Winner of a Pulitzer Prize for journalism and a National Magazine Award, Sheri Fink is the author of Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, the landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina – and a suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers at Memorial Hospital chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.
“[Fink] evenhandedly compels readers to consider larger questions, not just ethics but race, resources, history and what constitutes the greater good, while humanizing the countless smaller tragedies that make up the whole. And, crucially, she provides context, relating how other hospitals fared in similar situations.”
–Keir Graff, Booklist (starred review)
Named a Best Nonfiction Book of 2013 by The New York Times, Five Days also won the National Book Critics Circle Award, Ridenhour Book Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The book has been selected as a common read by Northeastern University and Grand Valley State University.
In addition to the Pulitzer, Fink’s journalism has earned her the National Magazine Award, and the Overseas Press Club Lowell Thomas Award, among other journalism prizes. A former relief worker in disaster and conflict zones, Fink received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her first book, War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival (PublicAffairs), is about medical professionals under siege during the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Recently she has been reporting on Ebola for The New York Times.
For more information on Sheri Fink, please visit www.sherifink.net.