Thursday, October 06, 2005

Charity Hospital to be demolished?

Now severely crippled because of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans' Charity Hospital was already suffering from old age, and now the building has been deemed "unsalvageable."

At first glance, it is not easy to find any serious damage. The lobby and the upper floors seem to be intact for the most part, but when one steps into the basement, it's an entirely different story.

The basement was critical to the hospital's daily operations, and it appears now that it was totally submerged for about eight or nine days. The building's important mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems are in the basement, and they were all destroyed by the water.
Every challenge is an opportunity. It was past time for a new hospital in New Orleans for the poor.

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