That was the answer given by Louisiana State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy to a question raised by an audience member at a presentation given on July 26th regarding the fiscal realities of the proposed UMC Academic Medical Center.  The question was about what Charity Hospital supporters can do to convince State officials to reuse the existing Reverend Avery C. Alexander Hospital to house the new downtown hospital – one we can afford, and one that will be sustainable for years to come.
The Treasurer emphasized that our calls, emails and faxes DO make a difference and that, though every legislator may not reply, every call is heard and every fax and email are read.
Let the Governor, State Legislators, Commissioner Rainwater, and the UMC Board know that you want them to use your tax money responsibly and include Charity Hospital In the new Verite and Kaufman-Hall study.
With the previous releases of two studies by both Verite and Kaufman-Hall – well respected financial consulting firms – confirming that theproposed plan for the new University Medical Center (UMC) in New Orleans is not feasible, Governor Jindal asked the UMC Board to produce a business plan and consider all options for the best and most affordable plan for the new UMC Academic Medical Center.  [Letter attached] – We hope to take the Governor at his word and that the UMC Board will truly pursue ALL OPTIONS, including asking it’s financial analysts – Verite and Kaufman-Hall – to study the use of the existing Charity Hospital building as one of those options.
Email the Governor, the UMC Board and state officials now
In these challenging economic times, Louisianians cannot afford to not consider all of the options to find the most fiscally responsible way to return health-care and jobs to the region FASTER.
Please consider taking a few moments of your time to email the Governor, the UMC Board and your State Legislators to urge that they include in their new study the option of retrofitting a modern state-of-the-art hospital inside the existing Reverend Avery C. Alexander Charity Hospital.
Sign our petition – OR – contact The UMC Board and Louisiana State and Federal Representatives yourself.
Governor Jindal
Louisiana State Representatives
Louisiana Federal Representatives
Commissioner Rainwater: doacommissioner@la.gov
(225) 342-7000 or (800) 354-9548 (Toll Free)
The UMC Board: dbrass@lsu.edu
225 578 5589
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