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'Big Charity's" Emergency entrance at 11:25 pm as a hit and run victim arrives

'Big Charity's" Emergency entrance at 11:25 pm as a hit and run victim arrives

In 1991 I spent 45 days immersed in three Louisiana Charity Hospitals, New Orleans, Shreveport and Lake Charles. Charity has always cared for the regions poor and is considered one the best teaching hospitals in America, if your no other reason than the sheer volume and variety of cases that walk through its doors.

"The poor of New Orleans have always known that Charity is the place to go for good, free or low-cost care...and for decades, Mother Charity has always been there for them..." -from the intro by Jill Jordan Sieder, from Acts of Charity, Louisiana Life Magazine 1991

Gunshot victim, Kendrick Connerly is rushed to emergency by Dr.

Gunshot victim, Kendrick Connerly is rushed to emergency by Dr.

Kendrick Connerly, gunshot victim, is x-rayed in ER.

Kendrick Connerly, gunshot victim, is x-rayed in ER.

Gunshot victim, Kendrick Connerly grimaces in pain as a roomful

Gunshot victim, Kendrick Connerly grimaces in pain as a roomful

When Charity Hospital, New Orleans first opened, the nuns of St.

When Charity Hospital, New Orleans first opened, the nuns of St.

The OB/Gyn clinic waiting room was formerly the nun's chapel. Ty

The OB/Gyn clinic waiting room was formerly the nun's chapel. Ty

Dr. Judi Binderman hands the 1st of Darlene Miller's twins to an

Dr. Judi Binderman hands the 1st of Darlene Miller's twins to an

Desiree Loeb, a health educaton coordinator for the NO Aids Task

Desiree Loeb, a health educaton coordinator for the NO Aids Task

Darlene Miller's daughter, the second of fraternal twins deliver

Darlene Miller's daughter, the second of fraternal twins deliver

4am and Walter Friles, Jr. and other patients cover up and try t

4am and Walter Friles, Jr. and other patients cover up and try t

Walter Files, Jr. has been in the ER waiting room for many hours

Walter Files, Jr. has been in the ER waiting room for many hours

Security guards are forced to restrain a belligerant patient. Dr

Security guards are forced to restrain a belligerant patient. Dr

17 year old Doris Davis was stabbed in the back. She roams the h

17 year old Doris Davis was stabbed in the back. She roams the h

Dorothy Bennett, Whitfield Mallard, Adaya White, and Orleans Par

Dorothy Bennett, Whitfield Mallard, Adaya White, and Orleans Par

The number of prisoner patients from the variouls statewide jail

The number of prisoner patients from the variouls statewide jail

An inmate patient shows off scars from an old wound. He was shot

An inmate patient shows off scars from an old wound. He was shot

At "Big Charity", Dr. John Jones works to stabilize a patient cr

At "Big Charity", Dr. John Jones works to stabilize a patient cr

Dr. Mike Agapos and Paul Maurer attends to Charles Edwards, who

Dr. Mike Agapos and Paul Maurer attends to Charles Edwards, who

A team of young doctors attend to a hit and run accident victim.

A team of young doctors attend to a hit and run accident victim.

Charles Cox came to NO from Hammond when bones were broken from

Charles Cox came to NO from Hammond when bones were broken from

Charles Cox came to NO from Hammond when bones were broken from

Charles Cox came to NO from Hammond when bones were broken from

Dr. McSwain (r), a primary teaching physician in the ER, leads a

Dr. McSwain (r), a primary teaching physician in the ER, leads a

Dr. McSwain, the primary teaching physician, takes a group of in

Dr. McSwain, the primary teaching physician, takes a group of in

X-rays of a patient in the psychiatric unit. The x-rays reveal t

X-rays of a patient in the psychiatric unit. The x-rays reveal t

Nathan Thomas, a homeless and unemployed welder was hitchhiking

Nathan Thomas, a homeless and unemployed welder was hitchhiking

W.O. Moss Regional Hospital in Lake Charles, La. has been downsi

W.O. Moss Regional Hospital in Lake Charles, La. has been downsi

At Moss Regional Charity Hospital, Dr. Yu attends to patients Ja

At Moss Regional Charity Hospital, Dr. Yu attends to patients Ja

Dr. Sui Lit Yu has taken over much of the operation of Moss Regi

Dr. Sui Lit Yu has taken over much of the operation of Moss Regi

The downsizing of Moss Regional eliminated many departments. Obs

The downsizing of Moss Regional eliminated many departments. Obs

Shreveport: PTCA surgery (a balloon is inserted and inflated to

Shreveport: PTCA surgery (a balloon is inserted and inflated to

Dr. Warren Grafton leads sophomore medical students in the LSU P

Dr. Warren Grafton leads sophomore medical students in the LSU P

Burn victim Ronald Barnes was transferred to Shreveport from New

Burn victim Ronald Barnes was transferred to Shreveport from New

Nurse Frances Hawkins counsels patient Dorothy Johnson, who is a

Nurse Frances Hawkins counsels patient Dorothy Johnson, who is a

Nurse Frances Hawkins changes the IV in George Tillmans's arm. M

Nurse Frances Hawkins changes the IV in George Tillmans's arm. M

charity.girl.brokenarm.jpg
3-year old Quincy Maren was accidently drug behind his brother's

