As you can imagine, Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center holds a special place in my heart. Not only did my father bring the "Impossible Dream" of a charity hospital to the bayou region, but he fought every session, not only to have it funded, but he fought to keep its very doors open.
He knew what it was like to grow up poor and have no healthcare. As he used to say, "It doesn't matter if you're poor and you're sick; you're still sick and someone should take care of you."
It was his life's mission to take care of the sick and un-insured of the bayou region. Upon his death, his legacy of fighting for the Medical Center was rewarded by having "His Hospital" renamed in his honor.
For the past three years I have served on the Chabert Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors. Our sole purpose is to raise money to assist in funding the budget shortfalls that the hospital faces every single year.
Now, Chabert Medical faces the same deep cuts that use to keep my father awake at night wondering how he would overcome the funding shortfalls that threatened its closure.
No one will fight for the funding of Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center more than I will.