Patchwork won’t work
Having lived in New Orleans and having worked in healthcare during and after Hurricane Katrina, I just recently moved out of the city (“Judge lets work continue on New Orleans hospitals,” ModernHealthcare.com, April 4).
The old Charity Hospital can be used for a host of things including physician offices, etc. However, the political impact on delays and issues surrounding the use of the building has left it open to the elements, and it also included wasting millions of dollars on air conditioning.
Probably time to cut the losses and work to build a hospital for the city of New Orleans. It is a shame that the city’s residents still are going all over the region for care and the hospitals in the surrounding areas are taxed with the volume, however, the problems are still with politicians trying to control the use of money.
Therefore, with all patients in the area who need specialty care, they are rotating to nearby cities and states to cover basic services. And the area suffers from a patient population that is still low because of residents who didn’t return after Katrina, or in my case it could not allow a healthcare worker to remain in the area because of lack of jobs. Larry Dunham Lompoc, Calif.