Charity Hospital Timeline
Timeline through: 1736 – 2015
The location, the structure, and the name may have changed but the mission has remained the same, supporting and facilitating healthcare for the people of New Orleans when they need it the most.
May 10, 1736 - Charity Hospital was founded by a grant from Jean Louis, a French sailor and shipbuilder, who died in New Orleans the year before. His last will and testament was to finance a hospital for the indigent in the colony of New Orleans from his estate. Hospital of Saint John or L’Hôpital des Pauvres de la Charité (Hospital for the Poor) opened at Chartres and Bienville Streets beginning the 2nd oldest continuing public hospital in the United States.
1743 – The hospital quickly outgrew its original facility and was moved to the edge of the Colony to Basin Street. This building was nearly destroyed by a hurricane. Only the kitchen and storehouse were left standing to serve as a six-bed hospital.
1785 – The San Carlos Hospital was built in the same location in honor of King Charles III of Spain. Fire destroyed the 24-bed hospital twenty-four years later. Patients were moved to the City Hall, the Cabildo; then a residence in the Faubourg – Marigny and later to the De La Vergne Plantation until a new hospital was built.
1815 – Five years after fire destroyed San Carlos Hospital, a fourth Charity Hospital was built on Canal Street where The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel is currently located.
1832 – The fifth building was built on Common Street (Tulane Avenue) between Howard Street (LaSalle Street) on the edge of the Faubourg St. Marie. The Daughters of Charity assumed control, then later named it Hotel Dieu in 1859. They would run the hospital for the next century.
1939 – By the 20th century, the demand for indigent medical services exceeded capacity and a sixth Charity Hospital was built at Tulane Avenue becoming the second largest hospital in the United States at the time with 2,680 beds.
1970 - The Louisiana Department of Health and Human Resources (DHH) took control of Charity.
1972 – Hotel Dieu, which was first opened by the Daughters of Charity in 1859 and which operated in different locations over the years, moved to a new building at 2021 Perdido Street. The hospital was renamed University Hospital in 1992, when the building was sold to the State. With Charity Hospital, it became part of the Medical Center of Louisiana New Orleans system.
1991 – Charity Hospital was transferred to the Louisiana Health Care
1993 – The Spirit of Charity Foundation was established.
1997 – Charity Hospital was transferred to the Louisiana State University system.
2005 – Hurricane Katrina forces Charity Hospital to close its doors after sustaining severe flood damage. A temporary clinic named the Spirit of Charity was established at the New Orleans Convention Center. It was later relocated to the New Orleans Centre adjacent to the Super Dome.
2006 – University Hospital re-opened after Hurricane Katrina as Interim
LSU Public Hospital with 156 beds.
2013 – Management of Interim LSU Hospital changed to LCMC Health, a not-for-profit health system.
2015 – University Medical Center New Orleans opens in a $1.2 billion facility.
Proud to be the 2nd oldest continuing operating hospital in the United States.