Thursday, September 1, 2005

Physicians Needed Immediately

Medical Relief Efforts
Physicians Needed Immediately
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has contacted the LSMS requesting the immediate dissemination of the following notice:

Due to the devastation created by Hurricane Katrina, physicians, particularly emergency room doctors, are needed immediately for the Temporary Medical Operations Staging Areas (TMOSA) set up in Baton Rouge at the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center and at Nichols State University in Thibodaux. These TMOSAs have been set up to provide medical care for evacuees from the Greater New Orleans area.

Additionally, special needs shelters are being set up in Alexandria, Lake Charles, Lafayette, and Thibodaux to care for patients who do not require acute hospital care but who require oxygen treatment, tube feeding, or mental health care. Physicians who volunteer for these shelters will provide triage and medical care services as needed.

If you would like to help in any one of these areas, please contact Dr. Jean Takenaka, Office of Public Health – Emergency Operations Center, at 225.763.5751 or