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Jerry Jones, LSU Health New Orleans Health Care Services Division Director of Facility Planning announced a contract to clean out Charity Hospital in New Orleans, La. Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. The building has been vacant since the federal levee failures following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

Kudos to Cole Halpern for his recent letter to The Advocate. Anyone viewing the documentary "Big Charity" would agree with Halpern that this landmark hospital should be saved, rehabbed and not torn down.

When visiting Europe, I was impressed by the way they value all their structures and keep them alive by care and refurbishing. Why can't we do the same for Big Charity, a medical facility that has done so much good for so many Louisiana citizens over the years? This matter needs to be re-examined before our leaders do something they will later regret. I received care at Big Charity in the 1950s, and the saying was that the nurses could make a bed without a sheet! The care was some of the best in the world.

Jeanette Blaize

retired state employee

Port Allen