New Orleans Hospitals:  Info & Vintage Images
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Charity Hospital
Right:  Charity Hospital's 3rd building, constructed
in 1832; replaced in 1936.
In 1735, Jean Louis, a French seaman who built
boats in New Orleans, bequeathed his holdings to
the founding and maintenance of Charity, a
hospital for the indigent sick of the colony of New
Orleans.  Charity Hospital opened its doors on
March 31, 1736.  Until the levee failure's floods
closed its doors in 2005, it was the second oldest
continuing public hospital in the U.S., the oldest
being Bellevue in New York, which opened only 1
1/2 months earlier.
Newly constructed Charity Hospital
complex (to the right and rear of
picture), 1939; this facility remained
in use until the levee failures'
floods shut it down in 2005.
In memory of the seaman who
funded Charity, an inscription on
the Seal of Louisiana, which used to
hang in the lobby, read:
"In this harbor weary sea-worn
ships drop anchor and new
launched vessels start their
outward trips.  WIthin these walls,
life begins and ends."

More vintage Charity photos
Old Charity Hospital about to be demolished to build
the new building, 1936;  sign reads that the new
hospital will be constructed by PWA.
Hotel Dieu, date unknown
In the distance, LaGarde General Hospital,
Army base at the Lakefront, ca 1941.
School of Medicine
Touro Infirmary, ca 1910; founded in 1852, Touro is the city's oldest operating private hospital.  It was
named after New Orleans' philanthropist, Judah Touro.  Two more Touro photos below.
Old Charity Hospital
Old Charity, Male Department
United States Marine Hospital, 1911
Veterans Administration Hospital, 1940's
Marine Hospital, architect's sketch, 1856
Demolition of old Charity begins, 1936.
"New" Charity Hospital, 1939.
1911 postcard above reads: "For treatment of American and foreign sailors; sailors of
this country are not charged, but those of foreign countries are charged $1 a day."
Left and below:  the old French Hospital
The French Hospital on Orleans Street was
built in the 1860's and operated by the Societe
Francaise de Bienfaisance et d'Assistance
Mutuelle de la Nouvelle-Orleans.  Lee Harvey
Oswald, the man who assassinated Pres. John
Kennedy, was born in this hospital.  It closed
its doors in 1951 and the building was used to
house various offices, including The Knights
of St. Peter Claver.  It was, also, used as
headquarters for many civil rights activists in
the 1960s.  It was torn down in 1986.
Flint-Goodrich Hospital, was operated by the Methodist Church and Dillard University from 1911 - 1983.  
Before approximately 1960, African American doctors were allowed to practice only at Flint-Goodrich
and were barred from membership in the Orleans Parish Medical Society.  New Orleans' first three
African American mayors were born at Flint-Goodrich Hospital.
Following is a list of some of the hospitals that were open in New Orleans in 1930:

Breaux Memorial Hospital;  Charity Hospital;  Corinne Casanas Memorial Hospital;  Delgade
Memorial Hospital;  Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital;  Flint Goodrich Hospital;  French
Hospital;  Hotel Dieu Hospital;  Illinois Central Railroad Hospital;  Lepers Home (Isolation
Hospital);  Maison Hospitaliere;  New Orleans Hospital for Mental Disease;  Richard Milliken
Memorial Hospital;  Soniat Leonce Memorial Mercy Hospital;  Southern Baptist Hospital;  St.
Rita's Surgical Infirmary;  Touro Infirmary;  U. S. Marine Hospital.

A visitor to the site asked about DePaul Sanitarium, located uptown on Magazine Street.  
According to architectural plans I found online, it was constructed in 1938.  I know that it was
open until the levee failures and, as far as I know, it remains open.

Another visitor mentioned D'Ingania Hospital (not sure of the spelling) on St. Claude Avenue.  
This hospital later moved a block away and become St. Claude Hospital and, eventually, St.
Claude Medical Center.
Fire destroyed the first 2 Charities.  This
building (above and left) was used from
1832-1936.  Those years produced some
colorful history, including the story of the
"dueling doctors," Dr. John Foster and Dr.
Samuel Choppin.  Dr. Choppin was called to
take care of one of his students, a severely
wounded medical student who'd been shot by
a law student in a melee at a Carnival Ball.  As
the house surgeon, Dr. Foster was assigned
to treat the young man.  But, Dr. Choppin
insisted on treating his student.  After
ordering a nurse to discard Choppin's
prescription for the patient, Dr. Foster
encountered Dr. Choppin making rounds.  
They began to shout and had a fist fight at the
dying student's bedside.  Soon thereafter, the
doctors dueled with shotguns in the hospital's
yard.  They both missed and the matter was
Touro Infirmary:  Left, front entrance to the hospital;  right:  main lobby, ca. 1920's.
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Baptist Hospital (later renamed Memorial) on Napoleon Avenue, above, 1944; below, left, 1949;
below, right, 1925. Infamous for, among other things, being the place of your webhostess' birth.
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         Hotel Dieu Hospital, ca 1868                                              Hotel Dieu Hospital, ca 1875

Founded in the 1850's by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, the name means "God's
hostel" but has been used in France to mean "hospital" since early Christian times.  Hotel Dieu was the
only private hospital to remain open during the Civil War.  In 1913, it was the first hospital in the country
to air condition its surgical suites.  Research at this hospital was responsible for the drug used to treat
meningitis.  Hotel Dieu was sold to the state in 1992 and renamed University Hospital.
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1940 hospital bill from the French Hospital;
thanks to
Victor, who writes that his Mom's
doctor didn't get to do the delivery, because
he underestimated the speed of Victor's
arrival and thought that he had time for a
quick visit to the racetrack!
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