In our Fall 2007 issue (no longer available online), we
wrote about Dr. Regina Benjamin, who had kept the small
Bayou La Batre Clinic in Bayou La Batre, Ala., going
since 1990 despite continued adversities. At that time,
the clinic had been totally destroyed three times, twice
by hurricanes—Georges (1998) and Katrina
(2005)—and once by a devastating fire in 2006.
Today Dr. Benjamin is the
U.S. Surgeon General, a position she has held since
2009. As Surgeon General, her initiatives have included
tobacco prevention, a healthy and fit nation, support for
breastfeeding and suicide prevention. The Clinic is still
open five days a week under the supervision of Mrs. Julie
Taylor and a nonprofit board of directors.