3-year old Quincy Maren was accidently drug behind his brother's

Darlene Miller gets the first glimpse of her newborn twin daught

Darlene Miller gets the first glimpse of her newborn twin daught

Desiree Loeb, a health education coordinator for the NO Aids Tas

Desiree Loeb, a health education coordinator for the NO Aids Tas

C-600, the adult infection isolation unit houses many patients d

C-600, the adult infection isolation unit houses many patients d

Aids patient Clarence Childress shows his knitting to social wor

Aids patient Clarence Childress shows his knitting to social wor

Jim Gallagher is treated for the AIDS virus in C-600, the adult

Jim Gallagher is treated for the AIDS virus in C-600, the adult

Death in the ER. The victim of a motorcycle accident awaits tran

Death in the ER. The victim of a motorcycle accident awaits tran

Death in the ER. The victim of a motorcycle accident awaits tran

Death in the ER. The victim of a motorcycle accident awaits tran

Jeff Foster was stabbed 4 times by his girlfriend, who brought h

Jeff Foster was stabbed 4 times by his girlfriend, who brought h

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Title spread from "Louisiana Life"

Title spread from "Louisiana Life"

In 1991 I got an assignment from Louisiana Life Magazine.  In the early 90's National Healthcare was getting attention. Louisiana's Charity Hospital System had a unique was of caring for the state's underprivileged populations. My assignment was to spend a few on the story, but I immediately realized that this was a much bigger story. I asked if it was ok if I shot much, much more than asked. The magazine paid a space rate rather than a day rate, so they had no problems with that at all.

In all, I spent about a month and a half immersed in 3 of the states facilities, New Orleans, Shreveport and Lake Charles, each of which had some very unique features. I had a blanket release for all employees of the hospitals, but had to get signed releases from every patient photographed. The magazine ended up running 3 times the amount of images that they had originally intended. The story ended up winning a 1992 Press Club Award and It has been one of the most meaningful projects of my career.

 

page layouts from Louisiana Life Magazine.

page layouts from Louisiana Life Magazine.

'Big Charity's" Emergency entrance at 11:25 pm as a hit and run victim arrives

In 1991 I spent 45 days immersed in three Louisiana Charity Hospitals, New Orleans, Shreveport and Lake Charles. Charity has always cared for the regions poor and is considered one the best teaching hospitals in America, if your no other reason than the sheer volume and variety of cases that walk through its doors.

"The poor of New Orleans have always known that Charity is the place to go for good, free or low-cost care...and for decades, Mother Charity has always been there for them..." -from the intro by Jill Jordan Sieder, from Acts of Charity, Louisiana Life Magazine 1991

Gunshot victim, Kendrick Connerly is rushed to emergency by Dr.

Kendrick Connerly, gunshot victim, is x-rayed in ER.

Gunshot victim, Kendrick Connerly grimaces in pain as a roomful

When Charity Hospital, New Orleans first opened, the nuns of St.

The OB/Gyn clinic waiting room was formerly the nun's chapel. Ty

Dr. Judi Binderman hands the 1st of Darlene Miller's twins to an

Desiree Loeb, a health educaton coordinator for the NO Aids Task

Darlene Miller's daughter, the second of fraternal twins deliver

4am and Walter Friles, Jr. and other patients cover up and try t

Walter Files, Jr. has been in the ER waiting room for many hours

Security guards are forced to restrain a belligerant patient. Dr

17 year old Doris Davis was stabbed in the back. She roams the h

Dorothy Bennett, Whitfield Mallard, Adaya White, and Orleans Par

The number of prisoner patients from the variouls statewide jail

An inmate patient shows off scars from an old wound. He was shot

At "Big Charity", Dr. John Jones works to stabilize a patient cr

Dr. Mike Agapos and Paul Maurer attends to Charles Edwards, who

A team of young doctors attend to a hit and run accident victim.

