Letters: Rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina as brought about a state-of-the-art hospital in Chalmette _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- St. Bernard Parish Hospital in Chalmette Thursday, March 27, 2014.

Your story, “From Utter Devastation, St. Bernard Rebuilds” presents a vivid picture of the challenges that our parish faced after Katrina. We had to rebuild our community’s foundation of health care, education, public safety and governmental services. We are proud to be part of the rebuilding of our parish’s basic services. Through community support and a rigorous effort, we now have a modern, comprehensive, full service hospital and medical services complex, which is totally different from the previous privately owned hospital. This hospital is completely new and owned by the citizens of St. Bernard.

Today, our 40-bed, state-of-the-art facility has all private rooms and operates with a full force of 385 employees, 100 physicians and national accreditation. More and more citizens, as they return to the parish, are using our facility as inpatients, as outpatients for diagnostic services and for crucial emergency services. We are continuing to add features like our new McKesson Electronic Health Record system ensuring faster test results for our physicians and patients. We have recently opened our new Outpatient Rehab Center.

We pledge our continuing service to residents, businesses and industry in the region, and express our appreciation for their confidence and support.

Charles Lindell

CEO, St. Bernard Parish Hospital