Louisiana State University's Charity and University hospitals in New Orleans can't be salvaged from the damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina, and the Louisiana State University Health Care Services Division said it plans to rebuild the two campuses. Meanwhile, employees from the hospitals are treating patients aboard a 1,000-bed U.S. Navy hospital ship, the division said. Only Touro Infirmary, which is providing emergency care, has been able to reopen in New Orleans since several hospitals closed Sept. 15 after the hurricane. LSU's Charity campus had been in use since 1736. Building a new hospital could cost as much as $750 million, according to news reports. Charity and University, part of the state's network of eight public hospitals, are the largest providers of indigent care in Louisiana. -- by Joseph Mantone
LSU says New Orleans hospitals must be rebuilt
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