Venkat Banda, MD - Medical Director, Baton Rouge General – Mid City
What was Mid City hospital like back in the day?
Vibrant. Fun. And it was the people who made it that way – patients
and employees. I grew up at this hospital, so it holds a special place
in my heart.
How does it feel to be back now?
There’s definitely a sense of nostalgia. Employees who worked here
in the past are excited to be “home” and enjoy telling coworkers
stories from “back when.” But right now, we are very focused,
and mission-driven. We re-opened the [acute care] doors again to help
our community care for patients through this crisis. As things return
to normal, I hope the community and state/local leaders want us to keep
them open as much as we want to.
What do you see for Mid City once we move past the COVID pandemic?
The best preparation for tomorrow, is to do today’s job superbly
well. Beyond that, I have always believed that Mid City was an asset to
the community. As things return to normal, I hope that the community and
state/local leaders see the value in making this resource available long term.
Tell us about the t-shirt you made for your employees.
On the front of the shirt, beside a white heart, it says, “Compassion,
Communication” because there are two things we know that work best
when treating COVID patients: Compassion & Communication. Compassion
don’t have effective COIVD treatments at this time and that is scary. Compassion
because our patients spend much of their time isolated, away from their
loved ones, worrying about the unknown. And communication because not
being able to physically be here to see how we are caring for your loved
one leaves family and friends feeling helpless and not in control. We
have around 100 [COVID] patients on any given day and we make sure we
call or FaceTime every family, every day.