Guest Editorial - Hospital Flooding (9/17/09)
With the raging debate in Washington over health care reform and curing the ills of the healthcare industry, let's not forget that often our system of care works remarkably well. When flash floods hit Louisville on August 4, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital faced evacuation. The basement of the hospital flooded with 16 feet of water and all our electrical and mechanical systems were destroyed.
When the realization came that almost 200 patients had to be transferred to other facilities, everyone in our health care community responded promptly and professionally.
I commend our patients and their families, who showed great understanding and resiliency throughout their ordeal. Even a routine hospital stay can be stressful - this will be one they never forget.
The hospital has since re-opened. However, much work continues to return to normal.
Which brings me to my point of view - Louisville is fortunate to have such a strong health care economy, and a safety net of healthcare providers. Our strength in health care has been created through decades of investments in education, clinical research, and community support of our local health care institutions. The ease at which we were able to transfer patients on August 4th is due to the safety net of not-for-profit hospitals available in Louisville. As we discuss the gains that need to be made with national health care reform, let's remember the importance of continued investments that allow us these safety nets when we need it most.
I'm Tom Gessel, and that's my...Point of View.