Like the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the natural disaster called Hurricane Katrina is testing the mettle of the nation's healthcare system. The hurricane and its fallout have devastated the healthcare system along the Gulf Coast, with stories of heroic efforts to treat and save patients alternating with horrific stories of healthcare providers under siege by nature and man.
The support from all sectors of the healthcare industry to the immediate area has been tremendous. Donations of money, medical supplies and services, and manpower are pouring into the Gulf Coast and neighboring areas. We applaud all sectors of the healthcare industry for putting aside their daily differences, which now seem trivial, and rallying together to rescue their fellow providers.
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But once the immediate crisis passes, the real work will begin. The healthcare system along the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi will have to be rebuilt, and we urge the industry to continue to work together to make that happen. Over the next weeks, months and years, the industry must come together with a coordinated plan of action to re-establish the area's healthcare system as one of the finest in the country in both quality of care and in its ability to care for one of the nation's poorest populations.
Who will step up to the plate to guide this effort? What will the industry's legacy be following the crippling of a region's healthcare system? It's up to you.