About University Medical Center New Orleans

Bringing advanced solutions to our community every day

University Medical Center New Orleans is continuing a rich legacy dating back nearly 300 years. Since our beginnings at Charity Hospital and University Hospital, continuing with Interim LSU Hospital from public to private management, we have delivered cutting-edge medical care to the Greater New Orleans area. With our partners at LSU Health New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine, we train the next generation of health care professionals and conduct leading research to find tomorrow’s cures. Whether it’s expert primary and specialty care or advanced emergency care at the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, University Medical Center offers the widest breadth of health care services in the area.

University Medical Center at a glance

Our treatment facilities provide high levels of patient care availability to handle anything that comes our way.

University Medical Center helps our community by offering:

  • 446 licensed inpatient beds
  • 60 behavioral health beds
  • Just under 3,000 full-time employees
  • 683 physicians
  • 2.3 million square feet for healthcare services
  • 19 surgical suites
  • 5-story Ambulatory Care Building with 276 exam rooms
  • 88,731 emergency room visits
  • 5 trauma rooms
  • 215,333 primary and specialty care visits

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About Rev. Avery C. Alexander

Rev. Alexander was an important figure in the Civil Rights movement. He was a longtime member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and a prominent community leader who fought for better healthcare for the poor. Charity Hospital — , which long served as the region’s safety net hospital prior to its closure following damage from Hurricane Katrina —had also been named in Rev. Alexander's honor.

History of Charity Hospital

Charity Hospital opened its doors to take care of the original settlers of New Orleans. Since its founding in May 1736 by French seaman Jean Louis, Charity Hospital moved six times and was on the forefront of medicine despite epidemics, wars, and natural disasters.

Charity Hospital made milestone discoveries and underwent changes such as:

  • Opening the Charity Hospital Blood Bank in 1942—one of the first in the country and the largest in the South
  • Becoming the first hospital in the country to air-condition its surgical suites in 1913
  • Developing the sulfonamide drug treatment for meningitis in the 1940s
  • Building a special relationship with LSU Health Sciences Center in the 1970s and 1980s
  • With University Hospital (the former Hotel Dieu) comprising the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans, the teaching hospitals managed LSU system.
  • Closing following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
  • University Hospital reopening as the Interim LSU Public Hospital (ILH) to become the main teaching hospital for LSU Health Sciences Center and Tulane University School of Medicine and home of the Level 1 Trauma Center.

Transition and transformation

In June 2013, ILH joined the family of hospitals in LCMC Health—a local, community-minded health care leader operating Children's Hospital, Touro Infirmary, New Orleans East Hospital, and West Jefferson Medical Center. In August 2015, we began the next chapter in our history with the opening of the state-of-the-art, $1.2 billion University Medical Center. We look forward to carrying on our legacy and becoming an epicenter of medical care, education and research for the coming decades and beyond.

Our mission

University Medical Center New Orleans will provide exceptional patient-centered care and a world-class academic experience through advanced research, leading technology and innovation.

Our vision

University Medical Center New Orleans will be a leading world-class academic medical center and the destination of choice for exceptional health care.