Book Club in May

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Book Club in May

'Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in A Storm-Ravaged Hospital'


As the risCover Image of Sheri Fink's nonfiction book, Five Days at Memorialing waters, stifling heat, and power failures caused by Hurricane Katrina reached their greatest impact, staff at Memorial Medical Center had to make difficult triage decisions, including designating patients as last to be rescued. Years later, this led several health care professionals to face criminal prosecution for deliberately hastening the death of these patients. So what happened?

After years of investigation, Sheri Fink, a journalist and former relief worker in disaster and conflict zones, explores what happened when caregivers were forced to work with so little. How truly prepared can they be for end-of-life care? And is the country any better prepared for disaster than it was then?

The book club will meet to discuss Five Days at Memorial Thursday, May 22 in Conference Room 1 at 7 p.m. There are plenty of copies available of this riveting book so be sure to check one out and get reading! For more information contact Ana Elisa at anaelisa.decampossalles@dc.gov or call 202-671-3122.