Vidrine Says Confederate Hospital Due Name Change
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Tuesday, Oct. 24, 1972 5-A THE SHREVEPORT TIMES Vidrine Says Confederate Hospital Due Name Change By Margaret Martin Times Medical Writer Confederate Memorial Medi-cal Center will be renamed for the sake of race relations, and the word "charity" will be eliminated from the name of any state hospital in Louisiana, Rasmson K. Vidrine, state health officer said here in a speech to the Young Men for Good Gov-ernment yesterday. Vidrine's statement confirmed earlier ones from Gov. Edwin W. Edwards and State Rep. A l p h o n s e Jackson Jr. that Confederate will be renamed. C o n f e d e r a t e was formerly Shreveport Charity Hospital, but the name was changed when the new hospital was rebuilt. Hospitals with "Charity" in-eluded in the official titles are New Orleans Charity, Huey P. Long Charity Hospital, Pine-ville, and Lafayette C h a r i t y Hospital. When a patient goes to a "Charity" hospital for treat-ment, "he is labeled charity, the rest of his life. It prevents the rehabilitation process," Vidrine said. He predicted that what will r e v i v e Confederate Memorial Medical Center will be the (LSU in Shreveport) medical school, which is in its neonatal stage now. "In four or five y e a r s , " Vidrine said, "Confederate will be a high-class medical commu-nity by virtue of the school." For the future, the state's hospitals will become super speciality centers, not for regu-lar routine care, which will be handled on an outpatient basis, Vidrine said. "Houston stole the ball from us 10 years ago with Louisiana talent. At last, it is possible to rebuild." he added. For, continued Vidrine, one third or more of the patients who report to the state hospitals don't need to go. He said they could be handled on an outpa-tient basis at parish health units. Charity in New Orleans is already working towards this end, and in the last five years is down 500 beds, he remarked. In the future, every health unit in every parish will be used as r e f e r r a l centers by the hospitals. Turning to the matter of physicians, the health officer said Louisiana is above the national average in numbers and New Orleans is over sup-plied with doctors. The problem, he said, distribution. But Vidrine did not confine his remarks to the health field. He also discussed revenue sharing and integration, voting require-ments and U.S. Supreme Court decisions. F o r c e d integration, Vidrine said, increased hatred. "In my opinion the decision did more to hurt the c o u n t r y thaw any decision rendered. It set us back 30 years," he said. "Forced busing is wrong," Vidrine declared. He termed the property taxa-tion decision that eliminated property assessment as a re-quirement to vote in a property tax election "the beginning of the end of this country as a capitalistic country." It is demoralizing and will redivide all of the wealth of the country, Vidrine predicted. Revenue sharing is not the answer to the p r o b 1 e m s of government today, he said. "The state's share of the money is being spent for high-ways, while local funds are spent for huge, monumental civic centers, bypassing the real needs of the people," said Vidrine.
|Title||Vidrine Says Confederate Hospital Due Name Change|
Confederate Memorial Medical Center (Shreveport, La.)
Vidrine, Ramson K.
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