NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Organizers of
Monday’s massive, one-day, free medical clinic at the Ernest N.
Morial Convention Center in New Orleans are urging more local
doctors and advanced practice nurses to volunteer, because travel
problems related to Hurricane Irene along the East Coast have
prevented some physicians and nurses from reaching New Orleans.
“Our hearts go out to those individuals who are in Hurricane
Irene’s path,” Dr. Rani Whitfield, a Baton Rouge physician who is
the clinic’s medical director, said. “Six years after Hurricane
Katrina, we know firsthand the devastation that a storm of this
magnitude can cause. As we continue to rebuild here and pray for
those on the eastern seaboard, I encourage my fellow local medical
providers to help us support the hundreds of uninsured patients who
have registered for appointments on Monday.”
The National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC) is sponsoring
the C.A.R.E. (Communities Are Responding Everyday) Clinic at the
convention center on the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Patients will receive medical care Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00
Information on the event and how to register to volunteer is
available online at: www.regonline.com/2011NOLACARE.
Volunteer hours are between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Out-of-state licensed doctors and nurses also are welcome,
and the website has information on how to obtain a temporary
The C.A.R.E. Clinic relies on volunteers to make the event
possible. The medical volunteers needed include: doctors of
medicine, doctors of osteopathy, nurse practitioners, physician’s
assistants, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses,
emergency medical technicians, medical administrators, licensed
clinical social workers and more. Non-medical volunteers also are
This free clinic is not just for the sick but also for anyone
who is unins