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MEDICAL STUDENTS TO RESUSCITATE 9TH WARD PLAYGROUND

New Orleans, LA – The Delery Playground, on the corner of Delery and Alhambra in the lower 9th ward, will get intensive care from nearly 300 students and faculty from the School of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans on Monday, August 10, 2009. A service project of the largest freshman (L1) class of medical students LSUHSC has ever had, the student volunteers will refurbish the play structures and grounds from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. to give back to a community that plays a crucial role in their education.

"The citizens of the 9th ward are a large patient base that we treat," notes Ross Gaudet, a member of the LSUHSC Medical Class of 2012, who is an orientation coordinator for the incoming freshman class. "Without their continued support of the Interim LSU Hospital and associated clinics, we would not have a patient base from which to learn."

The volunteers will sand and refinish to wooden pieces of equipment, fill holes, and beautify the surrounding grassy area for kids to once again have a place to just be kids. Even four years after Hurricane Katrina, many playgrounds around the New Orleans area are still in dire need of repair.

"With the help of the New Orleans Recreation Department, we are going to make a difference in this community still affected by Hurricane Katrina," says Gaudet. "We’ll start the year off right saying thank you by helping it recover."

LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans is known for its outreach with programs like Camp Tiger and others.

"The tradition of service to the community begins with admission to our school," says Dr. Steve Nelson, Dean of the LSUHSC School of Medicine. "We are very proud of our students who have the compassion to become dedicated and caring physicians."

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