Shreveport Medicine on the Move
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May, 1973 Shreveport Times a personal viewpoint Shreveport Medicine on the Move Dr. Rod Yeager (Editor's note: Dr. Rod M. Yeager, 33, is director of Confederate Memorial Medical Center and has served in this capacity since December of 1972. He also serves as chief of cardiac surgery for LSU Medical School in Shreveport and as assistant professor of surgery at the medical school. Dr. Yeager is a graduate of Centenary College and Tulane University School of | Medicine. He is a native of Texarkana, Ark.) It should be par-ticularly satisfying to t h e people of Shreveport to know that the quality of health care in the Shreveport YEAGER area has been and is presently of excellent caliber. This is directly attributable to the fine quality of training of the physicians in Shreveport and the surrounding areas. The dedication and unselfishness of these fine physicians is also in large part responsible for the outstanding medical milieu of the community. The fact that Shreveport has several outstanding hospitals, including several fine private facilities, an outstanding Veterans Administration Hospital, a center for the care of the medically indigent, a speech therapy and rehabilitation center, and a new medical school which graduated its first class yesterday, is no accident, but rather a tribute to the foresight, planning and insatiable unselfishness of the physicians, hospital administrators, legislators, and many public-minded citizens. It should also be comforting to the community to know that these facilities are only the beginning of an outstanding future for Shreveport medicine. Areawide planning to meet the needs of the community is continuing along many fronts. The Shreveport Medical Society, with its dynamic leadership is in the forefront of this planning and, indeed, is the "anchorman" for the future plans of medicine. The dedication and pride in the community of this group of physicians, the unselfishness with which they contribute their time, not only to the care of their own patients but to the medically indigent of the community, must be a source of pride to all of us. Doctors Contribute Time This contribution of time is nowhere more evident than at Confederate Memorial Medical Center, where practically every physician in town contributes at least a few hours of every week, both during the day and at night, to teaching and medical care at Confederate Memorial and the medical school. There is no financial reward for this donated time, but merely pride and dedication to teaching, continuing self-education, and dedication to quality health care of all segments of the population Certainly the new medical school in Shreveport is meeting its obligations to the community along the lines of areawide health planning. The dedicated staff is taking a hard look at the community to find areas where it can contribute to health planning and development. The medical school in conjunction with Confederate Memorial Medical Center' has a linn obligation in meeting the demands of training of medical and paramedical personnel for the entire Northwest Louisiana area. The future doctors, nurses and technicians to meet the ever-growing demands of the health needs of the community should be and will be provided by the training programs of the medical school and Confederate Memorial Hospital. The Northwest Louisiana Areawide, Health Planning Council, inactive for some time because of a severe lack of funds, only within the last few months has acquired an executive director who is energetically developing its program. A great deal of stimulation for improvement of health care in the community has come from the local, state and federal public officials. Gov. Edwards himself has taken a keen interest in the medical programs in this area, committing large amounts of state funds to the rehabilitation centers, Confederate Memorial Medical Center, and the medical school. Strong support from our local, state and federal legislators in the field of health care in the community has in large part contributed to the bright future of medical care in Shreveport. Certainly no small part has been contributed by the superb support and encouragement of the local press. Not enough can be said for the public-minded local community leaders for their donation of time and energies to volunteer work in the hospitals and fund raising. Yes, medicine is on the move in 'Shreveport, and with the continued support and interest from community leaders, from representatives of a wide variety of agencies interested in health care, and from professionals in many fields of the healing arts, the potential for quality health care in the area is indeed unlimited.
|Title||Shreveport Medicine on the Move|
Yeager, Rodric M.
Confederate Memorial Medical Center (Shreveport, La.)
Veterans Administration Hospital (Shreveport, La.)
|Notes||Photo of Dr. Rod Yeager|
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|Source||Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport Medical Library (http://lib.sh.lsuhsc.edu)|
|Coverage-Spatial||Shreveport (Caddo, La.)|
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