Hotel Dieu Hospital was founded by the Daughters of Charity an order of nuns.
Here's a bit I found online:
opened its doors in 1859, more
than a century after the founding
of Charity Hospital. Hotel Dieu is
French for "House of God."
The hospital was founded, owned
and operated by the Daughters
of Charity, and was the only
private hospital in New Orleans
that stayed open during the
The present building was
completed in 1972, replacing a
structure completed in 1924,
which, in turn, had replaced the
original Hotel Dieu.
During the hospital's long history,
it saw New Orleans through two
major yellow fever epidemics (1853
and 1897). It was the first hospital
in the nation to air-condition its
surgical suites (1913), and it was
the site of milestone medical
research that developed
sulfonamide drug treatment for
meningitis (the 1940s).
At the end of 1992, the Daughters of
Charity sold Hotel Dieu to the state
and the hospital was re-named
"University Hospital". After
Hurricane Katrina, Charity Hospital
closed and University Hospital was
updated, becoming the main
campus of LSUHSC. University
Hospital was then renamed
"LSU Public Hospital".