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On the Frontlines at Memorial Medical Center

On the Frontlines at Memorial Medical Center

by Sheri Fink, ProPublica -- August 27, 2009 10:15 a.m. EDT | See Related Story.

The Hospital Staff and Coroner
Dr. Bill Armington
Neuroradiologist
Kamel Boughrara
LifeCare Nursing
Director

Lori Budo
I.C.U. Nurse

Dr. Ewing Cook
Pulmonary Specialist

Dr. Richard Deichmann
Medical-Department Chairman
L. Rene Goux
Chief Executive
Andre Gremillion
LifeCare Registered Nurse

Gina Isbell
LifeCare Nursing Director
Kristy Johnson
LifeCare's Director of Physical Medicine

Dr. Bryant King
Internist

Cheri Landry
I.C.U. Nurse
Therese Mendez
LifeCare Nurse Executive
Susan Mulderick
Nursing Director,
“Emergency-Incident Commander” for Katrina

Dr. Anna Pou
Head- and Neck-
Cancer Surgeon
Diane Robichaux
LifeCare Assistant Administrator and
Incident Commander
Dr. John Thiele
Pulmonologist
Dr. John Walsh
Surgeon

Karen Wynn
I.C.U. Nurse Manager
The Patients and Their Relatives

Jannie Burgess
A 79-year-old I.C.U. patient, Jannie was being treated for advanced uterine cancer and kidney failure. She died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005. Vera LeBlanc An 82-year-old LifeCare patient who was recovering from colon-cancer surgery and whose chart read “Do Not Resuscitate,” Vera was rescued by her son and daughter-in-law and evacuated from Memorial by boat.

Carrie Everett
The widow of Emmett Everett, Carrie searched for her husband for two weeks after Katrina before learning he was dead. She filed wrongful-death lawsuits against Tenet, LifeCare, Pou, Landry and Budo.
Angela McManus
The daughter of a LifeCare patient, Angela tried to rescind her mother’s D.N.R. after overhearing workers discussing the decision to defer evacuation for D.N.R. patients. She says she was told that there were no doctors available to rescind the order.
Emmett Everett A 61-year-old, 380-pound LifeCare patient who was awaiting colostomy surgery, Emmett remained alert during the days after Katrina, even asking Thursday morning, “So are we ready to rock and roll?” He died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005. Wilda McManus A LifeCare patient, Wilda was being treated for a serious blood infection. She died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005.
Carrie Hall A 78-year-old LifeCare patient whose family called her Ma-Dear, Carrie grabbed a passing nurse Wednesday night to indicate she needed her tracheostomy cleared. She died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005.
Rose Savoie
A 90-year-old LifeCare patient, Rose had acute bronchitis and a history of kidney problems. She died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005.
Alice Hutzler A 90-year-old woman, Miss Alice, as she was called by nurse Isbell, had come to LifeCare for treatment of pneumonia. She died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005.
Rodney Scott
An obese I.C.U. patient who was recovering from heart problems and several operations, Rodney was the last living patient to be evacuated from Memorial.

Mark and Sandra LeBlanc
The son and daughter-in-law of Vera LeBlanc, a LifeCare patient, they organized two airboats to help evacuate Memorial. When they saw the conditions inside, they forced their way to the second floor and carried Vera down to one of the boats to rescue her.    
The Officials

Charles Foti Jr.
Louisiana Attorney General

Frank Minyard
Orleans Parish Coroner