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Medical News & Perspectives
September 1, 2015

As New Orleans Looks to the Future, Questions Remain on Hurricane Katrina’s Long-term Mental Health Effects

JAMA. 2015;314(9):863-865. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.9797

Juara Wilson thought she might have been transported to another part of the world. The 58-year-old Baton Rouge, Louisiana, woman was the first patient relocated on August 1 to University Medical Center New Orleans from Interim Louisiana State University (LSU) Hospital. Since 2006, Interim LSU has been a stand-in for historic Charity Hospital, the 77-year-old facility where poor and uninsured people in New Orleans sought care. Charity’s safety-net services ended 10 years ago this week, after Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent breach of levees around Lake Pontchartrain left it in shambles. “I thought I was in another continent,” Wilson told a local news reporter of her initial reaction to the new medical center (http://bit.ly/1SPmLES).