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Should BIG CHARITY in New Orleans have been reopened?

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the decision was made not to reopen the damaged Charity Hospital of New Orleans.   (Leleu, et al.)  analyze the New Orleans market and argue in support of reopening Big Charity, rather than taking the proposed alternative step of building a new LSU Medical Center.  The other sources listed below provide some additional insight into this issue.

Of related interest may be the oral history of Elliott Roberts, who ran Charity Hospital from 1977 to 1980 and again from 1984 to 1994.  His oral history can be found here: http://www.aha.org/research/rc/chhah/Roberts–FINAL–010512.pdf 

Sources:

Leleu, H., Moises, J., and Valdmanis, V.G.  Renovating Charity Hospital or building a new hospital in post-Katrina New Orleans: economic rationale versus political will.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved;24(1):89-96, Feb. 2012.  Click here to link to publisher’s website: http://www.researchgate.net/journal/1548-6869_Journal_of_Health_Care_for_the_Poor_and_Underserved

Vitter, D., Tucker, J., and Kennedy, J.  A fiscally responsible plan for Big Charity in New Orleans.  Louisiana Department of the Treasury Opinion Column, [2011?].  Click here: http://www.treasury.state.la.us/Lists/SiteArticlesByCat/DispForm_Single.aspx?List=c023d63e%2Dac65%2D439d%2Daf97%2Dda71d8688dff&ID=677 

Frey, J.  Big Charity in New Orleans.  British Journal of General Practice;55(520):888-889, Nov. 2005.  Click here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1570789/  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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