Three weeks after the events of Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana Governor announced that Charity Hospital would not reopen. Despite the effort from the military, FEMA, and volunteers who pumped the remaining flood water out of the hospital and prepared it to reopen. Many claim the hospital was fully functional and ready to reopen when the Governor ordered the power shut down at Charity. Hospital police forced all staff and volunteers out of the building and locked the doors to the building, leaving the hospital to sit abandoned for the next 13 years.
The property is guarded and patrolled 24 hours a day by security and police. Securing the building costs the city an estimated $3 million dollars a year. A $1.2 billion-dollar hospital was opened in 2015 to replace Charity Hospital using the state and federal money collected as compensation for the storm’s damage to the old hospital.