Illinois Wesleyan Alumnus Serves as Medical Director for Mental Health at Astrodome
Scott Zeller (from the Oakland Tribune)
September 18, 2005
Scott Zeller, a member of Illinois Wesleyan’s Class of 1982, spent a week serving
as medical director of the mental health unit at the Houston Astrodome where he treated
evacuees from New Orleans.
Zeller is chief of emergency psychiatric medicine at John George Psychiatric Pavilion,
Alameda County's locked inpatient psychiatric hospital in San Leandro, Calif.
According to a story about Zeller’s work in the Oakland Tribune, a colleague from Houston asked him to help with the makeshift clinic in the Astrodome
where between 75 and 100 patients in need of immediate psychiatric care were being
treated daily. who was looking for emergency psychiatric doctors to run the clinic.
While he was still at work in Houston, Zeller wrote an account of his experience for
CNET, an on-line news page. He describe the situation he encountered as being “as
bad – or worse —than what you have been seeing on TV: “It is as bad--or worse--than
what you have been seeing on TV. Already, I have had two patients who say they had
to break holes through their attic roofs, then climb out of their houses and swim
to safety. One guy said he just kept swimming and swimming, not sure which way to
go. Sometimes he let the current take him, other times he grabbed a street sign, hanging
on for a moment's precious rest.”
Read Zeller's account on CNET.