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Tempers Flare During Meeting With Solons By MERRILEE LEATHERMAN Journal Staff Writer Tempers flared Tuesday when newly-elected black leg-islator Alphonse Jackson Jr. charged Confederate Memo-rial Medical Center with hav-ing serious human relations — and other — problems be-tween blacks and whites. The exchange took place during a noon meeting of the hospital's board of directors and l e g i s l a t o r s from the Northwest Louisiana area. Jackson charged, "People (blacks) have been here for years who have not received any promotions and there are some who have lost their seniority when they took ma-ternity leave." ROBERT HALL, assistant director, reminded Jackson that "the Civil Service Com-mission says that unless an employe qualifies for a step-up, he can remain in the same position for years." Sen.-elect C. Kay Carter asked Hall if blacks are advised of opportunities to rise within the Civil Service structure. Hall replied, "Yes, we encourage blacks to attend graduate programs in many things . . . nursing, for in-stance." Jackson said, "I'm not here to cause problems, but how do you account for the fact that there are several departments that are 'lily-white'?", adding that if the hospital is serious about wanting to improve things it should look into this situation. HOSPITAL DIRECTOR Dr. Edgar Galloway told Jackson, "There is no discrimination in this hospital. Don't come in here with accusations that you know nothing about — give me some specific instances and not generalities." Asking, "Who is responsible for administering the person-nel problems?", Jackson claimed that hospital workers have told him "We have serious problems — human relations wise." Jackson add-ed that, "When whites are nearby, the blacks won't dis-cuss their problems because they feel intimidated. When the whites move away, they tell me." Referring to a list of 12 g r i e v a n c e s he says were drawn up by hospital em-ployes, Jackson said after the petition had been mailed to the hospital blacks were in-timidated by people who inter-viewed them using tape re-corders. HALL AGREED Confeder-ate thad received the petition and that the grievances had been c h e c k e d , but added "there were no tape recorders used." Board chairman T. B. Lan-ford told Jackson, "I have told you before that you and I together would check out any complaints within the hospital at any time you wish." Jackson also attacked the admissions area of the hospi-tal and asked if there are any plans to d e c r e a s e waiting periods. He said, "What con-cerns me is that people have been out there since 7 a.m. and have yet to be seen. I feel 1 a committee should look at what can be done to reduce the waiting time." HALL TOLD Jackson all patients do not have to wait, but many do. He reminded Jackson and the other legisla-tors that an average of 300 out-patients are seen daily and 140,000 are seen yearly. He also said it is hoped the new outpatient clinic will help to relieve the situation. Sen. H a r o l d Montgomery emphasized, "You are going to have to wait in any hospital — whether a patient is paying or not — carrying this load. In a private hospital, he said, "my family has had to wait as long as four hours." Sen. Montgomery also cited an example of Confederate's effectiveness in treating pa-tients. "A black friend of mine who was sick couldn't get into a Ruston general hospital, even with me telling them that I would pay the bill. Since I couldn't get him into any hospital there, I brought him to Confederate. Sure, he had to wait, but he did get in." REP.-ELECT Art Sour said that, under the circumstances, he felt Confederate's staff was doing a good job considering the caseload. "I'm very impressed," said Sour. "Confederate is operat-ing in a fairly efficient man-ner and I think it is being handled on a humane basis. Like any state agency, it can't be as personalized as the relationship between the pri-vate doctor and his patient." Rep. - elect B. F. O'Neal agreed with Sour's views on the hospital's effectiveness, adding, "It isn't perfect, but the world isn't perfect. With what you have to work, you're doing a good job." CARTER SAID, "I believe Dr. Galloway knows what is going on in the hospital, but I can see where more staff is needed to handle the work." (Hall and Galloway have explained that there are a number of vacant positions at the hospital that can't be filled due to lack of funds.) "Your problems are large," said Carter. "I was not aware that the programs of this hospital are as great as they are. However," he added, "I think we need to look at everything. There does seem to be a lack of communication not only between the adminis-tration and its employes, but also between the administra-tion and the community."
|Title||Tempers Flare During Meeting With Solons|
Jackson, Alphonse, Jr.
Confederate Memorial Medical Center (Shreveport, La.)
Hall, Robert C.
Galloway, Edgar, 1894-1982
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