Charles Cox came to NO from Hammond when bones were broken from

Charles Cox came to NO from Hammond when bones were broken from

Dr. McSwain (r), a primary teaching physician in the ER, leads a

Dr. McSwain, the primary teaching physician, takes a group of in

X-rays of a patient in the psychiatric unit. The x-rays reveal t

Nathan Thomas, a homeless and unemployed welder was hitchhiking

W.O. Moss Regional Hospital in Lake Charles, La. has been downsi

At Moss Regional Charity Hospital, Dr. Yu attends to patients Ja

Dr. Sui Lit Yu has taken over much of the operation of Moss Regi

The downsizing of Moss Regional eliminated many departments. Obs

Shreveport: PTCA surgery (a balloon is inserted and inflated to

Dr. Warren Grafton leads sophomore medical students in the LSU P

Burn victim Ronald Barnes was transferred to Shreveport from New

Nurse Frances Hawkins counsels patient Dorothy Johnson, who is a

Nurse Frances Hawkins changes the IV in George Tillmans's arm. M

3-year old Quincy Maren was accidently drug behind his brother's

Darlene Miller gets the first glimpse of her newborn twin daught

Desiree Loeb, a health education coordinator for the NO Aids Tas

C-600, the adult infection isolation unit houses many patients d

Aids patient Clarence Childress shows his knitting to social wor

Jim Gallagher is treated for the AIDS virus in C-600, the adult

Death in the ER. The victim of a motorcycle accident awaits tran

Death in the ER. The victim of a motorcycle accident awaits tran

Jeff Foster was stabbed 4 times by his girlfriend, who brought h

Title spread from "Louisiana Life"

In 1991 I got an assignment from Louisiana Life Magazine.  In the early 90's National Healthcare was getting attention. Louisiana's Charity Hospital System had a unique was of caring for the state's underprivileged populations. My assignment was to spend a few on the story, but I immediately realized that this was a much bigger story. I asked if it was ok if I shot much, much more than asked. The magazine paid a space rate rather than a day rate, so they had no problems with that at all.

In all, I spent about a month and a half immersed in 3 of the states facilities, New Orleans, Shreveport and Lake Charles, each of which had some very unique features. I had a blanket release for all employees of the hospitals, but had to get signed releases from every patient photographed. The magazine ended up running 3 times the amount of images that they had originally intended. The story ended up winning a 1992 Press Club Award and It has been one of the most meaningful projects of my career.

 

page layouts from Louisiana Life Magazine.

'Big Charity's" Emergency entrance at 11:25 pm as a hit and run victim arrives
Gunshot victim, Kendrick Connerly is rushed to emergency by Dr.
Kendrick Connerly, gunshot victim, is x-rayed in ER.
Gunshot victim, Kendrick Connerly grimaces in pain as a roomful
When Charity Hospital, New Orleans first opened, the nuns of St.
The OB/Gyn clinic waiting room was formerly the nun's chapel. Ty
Dr. Judi Binderman hands the 1st of Darlene Miller's twins to an
Desiree Loeb, a health educaton coordinator for the NO Aids Task
Darlene Miller's daughter, the second of fraternal twins deliver
4am and Walter Friles, Jr. and other patients cover up and try t
Walter Files, Jr. has been in the ER waiting room for many hours
Security guards are forced to restrain a belligerant patient. Dr
17 year old Doris Davis was stabbed in the back. She roams the h
Dorothy Bennett, Whitfield Mallard, Adaya White, and Orleans Par
The number of prisoner patients from the variouls statewide jail
An inmate patient shows off scars from an old wound. He was shot
At "Big Charity", Dr. John Jones works to stabilize a patient cr
Dr. Mike Agapos and Paul Maurer attends to Charles Edwards, who
A team of young doctors attend to a hit and run accident victim.
Charles Cox came to NO from Hammond when bones were broken from
Charles Cox came to NO from Hammond when bones were broken from
Dr. McSwain (r), a primary teaching physician in the ER, leads a
Dr. McSwain, the primary teaching physician, takes a group of in
X-rays of a patient in the psychiatric unit. The x-rays reveal t
Nathan Thomas, a homeless and unemployed welder was hitchhiking
W.O. Moss Regional Hospital in Lake Charles, La. has been downsi
At Moss Regional Charity Hospital, Dr. Yu attends to patients Ja
Dr. Sui Lit Yu has taken over much of the operation of Moss Regi
The downsizing of Moss Regional eliminated many departments. Obs
Shreveport: PTCA surgery (a balloon is inserted and inflated to
Dr. Warren Grafton leads sophomore medical students in the LSU P
Burn victim Ronald Barnes was transferred to Shreveport from New
Nurse Frances Hawkins counsels patient Dorothy Johnson, who is a
Nurse Frances Hawkins changes the IV in George Tillmans's arm. M
charity.girl.brokenarm.jpg
3-year old Quincy Maren was accidently drug behind his brother's
Darlene Miller gets the first glimpse of her newborn twin daught
Desiree Loeb, a health education coordinator for the NO Aids Tas
C-600, the adult infection isolation unit houses many patients d
Aids patient Clarence Childress shows his knitting to social wor
Jim Gallagher is treated for the AIDS virus in C-600, the adult
Death in the ER. The victim of a motorcycle accident awaits tran
Death in the ER. The victim of a motorcycle accident awaits tran
Jeff Foster was stabbed 4 times by his girlfriend, who brought h
charity.inverseproportioncorpse.jpg
Title spread from "Louisiana Life"
page layouts from Louisiana Life Magazine.