For 165 years, Touro Infirmary has had a special place in the heart of the New Orleans community. Since 1852 Touro has continued the mission of founder Judah Touro to provide compassionate healthcare of the highest quality to the people it serves.
Touro has been at the forefront of innovation for decades. In 1923, Touro was one of only fifteen hospitals in the country approved to use insulin to treat patients. In 1929, Touro was one of the first hospitals in the United States and the first in the city to have a physical therapy department, which paved the way for our nationally recognized Rehabilitation Center. Today, Touro Rehabilitation Center offers specialized inpatient and outpatient programs for patients experiencing catastrophic injuries, neurological disorders and diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury and cancer.
In 1922, Touro Infirmary Maternity Service was established, and Touro unofficially became the place “where babies come from”. Today, Touro is designated a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana. The hospital delivers the second most babies in the state for any single hospital, with more than 3,500 New Orleans’ babies born in 2015. In 2013, Touro expanded its Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to better care for the tiniest patients; followed by and expansion and renovation of the Family Birthing Center in 2014.
As New Orleans’ longest serving hospital, Touro carries the same characteristics of our hometown: strength, endurance, innovation, and compassion. In its 165-year history, Touro has survived challenges such as the yellow fever epidemic, the Civil War, and two World Wars. In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina forced Touro to close its doors for the first time since the Civil War. Touro reopened its doors just 28 days later making us the first hospital to reopen after the storm. For four months, Touro was the only operating adult care hospital in Orleans Parish. Through times of challenge, Touro has remained resilient.
In 2009, Touro and Children’s Hospital partnered to form LCMC Health, a non-profit, community-based system providing a complete continuum of care from birth to geriatrics. In the following years, LCMC Health has expanded to include University Medical Center, New Orleans East Hospital and West Jefferson Medical Center. Today, Touro joins its partner hospitals in dedication to the community through a focus on economic development, advanced research, teaching and clinical excellence initiatives.
Touro is a leading healthcare provider for New Orleans, demonstrated by award-winning care and accolades. Touro recently earned Advance Certification for Primary Stroke Centers by the Joint Commission. By achieving this designation, Touro has made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke. The hospital also recently earned three year reaccreditation by The Joint Commission and accreditation in six specialty rehabilitation programs by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Click here to read more about Touro’s awards.
Touro offers a full range of services including emergency services, preventive diagnostics, surgical care, women’s services, cardiology, cancer treatment, rehabilitation, imaging, orthopaedics, stroke care and more. In its 165-year history, Touro Infirmary has cared for generations of New Orleanians. Our patients and the community can count on our ongoing commitment the health and wellbeing for generations to come.
New Orleans is a city that values tradition and history and prides itself on the strength and vibrancy of our local community. No institution embodies this enduring New Orleans spirit more than Touro. Touro is proud to be New Orleans’ Hospital, 165 years strong.
Touro. Here for Life.