New Orleans' Charity Hospital is judged too far gone

  1. new orleans' charity hospital is judged too far gone

    during hurricane katrina's floods, doctors at new orleans' charity hospital lived by the saying hanging in the lobby: "where the unusual occurs and miracles happen." their hopes for a miracle have died. officials announced that the waterlogged public hospital, which closed after staff had evacuated patients onto boats as floodwaters rose, won't reopen at its longtime location.

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    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Oct 1, '05
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    I agree with the doctors.
    This first hospital in the New World should continue.
    Not only does the city need it's hospital there is a tradition that should be preserved.
  4. by   prmenrs
    That is so very sad. We have lost a lot of history, not just the hospital, altho that's a major piece, but many other historical sites in NO. And in surrounding areas.
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from prmenrs
    That is so very sad. We have lost a lot of history, not just the hospital, altho that's a major piece, but many other historical sites in NO. And in surrounding areas.
    New Orleans was along with many injustices a center of education and the arts in the New World.
    For more than a century a talented misician could come from the lowest class and extreme poverty to become an admired star spreading happiness through music throughout the world.

    Charity Hospital had the first school of nursing in the state as well as the first BSN program.
    Patients were cared for for nearly two and a half centures.

    http://www.mardigrasdigest.com/html/...__timeline.htm

    1735 ------Jean Louis, a sailor, leaves his savings to establish the first charity hospital in New Orleans.

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    http://www.annals.org/cgi/content/full/120/3/253-a

    Charity's story is a long and fascinating one. The hospital traces its origins to French colonial America in 1736, when Jean Louis, a French sailor employed by the Company of the Indies, founded L'Hopital des Pauvres de la Charite. Over the course of the next two centuries, the hospital grew tremendously and established itself as an important teaching and research institution. The past quarter century has been less auspicious. As public expenditures have dwindled, the institution has contracted in size, the standard of care has deteriorated, and its once sought-after residency positions have lost prestige....
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    http://www.wwltv.com/local/stories/W...y.d037f7f.html

    Heroic efforts made at Charity hospital to save patients

    As floodwaters rose around Charity Hospital, nurses hand-pumped ventilators for patients who couldn't breathe. Helicopters landed on the garage to airlift critically ill babies. Doctors canoed supplies to and from Charity and three nearby hospitals...

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