Friday, April 17, 2009

BREAKING NEWS

SaveCharityHospital.com has obtained never before seen photographs demonstrating the condition of Charity Hospital just weeks after the storm in late September, 2005. It looks ready to take patients.

Also if you follow that link, you can access a recent propaganda video produced by LSU that plays up their contention that the building was beyond repair as a result of Katrina.

It would appear that conditions captured by the photos are out of sync with what's captured in the LSU video.

It almost looks like someone trashed the place after the fact.

Go check it out.

5 comments:

GENTILLY YARD ART said...

my mom retired from charity in the 90's.

she worked up stairs running the neo-natel unit.

from memory the good pics look like above ground level and the shitty pics look like downstairs.

logic says thats where all the flooding took place.

bottem line is this city can't function without a "charity" hospital system within it's boundries.

Delta said...

A few observations on the potos. I agree with the previous poster about the basement level photos. Very few of the pictures with recognizable water damage show any windows so I'm assuming they are below ground level. The mildew pics mean nothing since the building has been closed up with no air movement. My home would look the same under the same conditions. What do they think pictures of medical waste in medical waste containers in a hospital prove? Why show a photo of a hallway obviously under construction/renovation at all? No water marks or mildew on the walloard even. Even the floors in the new photos are shiny.

Anonymous said...

Some thoughts:

I am against the new hospital going where it's planned, plum in the Galvez/Gravier neighborhood, though not necessarily for the reason advocated by those in favor of restoring Charity. From a standpoint of urban planning it just seems to repeat all the old New Orleans mistakes rather tahn seek to fix them.

But given that, I'm not sure I've ever thought that Charity wasn't repairable. To me that has really just been postulated by the people in favor of a new complex (well by almost everyone in the democratic and Republican power structure that has been militating for this), and this and other reports really just bare this out.

And to me the calls for modernization and new public works are moving awfully fast to avoid the issue and those who call for Old Charity are scrambling to catch up and have as much public hearings and exposure as possible on this issue; but really who is talking about whether restoring Old Charity or building a new complex outside the CBD is really a good idea in the first place.

This is New Orleans and Louisiana for you; a lot of "watch the ball under the shell" and then 30 years later people asked what happened.

New Orleans Ladder said...

My hat is off to youz guyz, E.
This is the way to radically effect change by preserving the foundations of our culture!
Really, y'all'r Rock'dog'n'rollin it!

That is such a great video presentation and when seen with the architect's other video(s) it nails the lid on this coffin LSU would have us buy.
Jeez Louie! What a NO BRAINER!!!!

For goodness sakes, even during the flood I watched Charity Stand Strong with meaner, more deranged thugs and hoodlums than this bunch at LSU trying to break down her doors. But to be honest, what is the difference?

btw~I lifted part of the header from the SaveCharity.com site and fixed it into a button thingy for the right-side of the Ladder, a quick-link thingy... anyway, anyone is welcome to lift it for your own sites. The more threads the stronger the Net.

Thanks youz for doing this, E. (and all that other stuff you do:)
Editilla~New Orleans Ladder

Richard said...

The protestor/preservationist contingent would perhaps do well to keep in mind that there is a major difference between getting the state and LSU to abandon the plan for the new academic medical center and getting them to adopt this, shall we say, hoped-for alternative. The former is a plausible scenario; the latter is quite simply not that plausible at all. If LSU and the state abandon the plan for the new academic medical center and just leave it at that, that is of course very bad news for New Orleans. Keep in mind, too, that some people will make the argument that the private hospitals have excess capacity and that no new bad capacity in the area is needed.