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New Orleans, LA – The Emergency Medicine Residency Program at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans was recognized for its continuous service to the underserved and medically indigent during Hurricane Katrina and throughout response and recovery. The LSUHSC program was also cited for teaching and training Emergency Medicine residents during and post-Katrina. The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Diversity Interest Group presented the award to Dr. Peter DeBlieux, LSUHSC Vice Chair for Emergency Medicine Faculty and Resident Development, and Dr. Micelle Haydel, LSUHSC Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director, on Friday, May 15, 2009, at 4:30 p.m. at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street, Salon 816.

Within hours of the evacuation of Charity Hospital, LSUHSC emergency physicians and support staff returned to New Orleans and began treating patients outside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, against a background of martial law, flood dangers and power outages. Four weeks after the hurricane, the U.S. Navy ship Comfort, staffed by LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine emergency physicians and trauma surgeons, began treating patients. LSUHSC Emergency Medicine physician Dr. James Aiken served as the medical director aboard the Comfort. The LSUHSC Emergency Medicine service became the first civilian ER service ever to be embedded in a Combat Support Hospital, which was located in the Morial Convention Center. Care and training continued at a variety of locations including in the Carolinas Med-1 mobile hospital brought to the LSUHSC campus to support the first post-K Mardi Gras, in the former Lord and Taylor Department Store, and in Jefferson Parish at Ochsner-Elmwood before the Interim LSU Public Hospital opened in November 2006.








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