Episode 11 - Memorial, Part 1: Calm Before The Storm

New Orleans, Louisiana. August, 2005.

With Hurricane Katrina bearing down on the city, hundreds gathered at Memorial Medical Center, including patient, medical personnel, family, friends, and pets, to ride out the storm. Windswept debris shattered windows and flood waters began to rise. By late morning the storm had passed, but the worst was yet to come.


Five Days at Memorial. Book by Sheri Fink. Published in 2013.

“The Case of Dr. Anna Pou: Physician Liability in Emergency Situations” - AMA Journal of Ethics article by Ryan Bailey. September 2010.

“The Deadly Choices at Memorial” - New York Times article by Sheri Fink. August 25, 2009.

“Effects of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans” Wikipedia Article

“Hurricane Katrina” Wikipedia Article

Satellite images of flooding

Key Players:

Tenet Hospital - Texas hospital chain that owned Memorial

LifeCare - A specialized hospital with multiple locations, including a leased space on the seventh floor at Memorial Hospital

John Thiele - Specialized in critical care and diseases of the lungs

Anna Pou - Surgeon, specializing in head and neck cancers, who remained at the hospital during Katrina to offer specialized care for those in need that couldn’t be provided by many others

Karen Wynn - The nurse manager of the ICU and head of the hospital’s bioethics committee

Susan Mulderick - The rotating hospital manager on call during the hurricane

Ewing Cook - Chief Medical Officer

Cheri Landry - Surgical ICU nurse

Lori Budo - Surgical ICU nurse

Intro Music:

She-Wolf In My Heart (bonus) by Sergey Cheremisinov is licensed under a Attribution License.

Outro Music:

Trio for Piano Violin and Viola by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.