Doctors author book about history of charity hospitals in Louisiana

Doctors author book about history of charity hospitals in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - As the State of Louisiana moves to privatize all the charity hospitals in Louisiana, there will be a book-signing and lecture on the rich history of New Orleans' Big Charity.

Drs. Jonathan Roberts, DPH and Thomas Durant have written a book on their experiences in Big Charity and will share their further research on Louisiana's other charity hospitals as well.

The book includes interviews with political figures instrumental in opening the hospitals around Louisiana, discussion of the hospitals' unsatisfactory reputations and several little known facts pertaining to the hospitals' relationships with African Americans and women. In recent years, the hospital system renamed the institutions to avoid connotation linked to the word "charity."

From 1980 to 1984, Jonathan Roberts, Dr. P.H., was DHH Assistant Secretary and Director of the Charity Hospital System. He also served as CEO of the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans, Administrator for Earl K. Long Medical Center and LSU HCSD Chief Academic Officer.

The Foundation for Historic Louisiana's "Heritage Lecture" will be Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 pm. History buffs will gather in The East Room of the Old Governor's Mansion 501 North Boulevard.

A reception hosted by Calandro's Fine Cellars begins at 6 p.m. There is a $10 fee for guests, but if you join the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, these lectures are free for members.

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