Author: David J. Holcombe, M.D., M.S.A., Regional Medical Director, Region 6 (Alexandria Region)
experiencing what was for Louisiana a relatively mild spring and early summer,
Louisiana’s hot and humid days returned with a vengeance in July. Daily
temperatures soared into the mid-90s, and combined with high humidity, pushed
the heat index to over 105
degrees just about every day this month.
Board members and staff of
Emergency Response Network
watched and listened in horror to the breaking news coverage of the recent shooting
rampage that erupted on a community baseball field in Virginia, which
critically injured Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise. The LERN family extends
our best wishes for a full recovery to Congressman Scalise.
This senseless act of
violence serves as the latest reminder that immediate and appropriate medical response
to severe traumatic injury can save lives. No doubt, the medical response to
this “ballpark shooting” incident will be carefully studied and analyzed for
lessons learned – two basic facts of this case are already being cited as
In the seven years since the Affordable Care Act was passed,
more than 575,000 Louisianans have gained health care coverage. This includes
more than 433,000 newly covered adults who are enrolled in Medicaid in the past
12 months, and another 143,000 plus people who have gained private health
coverage through the ACA exchange, or the Marketplace.