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Dr. Sheri Fink was a contributing author at ProPublica. Shas reported on health, medicine and science in the U.S. and from every continent except Antarctica. She was a frequent contributor to the public radio newsmagazine PRI’s “The World,” covering the global HIV/AIDS pandemic and international aid in development, conflict and disaster settings. Her articles have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Discover and Scientific American.
Fink's book, War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival (Public Affairs, 2003), won the American Medical Writer's Association special book award and was a finalist for the Overseas Press Club and PEN Martha Albrand awards. Fink received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford, and worked with humanitarian aid organizations in more than a half dozen emergencies in the U.S. and overseas. She has taught at Harvard, Tulane and the New School. Most recently Fink was the recipient of a Kaiser Media Fellowship in Health from the Kaiser Family Foundation and she is currently a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Her story The Deadly Choices at Memorial was a winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting.
Nov. 1, 2012, 10:02 p.m.Hospital official explains how move to rooftop generators failed to prevent failure of backup power during Hurricane Sandy
Nov. 1, 2012, 3:36 p.m.Lessons learned in previous disasters help avert immediate catastrophe, yet, as a reporter looks on, health officials struggle to deal with glitches and unforeseen dangers.
July 21, 2011, 6:33 p.m.The agreement ends the action against Tenet Healthcare brought by families of people who said Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans was ill-prepared for a hurricane.
April 8, 2011, 8:44 a.m.Emergency plans call for local officials to take charge first in a radiological disaster. How and when the federal government would step in isn't so clear.
April 7, 2011, 11 a.m.Few hospitals drill for radiological emergencies, and agencies aren't prepared to handle mass evacuations. Many states don't even have a basic plan for communicating with the public after a catastrophic radiological release.
March 23, 2011, 7:04 p.m.A case brought on behalf of people trapped in Memorial Hospital ends before any testimony is heard.
March 20, 2011, 9 p.m.A class-action lawsuit involving a hospital where an unusually high number of patients died after Hurricane Katrina is expected to raise issues of responsibility for disaster preparedness.
Dec. 15, 2010, 3:18 p.m.In South Africa, life-saving dialysis treatments are rationed based not only on a patient's medical condition but social factors such as living conditions and the patient's support network.
March 14, 2010, 1 p.m.The Navy hospital ship Comfort has left the Port-au-Prince harbor, but some say that earthquake victims still need its help.
March 11, 2010, 12:44 p.m.A New Orleans coroner says he can't determine what killed a 79-year-old woman who died at Memorial Medical Center after Hurricane Katrina. Though the patient had been given lots of morphine, "she had a lot of physiologic reasons to die," the coroner said. The ruling makes it highly unlikely that any charges will be brought in the case.
Feb. 2, 2010, 12:50 p.m.A bureaucratic tangle leaves some Haitians struggling to find information about quake victims taken away for medical care.
Jan. 2, 2010, 11:30 a.m.Three years before Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans, a senior executive at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital assessed its vulnerability to the sort of flooding that had been long feared there. His conclusion is now evidence in a lawsuit against Methodist that could have significant implications for hospitals nationwide.
Dec. 27, 2009, 11 a.m.Health professionals and ethicists consider which patients won't get lifesaving care during an epidemic or other medical crisis.
Dec. 21, 2009, 7:14 a.m.With the threat of a flu pandemic, doctors are still struggling with a serious issue: Which patients should be given access to lifesaving treatments if more people need it than the system can handle?
Nov. 23, 2009, 7 p.m.
Oct. 24, 2009, 3:46 p.m.Health officials across the country are working on guidelines to address a worst-case scenario: too many severely ill people, not enough resources to treat them all.
Oct. 16, 2009, 6:44 p.m.Health officials in Florida are working on guidelines for rationing scarce medical care in an emergency.
Sep. 24, 2009, 6:02 p.m.A report from a committee of doctors, lawyers and public health professionals declares an "urgent and clear need" for consistent standards of care during medical crises.
Sep. 23, 2009, 6:15 p.m.Guidelines are being drafted for handling a flu outbreak that leaves too many people in need of too few ventilators.
Sep. 12, 2009, 2:36 p.m.ProPublica's report on the chaos after Hurricane Katrina prompts questions from a prosecutor, but not a formal investigation.
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