Jack Cafferty's questions today included one of my hot button issues. As a past hospital leader I helped evacuate a 165 bed facility on the Texas Gulf Coast prior to a record setting hurricane and suffered through a dead river flooded 700 bed teaching hospital in Southwest Virginia.
Q: How can FEMA regain the confidence of the public?
Answer #1: They could actually rescue hospital patients suffering in dead facilities after the next hurricane. President Bush's "Lessons Learned" report never mentioned the group that did FEMA's job for them. A trade group, the Louisiana Hospital Association coordinated patient rescues.
Of course Bush's report left out more to protect his buddies down Pennsylvania Avenue. LifeCare's 24 patient deaths got not one mention in the White House "investigation". Guess who purchased LifeCare just weeks before Katrina? None other than The Carlyle Group.
Answer #2: They could be honest and change their name to EMPHYSEMA, an acronym for Everyone Manage your own Personal Hell while Yelping loudly for the Selective Emergency Management Agency.