I just spoke to a buddy of mine, Dr. Todd Belott a general surgeon and he said regardless of what Jefferson Parish President Aaron Brussard has said, West Jefferson Medical Center is open for business. Belott is hunkering down with 600 other WJMC staff members and spirits are high. The hospital is completing a vertical evacuation, moving equipment up from the first floor to higher floors. Some patients have evacuated out and Belott thinks the hospital has about 90 patients currently. So if you're in need of medical assistance not an evacuation site WJMC is here to help.
UPDATE: There are now only 30 patients. "Everyone is doing their part, the chairman of neurosurgery is carrying patients onto the bus," says Belott. "It is really incredible."