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Touro Infirmary

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Touro Infirmary
LCMC Health System
Prytania Street entrance of Touro Infirmary
Location1401 Foucher St., New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Coordinates29°55′33″N 90°05′32″W / 29.925841°N 90.092261°W / 29.925841; -90.092261 (1852, Touro Infirmary)
ListsHospitals in Louisiana

Touro Infirmary is a non-profit hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is part of LCMC Health. It is a member of LCMC Health.


Touro Infirmary is affiliated with the Louisiana State University Health Science Center and Tulane University School of Medicine.

The hospital has been located in Uptown New Orleans, within the historic Garden District since 1911. It is near the intersection of Louisiana Avenue and Prytania Street. The address is 1401 Foucher Street, New Orleans with entrances on Foucher Street and Prytania Street.


Touro Infirmary was founded in 1852 by an endowment from Judah Touro. Edward Haycock, Sr., of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England won first prize for his plans for the building.[1]

Touro is best known for its Family Birthing Center and for founding the first rehabilitation program[2] in New Orleans. It is also known for its cancer, diabetes, and heart disease programs. Its Neuroscience Center is one of the most advanced in the city.

Notable physicians who worked at Touro included Drs. Alton Ochsner, Edgar Hull, Abraham Louis Levin, and Rudolph Matas. Notable patients have included jazz musician Muggsy Spanier, who composed his tune "Relaxin' at the Touro" while recovering from an operation there. Touro was also the birthplace of writer Truman Capote, on September 30, 1924.

It was also notable for being the only full-service, adult hospital open in Orleans Parish in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


  1. ^ "The Late Edward Haycock, Esq[uire]". Eddowes's Shrewsbury Journal. 28 December 1870. p. 5.Obituary, which states: "As evidence of his great skill we may adduce that he obtained first prizes for plans for the Birmingham [England] and New Orleans Infirmaries..." Not mentioned in Haycock's sketch in Howard Colvin's Dictionary of British Architects.
  2. ^ "Rehabilitation program". Touro.

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