Peter Egan Jr
Peter is an avid volunteer. He is also a dog-lover who has rescued (and now supports) a grand total of eight cats and dogs, none of whom would be alive today were it not for Peter's intervention. Peter is a rabid fan of the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers. He enjoys fishing, watching football and playing X-Box.
Sharon Vogel: Inaugural Inductee into the Egan Healthcare Hall-of-Fame
Sharon Vogel is the most tenured member of the more than 200 upstanding nurses, therapists, staff and professionals who make up the Egan Healthcare family. She has served as one of the organization's most hard-working, talented, competent and consistent members for more than two decades --- 21 years to be exact. She signed on with a home health care start-up company that at the time was made up of only a handful of people, and which started off being run from the spare bedroom of the home Pam and Peter Egan, the company's founders, were residing in at the time. Her formal title, Director of Payroll and Benefits, doesn't even begin to describe the profound impact this hyper-competent lady with an uncanny feel for accounting and mathematics has had on an organization that now employs more than 200 people and serves the home health care, rehabilitation and hospice needs of thousands of Louisiana residents. For the very few people within the organization who were present when Sharon started working for the company (all of whom are named "Egan"), there is no question nor even the slightest element of doubt that without her contributions over her many, many years of service, the company would not and could not have developed into the first-class organization it is today. Throughout all of her twenty-one years at EGAN Home Health Care and EGAN Hospice, one would be hard-pressed to find even one individual in the company's history that would give anything less than a glowing description of this remarkable lady. Finding a past or present colleague that would even have a single negative word to say about her in any capacity --- from her work ethic to her extraordinarily high level-of-competence to her personality --- would make finding a needle in a haystack seem like an Easter egg hunt by comparison. Her contributions to an organization that began in a spare bedroom of the owner's home and has grown into Southeast Louisiana's premiere provider of in-home care services have had such a remarkable impact on the lives of so many people in so many different ways that anything less than a petition created for the sole purpose of reuniting all of those whose lives she has touched and thanking her as one would be an injustice both to Sharon and to the State of Louisiana, tens of thousands of whose residents are infinitely grateful for the unprecedented quality of care their family members and loved ones received during their final days on earth. The following is addressed to Mrs. Vogel directly: Sharon, oh behalf of all Egan Healthcare employees, former employees and patients - past and present - thank you for 21-plus years of excellence, patience and magic. You need no reminder of the fact that there is probably no one else on earth who could have done the amount of error-free work required to make some of the seemingly impossible deadlines you've somehow always managed to overcome. Most of us have no concept whatsoever of how our paychecks are created and sent to their respective destinations across the state, arriving like clockwork every-other Friday. There is no way for most of us to fully wrap our minds around just how much you've meant to the company throughout its existence. While we may not be able to visualize just how special a person one must be in order to accomplish what you've accomplished over the past two-plus decades, we do understand the fundamental gist of the reality that you are, always have been and always will be an incredible worker without whose contributions many of us would find ourselves in much different circumstances relative to our employment. With all of that said, I hereby nominate you, Sharon Vogel, as the inaugural member of the inaugural class of the Egan Healthcare Services Hall of Fame. We can only hope to be so lucky as to someday be blessed with another colleague so vitally important to the overall success of the organization as you have been throughout nearly all of its existence. If ever there was a person deserving not only of a place in a business' Hall-of-Fame, but deserving of the creation of the very Hall into which you're bring inaugurated, it is you. Thank you Sharon for your 21 years of service to this company. Your presence will be sorely missed, and while we'll do our very best to move on, your presence could never be fully replaced. We will miss you more than you'll ever know. We hope you accept with gratitude your rightful place in the annals of this company's history. God Bless you Sharon Vogel, and thank you for twenty-one years of excellence! On behalf of everyone in the Egan Healthcare family, here's to an exceptionally healthy, happy, lengthy and fulfilling retirement! Sincerely, Peter Egan, Pamela Egan and the Entire Egan Healthcare Family
Restore Louisiana's Wetlands and Coastal Ecosystem
