Posts Tagged ‘‘Mercy’

Americas Other Hospital Ship, USNS Mercy, Will Not Be Leaving San Francisco for Haiti Anytime Soon

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Yesterday’s news about the massive USNS Mercy Hospital Ship sitting at Pier 70 just off of Potrero Hill involved people around town wondering when and if the biggest hospital ship in the world was going to head out to Haiti tout de suite with a quickness to help her overworked sister ship USNS Comfort.

Today’s news, per Ms. Seal [srsly] of the Military Sealift Command’s Public Affairs Unit in Washington, D.C., is that the Navy is “weighing its options” on what to do next. Which means that the Mercy be staying in San Francisco getting fixed up for a little longer anyway.

As she looked yesterday at San Francisco’s Pier 70:

The original schedule had the Mercy’s routine maintenance work getting done by March 2, 2010, but what will actually happen is up in the air.

Look for this big white former oil tanker the next time you’re in the area – you can’t miss it.

Why is Americas Other Hospital Ship, USNS Mercy, in San Francisco and Not Haiti?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Get up to speed about the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship right here over at Telstar Logistics. Right now, this ship is sitting around in San Francisco as part of a $10,000,000 routine refit from BAE Sytems that got started a week ago.

The Mercy’s sister ship USNS Comfort is in Haitian waters currently with a crew of 1200(!) performing operations, delivering babies, the works.

So, will the Mercy head on out soon?

A massive former oil tanker:

As she looks this dreary afternoon at San Francisco’s Pier 70:

Some are calling for the Mercy to ship out to Haiti right now:

“Yes, I know about the tyranny of distance from San Diego to Port-au-Prince. According to distances.com, it would be a 5,281 mile voyage taking some 11 days.

Yes, I  know the MERCY is presently at a shipyard in San Francisco through the beginning of March.

Yes, I know that it is manpower intensive.  Call-up reservists and guardsmen.  You know how to reach me.  (I would make a great blogger/social media guru aboard MERCY).

Have Project Hope recruit more volunteers!  Recruit personnel from across the inter-agency.  Get our coalition partners involved.  Hire contractors.

Yes, I know it would require a backfill in the Pacific.

Yes, I know it is expensive.  Hold another tele-a-thon.

Yes, it would require lots of supplies.”

People around town are looking into this, so we’ll find out soon enough.

Leaving you with a scene from the Comfort from last week:

100119-N-4995K-187 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 19, 2010) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Adam Buzzeo prepares medical equipment during the assessment of a six-year-old Haitian boy brought aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). The boy, who was Comfort’s first patient as part of Operation Unified Response, suffered an injury to his bladder and a hip fracture during an earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan 12. The boy is in the intensive care unit aboard Comfort in stable condition. Comfort is supporting Operation Unified Response, a joint operation providing humanitarian assistance to Haiti. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chelsea Kennedy/Released)

Trauma Dies Today: It was Bad for NBC But Was it Good for San Francisco?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Word comes today from Anna Bloom of the NewYork TimesesesBay Area Blog about how production of NBC’s horrible Trauma TV series will shut down tonight.

Certainly, Trauma has been traumatic for NBC, but what about San Francisco? Would we have been better off without subsidizing this inchoate production? Did we really pay SFPD officers to just hang out around the set for the filming of twelve episodes instead of having the cops do their regular jobs? 

Duboce Park as seen by Troy McClure SF. Click to expand:

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How does the Scene in San Francisco scheme work? The TV people pay for the cops but then we turn around and give the TV people all the money back?

“What costs are eligible for refund?

  • Fees paid to City Departments for the use or rental of City property, equipment or employees including: Port, MUNI, SPFD [SFPD?], SFFD, DPT, DPW, Treasure Island, Recreation and Parks, and all City buildings
  • All daily use fees paid to the San Francisco Film Commission
  • All payroll taxes paid to the City and County of San Francisco.”

So after Unfortunate, Innocent-Looking Whore In Tube Top and Flip Flops #5 cashes her minimum-wage paycheck for two days of temping (no benefits obviously) and we pay the cops full salary (or full salary plus?) to not do their jobs, what are we left with?

Certainly, Trauma was good for certain people in San Francisco, but was it good for San Francisco and San Franciscans overall? Is this the kind of thing we want to do again? Are there any Lessons to be Learned here?

Mmmmm….

There are Only Eight More Episodes of NBC’s Trauma Left – Let’s Savor Each One.

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Now, I’m not up to speed here – is Glenn the gay guy that just came out? Anyway, find out tonight on Channel 3.

Glenn’s attempt to follow his heart puts his career — and safety — on the line. Meanwhile, Marisa gets a surprise visit from an old friend. Elsewhere, Rabbit helps a patient deal with his devastating loss.”

And guess what? Ratings are up a bit lately. If only certain judgmental people hadn’t been so negative, and if it didn’t cost millions and millions to film old-school, episodic, Hill Street Blues-style television in pricey San Francisco, well who knows, maybe Trauma could have gone a full season.

See this “delicious young lady doctor” tonight:

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And see Aimee Garcia whenever you want, right here. (You know, some people were able to walk off the Hindenburg without a scratch - maybe A.G. will similarly escape Trauma without injury) 

Read about the five reasons Trauma got axed here before you tune in tonight.

Set your Tivo for 9:00 PM.

Trauma is as Good as Cancelled – NBC Picks Up All Its Other New Series for Full Seasons

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Leave us travel back in time to October 21st, 2009, when we last heard from NBC Universal Television Entertainment Chairman Jeff Gaspin and NBC Entertainment chief Angela Bromstad:

Gaspin and Bromstad are expected to make their next key moves to boost NBC’s fortunes within the next few days, when the network will decide the short-term fates of newcomers such as ‘Mercy,’ ‘Community,’ ‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘Trauma.’”

Trauma? Don’t they film that in our little town, (the fourth-largest in the whole state, I’m proud to say)? Yes they do! Maybe NBC could commit to nine more episodes (the “back nine”) so we could have a full season of on-location shoots?

Well, here’s the news from last Saturday (the Day Without Wind, incidentally):

“NBC has picked up full seasons of Thursday night comedies “Community” and “Parks and Recreation,” as well as its Wednesday night medical drama “‘Mercy.’”

Well, what about Trauma? Hello-oooo, NBC? Hello-ooooooooo?

Uh oh.

No matter, twirlypopper pilot Aimee Garcia will still maintain her official website regardless of when Trauma gets cancelled. (You all seem to just love her.)

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In light of recent developments, the unofficial NBC Trauma Deathwatch™ over-under date has been officially moved up to: November 30, 2009.

Adjust your wagers accordingly.

Enjoy it while it lasts – a new show (the Halloween one?) is on tonight at 9:00 PM.

[UPDATE: News tonight from the Hollywood Reporter is that Trauma is history as of today, October 28th, 2009. Oh well.]