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Big Charity: The Death of America's Oldest Hospital (2014)

The death of America's oldest continuously operating hospital, New Orleans' Big Charity.

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Alexander Glustrom
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Peter Deblieux Peter Deblieux ... Dr. Peter Deblieux
Larry Hollier Larry Hollier ... Chancellor Hollier
Goldie Huguenel Goldie Huguenel ... Nurse Goldie Huguenel
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Founded as a hospital for the poor, Charity Hospital began in 1736 as just a small cottage built on the goodwill of a dying French merchant. Operated by nuns of The Daughters of Charity and serving the city of New Orleans for close to 300 years, it gradually transformed into an enormous public institution - into Big Charity - and a longstanding symbol of compassion, a seemingly eternal place of safety and a beacon of hope in the community. Today the towering art deco building, closed abruptly after Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, stands empty, and the community continues to suffer the devastating consequences of its absence. This documentary film includes never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews to tell the story of Charity Hospital, from its roots to its controversial closing in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. From the firsthand accounts of healthcare providers and hospital employees who miraculously withstood the storm inside the hospital, to interviews with key ... Written by Big Charity

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The untold, true story around the demise of America's oldest hospital, and the painful sacrifices made for the sake of progress


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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The rumors of the conspiracy to keep closed the Charity Hospital of New Orleans are true.
23 October 2014 | by ebeckman-968-766037See all my reviews

Excellent documentary. After hurricane Katrina Charity Hospital of New Orleans did not reopen, despite rumors that it was clean and structurally sound and ready to provided needed health care to the indigents of New Orlans. The facility also played a crucial role in immediate care of severe trauma cases and of severe acute psychiatric problems. The rumors all proved to be true, and the motivation for not reopening Big Charity is well explored. Much footage of the hurricane and Charity Hospital at that time is presented; this footage has never before been seen by the typical New Orleans citizen. Very orderly presentation, which keeps the viewer's constant interest. Provides appropriate, but not excessive, amount of background material. The role of Big Charity in the spirit of the city is well explored. Many central figures are presented, but the film constantly gives the view of average New Orleans citizens and patients, and of workers from around the country who were involved with the clean up of Charity.


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