Restore Louisiana's Coast Petition By Peter Egan Between the construction of levees all along the banks of the Mississippi River from Louisiana to Minnesota, the construction of MRGO (Mississippi River Gulf Outlet) and the dumping of pollutants that kill off the natural plants that hold together barrier islands, it is indisputable that the United States as a whole, and in particular the federal government, have contributed mightily towards the destruction of Louisiana's coastal ecosystem, creating the single-greatest threat to endangered species, migratory birds and the environment in general in the United States of America. Additionally, the federal government has declared Louisiana's offshore oil wells as federal property, keeping all of the money generated by the drilling --- yet another major cause of the destruction of the coastal wetlands and ecosystem. Therefore, the United States Congress should take responsibility for the consequences of the actions undertaken by the U.S. federal government, and commit to providing the monetary resources necessary to repair the damage and create a sustainable coastal model going forward. "Benefiting our nation since the founding of New Orleans, today the region provides approximately 30% of our nation’s fisheries, and 30% of the nation’s oil and gas supply. The coast that protects these valuable resources must be saved!" "Human disturbance has had a massive impact on the balance of wetland growth and decline. Since the colonization of America, over half of the original wetlands have been lost. In modern times and with the increase in available technology, this loss has accelerated geometrically. In the past 100 years, Louisiana has lost 20% of its wetlands, representing an acceleration of 10 times the natural rate. "The main forms of human disturbance are the river-control structures such as dams and levees, the dredging of canals, and draining and filling... The largest and most destructive example of this dredging is the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO). Created in the 1960’s to facilitate the passage of ships to the Gulf of Mexico, the canal destroyed over 23,000 acres of wetlands. The MRGO has now grown to 2 ½ times its original size and costs the government $7.6 million a year to maintain. Experts say that canals now account for 6.8% of Louisiana’s wetland area." "Eutrophication is another major problem facing Louisiana’s wetlands. Caused by chemical and industrial pollutants, human waste and agricultural runoff, eutrophication literally means “overnourishing.” The excess chemicals present cause the wetland plants to die, breaking the marsh apart. In addition to these more indirect effects, human effect the wetlands by draining and filling them, destroying them for commercial use, and dumping pollutants directly into them." Source: http://coastal.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=118 "Since construction of the MRGO and other canals that are intended to increase access and improve navigation in the area, average salinity levels have risen in coastal Louisiana. The MRGO, or Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, breaches the barrier islands, which serve to shelter coastal wetlands thus exposing once protected areas to the full effects of salt intrusion. In 1989, the MRGO canal was 3 times larger in width than at original construction due to coastal erosion that resulted from activity along the canal. Although the MRGO has been closed, it is still conveying salt water into the wetlands and salinity levels continue to rise, though not as rapidly." Source: http://lab.visual-logic.com/2010/02/saltwater-intrusion-mrgo/ MORE INFORMATION: "By 2050, if nothing is done to stop this process (Coastal Erosion), the state (Louisiana) could lose another 700 square miles, and one-third of 1930s coastal Louisiana will have vanished. Importantly, New Orleans and surrounding areas will become ever more vulnerable to future storms. “New Orleans can’t be restored unless we also address coastal and wetland restoration too,” says Craig E. Colten, a geographer at Louisiana State University (LSU)." "Today, South Louisiana is one of most intensively engineered places in the nation. Vast quantities of water are diverted or rerouted through a lacework of navigation corridors held in place by 2,000 miles of earthen, rock, and concrete levees. Walled off from the floodplains, the river can no longer provide enough silt to the delta to keep up with natural subsidence and sea level rise. About two-dozen dams also hold sediment back from the river and its tributaries. “We have tamed the river for the almost exclusive benefit of navigation,” says David R. Conrad, a senior water resources specialist with the National Wildlife Federation. The construction of high levees did end the spring floods along the lower Mississippi, but at an environmental cost, eventually eliminating many of the wetlands, floodplains, and barrier islands of the delta. “When you lose wetlands and flood-plains, you lose their natural services including storage capacity during floods, and when you lose coastal wetlands, you lose wave and storm protections,” says Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project, a nonprofit organization based in Amherst, Massachusetts. “Katrina in South Louisiana was an example of what happens when you disturb the natural infrastructure.” In November 2005, the National Academies released a report, Drawing Louisiana’s New Map: Addressing Land Loss in Coastal Louisiana. The report notes that building and maintaining levees and dams along the Mississippi River was a “more or less ubiquitous” cause of wetland loss." "The Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, a little-used 40-year-old shipping channel connecting the Gulf of Mexico to the Mississippi River, is believed to have served as a funnel for Katrina’s storm surge. The navigation channel and the eastern levee of the Mississippi River seem to have directed high water into the Breton Sound estuary southeast of New Orleans, according to Greg Steyer, a USGS wetland scientist. From there, the surge poured into Lake Pontchartrain and an industrial canal, where it overwhelmed levees, contributing to flooding in St. Bernard Parish and the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Like the oil and gas canals, the outlet also allows saltwater intrusion and tidal action into freshwater ecosystems, killing vegetation and turning the marsh into a stretch of open muddy water." Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1332684/ On the Tchefuncte River, where this author resides, there is no man-made canals that cause flooding, however the river does flood at least once or twice a year. When it does, certain residential areas cannot be accessed by automobile for several days or until the water resides.