmingham. The two hospitals evacuated approximately 30 patients.
Despite state and federal plans to evacuate hospitals, Ochsner will rely on the relationships it developed with regional hospitals during Katrina should the need to evacuate critical care patients rise again.