The section of General Academic Pediatrics has been on the move, both literally and figuratively. After having spent time in a double-wide trailer behind the Lakeside Hospital as our general pediatric clinic, we moved into a first floor clinic.
We returned to MCLNO to care for the infants in the Normal Newborn Nursery when OB services were, once again, reinstituted at that site after Hurricane Katrina. We are alternating months on service with LSU pediatrics until the number of patients is sufficient to assign a faculty member there on a fulltime basis as was before Hurricane Katrina. Section members provide coverage on a week-by-week rotating schedule.
A second mobile medical unit was put into service to provide “Crisis Care,” that is, psychiatric, social worker, and case management services. This unit travels with the original Mobile Medical Unit and is also under the supervision of Dr. Alina Olteanu.