Following is a quotation from an article about the recovery efforts of Sumter Regional Hospital that appeared recently in the Washington Post. The article presents a look into the enormity of the recovery efforts as well as the area’s desire to keep physicians from being displaced.
From the article …
“We’re trying to be good neighbors,” said Doug Patten, director of medical affairs at Phoebe Putney Memorial Center in Albany, 40 miles away. “We feel the connection between the physicians and the patients is critical and when we can preserve that, we ought to.”
Patten said his hospital wants to ensure that Americus suffers no “Katrina effect” in which health care providers have nowhere to practice.
Hurricane Katrina disrupted the health-delivery system along the Gulf Coast, causing an acute shortage of doctors, nurses and other medical workers. Nearly 6,000 doctors were uprooted. Researchers called it the largest displacement of physicians in U.S. history.