Update on Miami Children's Hospital's Hurricane Katrina Efforts
August 31, 2005
9:50 PM – Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) LifeFlight helicopter left Opa Locka Airport with medicines, antiseptic, tetanus vials, donated scrubs, pampers, personal items with 2 pilots, 1 mechanic, 2 nurses and 1 medic on board. Helicopter fueled in Ocala, Tallahassee, Mobile, AL and landed at Houma Airport, LA, 40 miles SW of New Orleans.
September 1, 2005
Early AM – Shortly after arriving at Houma Airport, MCH LifeFlight departed for Children’s Hospital New Orleans (CHNO). LifeFlight airlifted two post-premature critically ill infants to Baton Rouge, LA.
10:15 AM – MCH Lear jet departed Opa Locka Airport for New Orleans Airport Supplies on board, include diapers, baby formula, toothbrushes, antiseptic, scrubs, fresh fruit, juices, insect repellent/treatment, medical supplies, personal items and water.
12:30 PM – Lear jet update arrives at New Orleans Airport
6:30 PM - Last communication with LifeFlight staff. The staff conducted a total of 8 patient transports that day: 2 from CHNO (1 trip) and 6 patients (3 trips) from Meadowcrest Hospital in New Orleans to Bell Chase Naval Base.
September 2, 2005
12 PM - MCH administrators met with Miami VA Medical Center and Coast Guard representatives at Opa Locka Airport. The Miami VA Medical Center serves as South Florida’s Federal Coordinating Center (FCC) under the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) and has been asked to receive, triage and transfer patients to area hospitals. MCH will assist Miami VA with the care and treatment of incoming pediatric patients.
5:30 PM – Louisiana State Senator Michael J. Michot boards MCH’s LifeFlight and accompanies our staff to drop off medical supplies at Charity Hospital.
We will keep you abreast of any developments.