March 2, 1876
Louisiana Legislative Act to Establish Shreveport Charity Hospital
Act 40 of the Louisiana Legislature, signed by Governor William P. Kellogg, was passed to establish a charity hospital in Shreveport. This hospital would be maintained at the expense of the State “for the reception and medical and surgical treatment of indigent and destitute sick and wounded persons, without distinction of race and color, said hospital to be known and designated as the ‘Shreveport Charity Hospital.’”
The Shreveport Charity Hospital was located at the site of a former private school at the corner of Pierre Avenue and Ford Street. The ill-equipped hospital could accommodate only 25 patients. The first staff consisted of three professionals: Dr. Thomas G. Ford, chief surgeon; Dr. W.K. Sutherlin, intern; and Dr. W.M. Turner, superintendent. The Shreveport Charity Hospital remained at this location until 1889.