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Charity Hospital

Charity Hospital, Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center  
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Charity Hospital
1532 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112

Charity Hospital was
founded in 1732 when
a French seaman 
died, leaving his entire
estate to "establish and
maintain a hospital for the
poor people of New Orleans"

By the time the Civil
War began in 1860,
Charity was one of the
largest hospitals in the
world, able to accom-
modate 1,000 patients
at a time. During the
Civil War, the hospital
provided medical care for
soldiers from both armies.

In 1873, a local
newspaper described
Charity Hospital: "No
question of race,
nationality, religion,
sex or character hinders
a single applicant for
repose and healing...
the best medical talent
in the city is placed at the
disposition of the poorest
and meanest of its

Charity Hospital has been
at its present location for
so long, that today New
Orleanians often think it
has always been there
and has always been the
same. But, in fact, the
hospital has been located
in six different main
buildings in four different
locations during 260+ years.

By the early 1930s, the old
facility was crowded and out
of date. Louisiana's populist
Governor Huey P. Long
made it a priority of his
administration to build a
"fine, new hospital facility
that would equal or better
any other in the country."

When the present building
on Tulane Avenue was
completed in 1939, with
a bed capacity of 1800, 
but quickly approaching 
a census of 3000, 
making Charity one of
the largest hospitals
in the US, serving the
educational and research
needs of two medical
schools:Tulane University
Medical Center & Louisiana
State University Health
Sciences Center.

LSU Public Hospital

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LSU Public Hospital
2021 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

Hotel Dieu
opened its doors in 1859, more
than a century after the founding
of Charity Hospital. Hotel Dieu is
French for "House of God."
The hospital was founded, owned
and operated by the Daughters
of Charity, and was the only
private hospital in New Orleans
that stayed open during the
Civil War..

The present building was
completed in 1972, replacing a
structure completed in 1924,
which, in turn, had replaced the
original Hotel Dieu.

During the hospital's long history,
it saw New Orleans through two
major yellow fever epidemics (1853
and 1897). It was the first hospital
in the nation to air-condition its
surgical suites (1913), and it was
the site of milestone medical
research that developed
sulfonamide drug treatment for
meningitis (the 1940s).

At the end of 1992, the Daughters of
Charity sold Hotel Dieu to the state
and the hospital was re-named
"University Hospital".  After 
Hurricane Katrina, Charity Hospital 
closed and University Hospital was
updated, becoming the main
campus of LSUHSC.  University
Hospital was then renamed 
"LSU Public Hospital".


Studying Outside the Clinical Science Research Building 


LSU Public Hospital



LSU Public Hospital is the main teaching facility of the LSU Emergency Medicine Residency Program.  The ED and ICUs were renovated and upgraded after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  It is the only Level One Trauma Center in Southern Louisiana.

The Walkway To Wellness, Completed in 2003

 LSU's Emergency Department currently consists of 35 major trauma/medical beds, 10 Fast Track/Rapid Triage beds, ED observation beds and 20 emergency psychiatric beds. A 14 bed urgent care center is also open, further expanding the total ED beds.  The annual census is approximately 85,000 patients per year, with that number expected to continue to increase.  



All major consult services are represented at LSU Public Hospital. Both Tulane and LSU residents and medical students rotate through the LSU Public Hospital. LSU EM residents rotate through the ED, the Trauma ICU and MICU at LSU Public Hospital.



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Other Participating Hospitals

Ochsner Clinic Foundation
Slidell Memorial Hospital
West Jefferson Medical Center
Chabert Medical Center
Our Lady of the Lake