Lafayette General rallies for Oklahoma hospital


Employees of Lafayette General Health are accustomed to helping residents across Acadiana. On Friday, their compassion was extended to Moore, Okla., the area devastated by a massive tornado on May 20.

Lafayette General Health held a fund-raising T-shirt drive to benefit Moore Medical Center, the hospital that suffered a direct hit and has been shuttered ever since. The shirt sales ended up generating $15,000 in aid.

Moore Medical Center, a two-story, 45-bed facility, was severely damaged by the tornado, and it is still uncertain whether the existing structure can be salvaged. The 30 patients and more than 300 employees at the hospital at the time of the storm survived, but had to be transferred to other facilities in the Norman Regional Health System.

Lafayette General’s Community Relations Department designed the Ragin’ Cajun-red T-shirts, which feature a silhouette of Oklahoma and the phrase "Do Moore.” Employees are allowed to wear the shirts to work through next week. On Friday, employees donning the shirts gathered in front of Lafayette General Medical Center to pose for a photo with the $15,000 check made out to Moore Medical Center.

"The response was overwhelming,” says David L. Callecod, President and CEO of Lafayette General Health. "We sold well over a thousand shirts, which shows how generous and thoughtful our people are. Our administration couldn’t be prouder of their efforts.”

Photos: Employees of LGMC and Lafayette General Surgical Hospital sport their red shirts in support of Moore Medical Center.

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