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This Month in Our History

This Month in our History
To learn about other interesting events that occurred this month, visit the Medical Library and see the entire exhibit located by the elevators on the first floor.

August 8, 1889

Shreveport Charity Hospital Relocated to Texas Avenue and Murphy Street

The Shreveport Charity Hospital was relocated to the new building on Texas Avenue and Murphy Street. The hospital was housed in a frame building, 215 ft. long, 38 ft. wide and 2 stories high. The Administration Building was in the center, with two wards on either side. The number of beds in this new facility cannot be accurately determined, since written accounts set the number anywhere from 40 to 80 beds. Hospital staff included Dr. D. M. Clay, surgeon; Dr. Francis Scrimzeour Furman, intern; and Mrs. Tabor, who served as the matron.

August 1, 1976

Merger of CMMC and LSU School of Medicine

On August 1, 1976, Governor Edwin Edwards signed into law Act 470 of the 1976 Legislature which provided for the merger of the Confederate Memorial Medical Center and the LSU Medical Center School of Medicine in Shreveport. In addition, Act 385 of the 1976 Legislature transferred control of the CMMC from the State Charity Hospital System to the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors. This change in leadership allowed the facility to become the teaching hospital for the new LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport.

August 18, 2000

LSUHSC-S Finally Receives Approval for a Separate Chancellor

On August 18, 2000, the LSU Board of Supervisors voted to allow the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport to have its own Chancellor, thus achieving financial independence. The Board’s decision created three equal divisions of the University’s health services, each with its own chancellor: LSUHSC-Shreveport, LSUHSC-New Orleans, and the group of other charity hospitals owned by the state. This ruling stipulated that funds could no longer be transferred from one medical complex to another, ensuring that the Shreveport Medical Center, the state’s most profitable, would keep its money, rather than supporting New Orleans. A start date for the separation was not indicated. This ruling ended a two-decade long battle for autonomy.