The Louisiana Old State Capitol has opened a new exhibit to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the opening of the last Charity Hospital in New Orleans. “Louisiana’s Charity Hospital System: Medicine and Matters of State” will feature fascinating pictures and original artifacts including admission books, a nursing school cape and the bell that once hanged outside the old ambulance house.
Construction on the new Charity Hospital was completed in 1939 following the vision of former Governor, Huey P. Long. By 1940, the hospital was fully occupied and was the second largest hospital in the U.S. with a total bed capacity of 2,680. During Hurricane Katrina in 2005 the building suffered severe flooding which forced an evacuation of all patients and staff.
At the time Charity Hospital was the longest continuously operating hospital in the country, originally opening in 1736. The building has since been left unoccupied and under the ownership of the Louisiana State University System. The exhibit will run through the end of the year with various events scheduled focusing on the Charity Hospital System.
The exhibit will run through the end of the year with various events scheduled focusing on the Charity Hospital System.
Step outside of our welcoming and comfortable community at The Crossing Apartments in Denham Springs, Louisiana for the day! This event will be in town on Thursday, and it promises to be a wonderful time!
Thursday, February 14, 2019—10:00 AM
Event Venue Location:
Louisiana’s Old State Capitol
100 North Boulevard
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70801