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Health Care (2004)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2004-09-15

Duration: 00:52:34

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Health Care | Hospitals


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Zewe, Charles Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Matessino, John Interviewee
  • Galland, Holley Interviewee
  • Hines, Donald Interviewee
  • Davidge, Bob Interviewee
  • Spain, John Interviewee
  • Saik, Louise Speaker
  • Belton, Aldonia Speaker
  • Exnicios, John A. Speaker
  • Archaya, YaVonka Speaker
  • Daniels, Quentin Speaker
  • Byes, Clara T. Speaker
  • Mitchell, Shermeeka Speaker
  • Davis, Nicole Speaker
  • Trahan, Beverly Speaker
  • Bourgeois, Antoinette Speaker
  • Cerise, Fred Panelist
  • Wiltz, Gary Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from September 15, 2004, features Charles Zewe leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on health care in Louisiana. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: John Matessino, the CEO of the Louisiana Hospital Association; Dr. Holley Galland, a physician at the Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge; Senate President Donald Hines, a physician; Bob Davidge, the CEO of Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge; and John Spain, the vice president of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. The audience members then discuss: the state of health care in Louisiana; who should be responsible for providing health care; the problems with access to health care in the state; and the importance of preventive medicine. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are Dr. Fred Cerise, the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, and Dr. Gary Wiltz, a physician with the Teche Action Clinic in Franklin, Louisiana. They discuss: the role of teaching hospitals; the work of community health centers; and access to health care in the state. This episode was recorded at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Charles Zewe