Day: September 9, 2013

“Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital” by Sheri Fink

“Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital” by Sheri Fink c.2013, Crown $27.00 / $32.00 Canada 558 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER You know exactly what you’d do. You’re prepared with a drill, if the house catches fire. In case of gunfire, you’ve got a plan in mind. You’ve watched TV coverage of crimes, disasters, and floods enough to have envisioned how you’d react to each of those. You know what you’d do in a crisis – or do you?  Could you ignore your inner voice and do something wrongly right?  That’s what allegedly happens in the new book “Five Days at Memorial” by Sheri Fink: one of our country’s worst disasters may’ve led to one of medicine’s most questionable acts. When Southern Baptist Hospital opened in New Orleans in 1926, its founders hoped it would be “the greatest hospital in all the Southland.” Indeed, it had the sturdiest of buildings: when Hurricane Betsy hit in 1965, the campus barely blinked. There was no reason, therefore, to believe that the hospital (renamed Memorial Medical Center the mid-1990s) couldn’t withstand Hurricane Katrina. As Katrina approached land on August 28, 2005, there were as many as 2,000 people at Memorial, including staff and families, 183 Memorial patients, and 55 patients belonging to LifeCare, a “hospital within a hospital” that rented facilities at Memorial. There were...

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Doing a solid job of helping

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The way Rick Jeffery sees it, he’s been blessed by helping others. Jeffery, owner of Rick’s Brick Repair, has offered to volunteer his time working on bricks in need of repair at Keizer Community Church, located at 380 Churchdale Avenue N. Members of the church gratefully accepted the offer and work began last week. “For a church, you can’t go wrong doing stuff,” Jeffery said. “I do a lot of volunteer work on churches. You can’t go wrong when helping a church.” Don Oman said the church dates back to the 1940s and has been in need of repair for a while, especially around the brickwork. “The old grout is cracked and water was leaking in,” Oman said. “I was driving around one day and I saw this sign for brick repair. I stopped in and saw Rick. He said, ‘If you chip things out and pay for the new material, I will grout and put it in free of charge.’ I was shocked, in this day and time, someone would donate their time like that.” Two weeks ago Oman pressure washed the church for nearly six hours, then did the same thing the following day. Jeffery and others started on the brick work last week and are expected to finish next week. Of course, there was a bump along the way. “We’re...

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In July, the Keizer Community Library hosted a discussion about literacy in the community and it got us wondering what Keizer was reading. We solicited responses to the question via e-mail and Facebook from Keizer residents and local leaders. In return, we got a deluge of suggestions covering a wide swath of current fiction and nonfiction titles. The diversity of topics and genres was immense and only one book got mentioned twice, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. If you’re looking for a good read, Keizerites have plenty of thrilling potential starting points. Donna Carlson, office manager, Cummings Elementary School Read Still Alice by Lisa Genova An excellent story about the effects of Alzheimer’s on both the family and the patient. Not just factual, it truly tells a story. It’s a must read twice. Also suggested: Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel David Philbrick, Keizer resident and former city volunteer Read The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown It is about the University of Washington eight-man crew that won gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.  It is an inspiring, personal window into athletic accomplishment, the Northwest, and working-class America during the Depression. Cathy Clark, Keizer city councilor Read Sons of the Profits by William C. Speidel I got it after taking the Underground Tour of Seattle. It’s a hilarious romp through Seattle’s history from 1851 to 1901. I’ll...

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