Janet Krane

b. 1953

Janet (Gunter) Krane, a health care administrator at the Cancer Center of Memorial Hospital, was born in Louisiana in 1953 and was raised Southern Baptist. She married her husband, Kevin Krane, and has three children. After moving to New Orleans in 1984, she became very involved in the Jewish community and converted. Krane is active in various cancer organizations, served as a hospital COO, and served on the board of her synagogue, Gates of Prayer. 

Scope and Content Note

Raised a Southern Baptist, Janet married a Jewish doctor and has three children.  After moving to New Orleans in 1984, she became very involved in the Jewish community and converted.  The interview focuses on her experience staying in the Tenet-owned Memorial Hospital after the hurricane hit, and the gross failure of outside help needed to evacuate.  She describes, in harrowing detail, the conditions shared by the two thousand people who remained in the hospital for four days in 106 degree heat and without power.  She was able to return to New Orleans immediately, escorted by Tenet-hired DynCorp soldiers, though her husband relocated to Houston for a year.  She also comments on the controversy surrounding Memorial Hospital, three of whose doctors were accused of euthanizing patients whom they were unable to evacuate.  The interview concludes with her reflections on the importance of family and community and her hopes for rebuilding New Orleans.


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Oral History of Janet Krane. Interviewed by Rosalind Hinton. 2 November 2006. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on February 29, 2024) <http://jwa.org/oralhistories/krane-janet>.

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