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Charity Tales
By Mark Brinker, MD and Bo Frederick, MD
Remember the long nights in the Accident Room and West Admit? Remember “See one, Do one, Teach one”? Remember when your day was so bad and your bank account was so empty that a free meal ticket to the basement Charity cafeteria made you happy? Remember coming home after being up 48 hours, exhausted with your scrubs covered in blood…and worse? We all do, we trained at Charity! 
   As orthopedic surgery residents, we remember working with some amazing nurses at Charity. We were dealing with some very sick and seriously injured patients, and it was a real team effort. We all remember. 
  In her day, Charity was a busy hospital and trauma center providing free care to tens-of-thousands of patients every year. She was also an unparalleled teaching hospital, training thousands of nurses and physicians.  
  Charity Hospital itself is now only a memory, permanently closed since 2005. There are books written about the history of Charity and a book describing her final days during Katrina. But there are no books from the nurse, medical student, and resident perspective. We all have stories from our days at Charity – some are funny, some are amazing, and some are just plain unbelievable. This is why we are contacting you. 
  We plan to publish a printed book compiling Charity stories from those who trained and worked there. And we want to include one or more of your “Charity Tales.”
  Please take a few minutes and think back to your days at Charity. We want stories about funny patients and experiences while you were at Charity. We want stories about the amazing Charity “third world” medicine that really worked. 
  We also want you to remind us of any terms or words unique to Charity. If we get enough of these we will include a Charity Glossary in the book (for example: low blood – anemia, high blood – hypertension, sweet blood – diabetes). Any funny patient quotes would also be good. Also, if you have any photographs from your days at Charity that you think would help the book, please email them directly to us.
  Please understand the purpose of the book is to celebrate Charity by sharing our astonishing stories with the world. We do not want to bash Charity – she was a great hospital and gave each of us priceless hands on experience. We are proud to have been trained at Charity.
  We cannot, of course, use any real names of patients, so please, if your story includes a patient, use a fictitious name.  
  Our request is going to all the nursing and medical alumni that we can find. If you have friends that worked at Charity and you think they would want to contribute, please give them our website address. The more Charity Tales the better.
  Just go to You will need to register your name and sign the copyright release. We cannot use your story without your signing the release. You can submit as many stories as you like, and please include as many details as you can remember. Please send the website link to all your friends. If you have any questions, you can contact us through our email.
  Please take time from your busy schedule and help us write this book. Charity is now just a memory and these stories are now fading into the past. We owe it to ourselves and to Charity to write this book. When we think back to our years at Charity, the best memories are the stories we tell our friends about our time there. We need to share these stories!  

Thanks for your help,  
​                                                                                                                          Use this link to Charity Tales website:
Mark Brinker, MD
Tulane Orthopedics 1988- 1993

Bo Frederick, MD
Tulane Orthopedics 1985-1990

Note: We prefer that you use the web site to submit your stories. If you choose not to use the web site, you can send them directly to us via our email or by regular mail to the address below. If you do not go through the web site, we will need to mail you a written copyright release to sign if your story is selected to go in the book. So please include your name and mailing address with any story submitted via email or regular mail.
Bo Frederick, MD, 9301 North Central Expressway, Suite 350,