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The Future of Big Charity Hospital (2008)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2008-10-24

Duration: 00:07:22

Subjects: HISTORIC PRESERVATION | Foundation for Historical Louisiana | Louisiana State University System | Health Care | Hospitals | Charity Hospital (New Orleans, La.)


  • Whinham, Charlie Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Bush, Charles Photographer
  • Bennett, Carolyn Interviewee
  • Stokes, Sandra Interviewee
  • Gallas, Walter Interviewee
  • Cerise, Fred Interviewee
  • Rogers, Bobbi Interviewee
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host


This segment from the October 24, 2008, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s report on the future of Big Charity Hospital in New Orleans, which has been dormant since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The proposed plan from LSU calls for the building of a new hospital in Mid-City, which could require the demolition of hundreds of homes. Whinham interviews: Carolyn Bennett and Sandra Stokes of the Foundation for Historical Louisiana (FHL) on their findings that restoring the 80-year-old facility would be faster and cost less money than building a new hospital; Dr. Fred Cerise of the LSU Health System on the unrealistic nature of the FHL report; Mid-City resident Bobbi Rogers about the possibility of the demolition of her neighborhood; and Walter Gallas of the National Trust for Historical Preservation on his organization’s naming of Mid-City as one of the most endangered neighborhoods in the country. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford