CMMC Chief, Jackson Engage in Verbal Battle on Hospital
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4-A Wednesday, April 5, 1972 THE SHREVEPORT TIMES Newly Elected Louisiana legislators from the 4th Congressional District who attended a luncheon at Confederate Memorial Medical Center yesterday pause in the pharmacy where longtime employe Nita McMichael greeted them. Miss McMichael is chatting with Board Chairman T. B. Lanford. (Times Photo by Billy Upshaw) CMMC Chief, Jackson Engage In Verbal Battle on Hospital By Margaret Martin Times Medical Writer Confederate Memorial Medi-cal Center Director Dr. Edgar Galloway and newly elected black Shreveport legislator Al-phonse Jackson Jr. launched in-to a verbal battle over treat-ment of patients and employes at the institution—the teaching hospital for the Louisiana State University School of Medicine at Shreveport. The confrontation came at the end of a luncheon and tour of the hospital sponsored by the Confederate Board of Directors. Jackson, reiterating com-plaints voiced in a petition made public last month, asked what had been done to reduce the waiting time in the admit-ting room. The legislator also asked why there were no blacks in supervi-sory positions. "Is it because they are unaware of the process for promotion or not given the opportunity . . ." Jackson said almost all the employes in the laundry were blacks and he added, "the higher you go in terms of responsibility in the hospital, the whiter the department." No Grievance Plan He complained, too, that there was no place for employes to take grievances. Assistant Administrator Rob-ert Hall initially answered Jack-son, explaining that the board and staff "are aware of and trying to reduce the waiting period — not all have to wait." And he said that the new outpatient clinic under construc-tion and additional personnel — if money becomes available — should help alleviate the prob-lem. Hall also said that the prob-lem of hiring black supervisory personnel is "not a problem of discrimination, but a problem of not having any available to hire." "How many black secretaries do you have?" Jackson inter-rupted. "We hired one last month," answered Hall quickly. "That's the first one," Jack-son commented. 'That's right, that's the first one," Hall answered. "That's progress," Jackson added. Galloway — whose position comes up for renewal with the inauguration of incoming Gov. Edwin Edwards — moved from [ his seat on the side of the room to the front of the table. "I know a lot better than you! '. what is going on in this hospital," he said to Jackson. "I disagree," Jackson answ-ered. Galloway said there was no truth in the accusations, and! Jackson said, "There is." "There isn't," Galloway said again. "I don't believe a thing you said." "I'm not easily frightened I . . ." Jackson said when Gallo-way shook a finger in his face. "I don't believe you heard this . . ." the director reiterated. To this Jackson replied, "No shouting match will serve a I j useful purpose. I simply say to ! ' you you have serious problems in the area of human relations." "I don't agree," Galloway interrupted. "Cite instances." Jackson said he could, but Board Chairman T. B. Lanford said he would be glad to confer with the legislator at any time about any matter. But Galloway had the parting shot, "I think a hell of a lot more of this hospital than you do. You can't tell me anything about it I don't know. "Most black people in this hospital don't think the way you do." At least two of the legislators partially agreed with Jackson. V. C. Shannon said although Confederate is "a very good facility, it is overcrowded and antiquated. It certainly needs to be gone into, explored and investigated to the fullest. Em-ploye relations means efficiency to the fullest." And Sen.-elect C. Kay Carter observed that the "problems — are very large." He said there was not only a lack of communication between the "political aspect and the hospital," but between the hos-pital and its employes and the hospital and the community. He pointed out that some patients might come one day and not be seen, "and may not be seen the next day — maybe some do not need to be here in the first place." He suggested the possibility of smaller clinics in the communi-ty. Several of the legislators praised the work of the hospital. Sen.-elect Don W. Williamson said he felt additional funds for more personnel would help take care of the situation and he praised the hospital staff while Harold Montgomery said, "It takes time to admit patients to this hospital. Nothing in my opinion to speed it up except more facilities, doctors, more money . . ." Republicans Impressed Both Republican representa-tives said they were impressed with the operation of the hospi-tal. B. F. O'Neal commented "it is not perfect, but the world we live in is not perfect. Problems are being worked on . . .," while Art Sour said he thought it would be presumptuous to think patients at Confederate would be treated with the same manner in which a family doctor treats his patients. Other legislators attending the meeting were Rep. Louise John-son of B e r n i c e , and Sen. Jackson B. Davis of Shreveport. Other board members at the meeting were Vice Chairman Tony P e r n i c i, Dr. Charles Black, Dr. Andrew Mullen and Tommy Thompson of Minden. Medical school officials pre-sent were Dr. Edgar Hull, dean of the local school; Dr. George Meneely, associate dean, a n d Dr. William Stewart of New Orleans, LSU Medical Center chancellor.
|Title||CMMC Chief, Jackson Engage in Verbal Battle on Hospital|
Confederate Memorial Medical Center (Shreveport, La.)
Jackson, Alphonse, Jr.
Galloway, Edgar, 1894-1982
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