Hundreds of LSU Health professionals have been on the front lines of healthcare since the outbreak of the pandemic COVID-19 in Louisiana. Resident physicians have traded their regular 80 hour week learning environment for a life of uncertainty but guaranteed to include ever-changing rotations, timelines, and guidelines in the presence of an advancing and unpredictable infectious disease unknown even to experts. In an effort to help these taxed residents, a group of medical health professionals calling themselves the NOLA Doc Project is fundraising to cover the cost of meals to feed them.
To assist the NOLA Doc Project, the LSU Health Foundation has created the LSU Health Resident Wellness Fund to support feeding medical resident teams taking care of the sickest patients in major hospitals. To date, the NOLA Doc Project has provided 1000 meals to residents, but there is still a need, especially with the resurgence of the coronavirus in recent weeks.
The NOLA Doc Project has partnered with local restaurants that are still delivering food. Their goal is to support as many resident teams as possible with a daily meal from a local business. Restaurant partners include:
Justine, Banh Mi Boys, Courtyard Brewing, Gracious Bakery, D4 Tabletop Gaming Cafe, Raw Republic Juice, Cowbell, Slim Goodies Diner, Blue Dot Donuts, the Golden Pear, SABA, Octo Hospitality, Bogalusa Grill, St James Cheese Company, CHOMP NOLA, Backatown Coffee, Tartine, Big Easy Bucha and Coffee Science Juniors on Harrison.
The following is a list of resident teams supported weekly by the NOLA Doc Project meal delivery:
LSU Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Touro Nursery and NICU, University Medical Center ER, MICU, Wards, Tulane Medical Center Wards, VA Wards, East Jefferson Family Medicine, Oschner Kenner Wards, LSU Bogalusa Family Medicine, Touro Infirmary Wards, Tulane/Touro OBGYN, Tulane Neurology, and LSU Neurology.