The Foundation for Historical Louisiana (FHL), at the direction of the Louisiana State Legislature and other governing bodies solicited expressions of interest and statements of qualifications for an Existing Conditions and Facilities Assessment Report on the “Big Charity” Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Louisiana State Legislature’s House Concurrent Resolution No. 89 (HCR 89), passed in the regular session of 2006, authorizing the FHL to assemble an independent group to “. . . assess the condition of the facility and evaluate its potential uses as a location from which medical services may be offered to the population of the Greater New Orleans area . . . ”
A nationally recognized architectural firm found Charity Hospital structurally sound and ready for transformation to state-of-the-art modern medical facility. The full report (and video)was released to the public 9.22.2008. This alternative plan cited clear advantages in cost, time of delivery, less destruction of surrounding residential areas, and the revitalization of New Orleans.
Common sense and fiscal responsibility work just as well in the legislature as they do in Louisiana households. Contact Gov. Jindal and your Louisiana Legislators and ask them why they won't even consider an alternative that 1). saves our state millions of tax payer dollars, 2). returns much needed medical care to New Orleans residence years ahead of the state's plan, and 3). displaces fewer hard working New Orleans residence that have rebuilt their neighborhoods after Katrina.