Charity Hospital missing piece in Health Sciences Center rebuilding

LSU Health Sciences Center Chancellor Dr. Larry Hollier told area students interested in various medical fields that the center continues day by day to recover from Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of its New Orleans facilities.

About $29 million has already been spent for new or repaired infrastructure and about work totaling about $50 million is in progress.

“This is a unique time in the school’s history, and is a unique opportunity for lyou and us,” he told students gathered at LSU at Eunice.

Hollier and representatives of the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Allied Health, Public Health and Graduate Studies were on hand at the first such session held on the Eunice campus by the center.

The missing piece in the LSUHSC picture in New Orleans is Charity Hospital. A replacement for the facility, which provided medical care and intensive medical training before Katrina destroyed it, has not yet been nailed down.

According to Hollier, discussions continue between the school, the state and FEMA on the replacement.

He said that on any given day when the hospital was operating, there were about 2,000 students in one field of study or another learning there.

The hurricane destroyed 22 of the health center’s buildings in New Orleans and seven of its nine teaching hospitals were severely impacted.

Hollier, who hails from Crowley, told students the center’s Rural Scholars Track is being expanded.

Students admitted to the program go to medical school tuition free and are prepared to practice in rural communities where doctors are most needed.

It is one of the premiere national rural medicine programs.

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