The Spirit of Charity Foundation

Programs & Funds


Our healthcare team is doing heroic work. Our Wellness & Response Fund supports our staff, patients, and programs as we deal with the impact of the pandemic and Hurricane Ida.

Because the need is so critical and urgencies have changed, funding provides healthcare workers with additional safety equipment, stress and psychological support and expands patient outreach, programs, and services that impact some of the hardest hit in our community. Your tax-deductible support of our life-changing services is truly impactful!

  • Bariatric Program – Funding supports the programs and services of the multi-disciplinary team dedicated to helping our patients achieve their weight loss goals.
  • Burn Center – This fund advances burn care in our community and region through burn related program development, including survivor care, outreach, education, burn research & conferences, and enhancement of the patient experience at University Medical Center.
  • Cancer Center – The Cancer Center provides patients with a single location for clinic visits, treatment planning, surgical needs, chemotherapy infusion, and radiation oncology services offering a comprehensive approach to their cancer care.
  • Forensics Program – Funding helps assist survivors of sexual assault and violence in New Orleans by providing 24/7 trauma informed care in a safe environment after an assault.
  • General Foundation Fund – Unrestricted funds that the Foundation utilizes for the area of greatest need within its outreach, programs and services at University Medical Center.
  • HIV Outpatient Program – Assists in the development and enrichment of care provided for people living with HIV by supporting patient needs that are essential to their care, engagement or retention at University Medical Center.
  • HNC-ENT Assist Fund – Aids in improving care and access to resources for patients who suffer from complex problems that affect the ear, nose and throat. Conditions include but not limited to cancers of the head and neck, thyroid and parathyroid tumors and disease, salivary gland tumors and disease, sinus, ear diseases, hearing loss or problems with speech and swallowing.
  • Josh's Promise: Salt & Light - Joshua Solomon Charitable Fund - The fund aids in the development and enrichment of care provided for patients diagnosed with addiction and substance misuse disorders, who are indigent, under insured, or working uninsured.
  • Kevin Wolf Memorial Fund – This fund supports cancer research at UMCNO and LCMC Health. Donations help facilitate research and support initiatives from inception through completion, presentation, and publication.
  • Medication Bridge Program – Donations purchase prescriptions, nutritional supplements, treatment supplies, respiratory equipment, durable medical supplies and transportation to and from clinic/treatment appointments for University Medical Center's patients that meet financial assistance requirements and social worker approval.
  • Medical Research – These funds are available to LSU and Tulane Medical Schools to facilitate research that directly benefits our University Medical Center patients. *This program is currently on hold until further notice.
  • Palliative Medicine – These funds aid in providing a comprehensive approach to improving the quality of life for people who are living with serious illnesses. Our team of doctors, social workers, and therapists will work collaboratively with a patient’s entire medical team and their families to provide medical, emotional and social support needed to cope with serious illness.
  • Resident Education & Development – This program offers strong educational initiatives that directly impact University Medical Center's patient care while physicians in training from LSU and Tulane Medical Schools are positively impacted.
  • Saints Fans Being Saints – Donations entertain the children of not only families affected by ALS, but also children with immediate family members that have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or have succumbed to crisis or hardship. The purpose is to put a smile on the face of a child as their family member is undergoing adversity.
  • Spiritual Care – Our team provides spiritual and emotional support to patients and their loved ones, as well as our hospital employees and volunteers as they cope with the emotional and spiritual impact of illness, injury, or crisis.
  • Stop the Bleed – The Spirit of Charity Foundation is proud to partner with University Medical Center, LSU and Tulane Medical Schools in sponsoring and facilitating the Stop the Bleed Program. It is a national campaign developed by the American College of Surgeons to teach adults and children life-saving techniques in a bleeding emergency.
  • TAHA Ali-Gandhi Foundation Program – "Connect the dots" This program assist patients in navigating their care, facilitating access and removing operational hurdles to obtain treatment and medications. Motto: Healthcare access and healthcare navigation delayed is healthcare denied!
  • Trauma Recovery Fund – Promotes healing and resilience among trauma survivors in our community by addressing their unique and complex behavioral health needs.
  • Wellness & Response Fund – Our healthcare team is doing heroic work. Our Wellness & Response Fund supports our staff, patients, and programs as we deal with the impact of the pandemic and Hurricane Ida.

Defining Quality

  • Joint Commission National Quality Approval Award
    The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
  • American College of Surgeons: Verified Trauma Center
    The Norman E. McSwain, Jr, MD, Spirit of Charity Trauma Center only verified Level 1 Trauma Center in South Louisiana.
  • City Business - Best Places to Work
    The Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension Center (CPHC) at University Medical Center New Orleans was awarded top-tier accreditation from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA).
  • PHA Center of Comprehensive Care Award
    University Medical Center New Orleans is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center with a full stroke team on call 24/7 to immediately care for patients with stroke symptoms.
  • American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Primary Stroke Center
  • Commission on Cancer Accedited Program logo
    The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
  • Commission on Cancer Accedited Program logo
    University Medical Center has been designated an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (ISDA).