New Orleans Hospitals:  Info & Vintage Images
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From the Daily Picayune, 1850:

Luzenberg Hospital - Situated on the Pontchartrain Railroad

The above hospital, for the last 14 years, under the skillful and attentive management of the late Dr. C. A. Luzenberg, is now open under the care of Dr. J. Rhodes, for the reception of patients.

Terms of Admission:
In the upper wards, one dollar per day.
In private wards, from two to three dollars per day.
Surgical capital operations will be charged as extra.
Within the large enclosure is an Insane Hospital devoted only to the treatment of those afflicted with insanity.
A separate and distinct building for Small Pox and other contagious diseases.

For further particulars, apply to Dr. W. Irvine, at the hospital, or to Dr. J. Rhodes, 27 Royal Street.
Luzenberg Hospital, 1867

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   Old Mercy Hospital, Annunciation Street, Lower Garden District
This building sat on property that was originally part of the land granted to the Jesuits.  Thomas Saulet purchased it in 1763 and constructed this home.  The Saulet family retained ownership for almost 100 years and, afterward, the property went through several incarnations before being demolished in 1959 to make way for a supermarket.
   From 1860-1922, it was used by the Sister of Charity as St. Simeon's School for Girls and Young Ladies of the City.  In 1922, it became St. Luke's Private Sanitarium.  Soon afterward, it became Mercy Hospital and remained so until 1959, when Mercy constructed a new building in the Mid-CIty section of the city.
   Mercy Hospital merged with Baptist Hospital in 1990, both campuses continuing to serve the community.  Tenet purchased the hospitals in 1996 and Mercy was then called Lindy Boggs Medical Center.
   The hospital was full when the levees failed in 2005.  Many patients, especially those recovering from organ transplant procedures, were put at grave risk when the hospital was flooded and the generators failed.  A major evacuation occurred and most of the patients survived.  Since the flood, the facility has remained closed and abandoned and Tenet has sold the building to developers who plan to demolish it and construct a shopping mall.
   Below, the hospital during the flood.
Sara Mayo Hospital was founded in 1905 as New Orleans Dispensary for Women and later renamed to honor its founder, Dr. Sara Mayo; photo, ca. 1948.

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This photo was labeled "Dr. Stone's Hospital, 1875."  I don't have any information about the hospital, but I've run across Dr. Stone's name a few times.  The quote below is from the book, "Journal of Army Life" by Rodney Glison and refers to a visit to the city in 1858:
"I have spent most of my time in attending medical lectures at the University of Louisiana and in visiting the Charity Hospital.  I, also, had the pleasure of hearing the renowned Surgeon Stone lecture and of seeing him perform several surgical operations."
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Marine Hospital in Algiers, ca. 1864
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Above & below:  Josephine Hutchinson Memorial Home for nurses; later, Richardson Memorial Hospital, Medical Department, Tulane University; above, 1896; below, 1920's.
Insane Asylum, corner Marigny and Old Levee, 3rd District, 1864
Above & 2 photos below, the John Dibert Tuberculosis Hospital was founded and funded by Mrs. Eve Butterworth Dibert in memory of her husband.  She contributed over $2 million dollars to various worthy causes, such as Charity Hospital, Sisters of Charity's Hope Haven, Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and the John Dibert Public School.
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Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital. Elk Place and Tulane Avenue, founded in 1907.  In 1921, these old buildings were replaced by a new hospital and clinic.  In 1988, a new EENT hospital was constructed on Napoleon Avenue.  The old site stood vacant for several years, but was demolished in 1996.  The site is now occupied by the Deming Pavilion of Tulane University's Medical Campus.
Ochsner Foundation Hospital - Dr. Alton Ochsner was the first to link tobacco with lung cancer in 1939.  He and four colleagues opened the Ochsner Clinic in 1942 on Prytania Street; in 1946, they opened Ochsner Hospital at Camp Plauche in Jefferson Parish; in 1952, groundbreaking ceremonies were held on Jefferson Highway, where the new hospital was to be built; the facility opened its doors in 1954.  Today, Ochsner is the largest private health care system in the region.
Above, first clinic on Prytania Street; below, left, 1950's; right, 1970's.
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Methodist Hospital, New Orleans East, flooded from the levee failures, 2005.  It has not re-opened.
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