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'Big Relief From the Big Easy' Headed to Cedar Rapids Hospital
Date:7/9/2008

to 200 displaced hospital employees and other personnel at the St. Luke's Hospital campus.

Only three New Orleans hospitals were able to operate during Katrina, a Category 5 hurricane that struck the Gulf area in 2005. West Jefferson Medical Center and East Jefferson General Hospital were two of those three hospitals. Coincidentally, St. Luke's Hospital was the only hospital able to remain open in Cedar Rapids during the recent Iowa flood, taking in patients from Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, which was forced to close.

In the days following the June flooding, St. Luke's Hospital went into capacity management mode, accommodating up to 100 more patients per day. During the floods, St. Luke's Emergency Room saw their number of patients double. To help with the increase in patients, staffers from hospitals in the Iowa Health System network pitched in to help at St. Luke's in Cedar Rapids.

"We'll be taking tissues for our tears on the trip, because we know the emotions of Katrina will be flooding back," said Carter. "From Katrina, we know that recovery doesn't happen in the first few weeks after a disaster like this. By donating things that made us feel better after Katrina, we can help others feel better after their flood. We want to let them know that we care about them."

Others who wish to donate may call the St. Luke's Health Care Foundation at 319-369-7716 or visit http://www.stlukescr.org/foundation.


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