Honoring the Nurses of 4South

LD is excited and you should be too, because the Nurses of 4South of the Baton Rouge General Hospital, the segregated ward in the 50’s and 60’s, are being honored. A dedication will be held next Wednesday July 27, 2022 at 7036 Florida Blvd. in the hospital chapel.

Please come out and celebrate with us in support of the nurses, that they may know their labor is appreciated and was not in vain. They had to overcome segregation, discrimination and everything else that comes with living under oppression.

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Count Time Podcast Honoring the Nurses of 4South

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EP 35 Interview with Living Legends of Nursing – click image


Selected quotes and notes from Count Time Podcast with LD Azobra Honoring the Nurses of 4South

Good evening. Good evening. Good evening it’s 4:00 PM. Stand up it’s count time, time for every man and woman to stand up and be counted. Welcome to another edition of Count Time podcast. I am brother LD Azobra. Thank you for joining us today.

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“Modern Medicine
The morning of January 30, 1950, was a big day for Baton Rouge General. The small hospital on Government Street had outgrown its facility, and more than 20,000 people had assembled at 3600 Florida Blvd. to see the “new” Baton Rouge General Hospital open its doors. Many in the crowd had donated their money and time to make this new hospital a reality. That morning, 19 patients were transported by ambulance to the 250-bed facility, and the clinical staff got to work providing healthcare services, including emergency care, in one of the finest hospitals in the state of Louisiana…
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… Healthcare in the ‘40s and ‘50s focused on diseases such as polio and tuberculosis. To address the need for isolation and specialized care, the fourth floor of the hospital was set up as a polio unit, which at the height of the epidemic, housed up to 75 patients. Polio sufferers with chest paralysis were treated in “iron lungs” which helped them breathe. When a lifesaving polio vaccine became available, nurses and volunteers at Baton Rouge General administered it to thousands of Baton Rouge residents.”*
*History but not the full story.