Tales from the flood: The most highly trained walk-in clinic on the planet.



Dr. David Thomas, medical director of The Spine Hospital of Louisiana is an interesting guy… in the early hours of the flooding, he and his colleagues left their practice, and, in some cases their homes which were taking on water, to organize a medical unit at Celtic Media Center, the first shelter opened in the area.  They were soon joined by other physicians, specialists one and all, as well as nurses, pharmacists, and social workers to treat both the physical and emotional ailments of those being sheltered. It isn’t often that one can get a fellowship trained, board-certified neurosurgeon to check out a rash from exposure to flood water, but that is just one of the types of things they did… For a while, our 1st flood shelter also became the the most highly trained and staffed walk in clinic on the planet, and for that, we can be proud of Dr. Thomas and his colleagues.

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Brian Haldane

Brian started in radio in late 2004 as a part-time board operator, but “made his bones” in the business a year later when Hurricane Katrina struck, catapulting him into a full time position covering both news and production of live broadcasts. Haldane was promoted to Program Director in 2008 and held that post until 2011 when he was recruited to help launch a new station. In 2011, Brian helped launch Talk 107.3 FM. He was the morning show co-host, and helped build the show and the station into a top 10 performer. From there, Brian has moved on to work in Inbound Marketing, where he strives to marry the worlds of traditional advertising w/ the marketing methods of tomorrow. He also hosts a number of podcasts, including The Red Bayou Show, which is featured here.

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