Touro Infirmary

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

Prytania Street entrance of Touro Infirmary


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

The hospital is located in Uptown New Orleans, near the Garden District. It is near the intersection of Louisiana Avenue and Prytania Street. The address is 1401 Foucher Street, New Orleans.


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

Touro is best known for its Family Birthing Center and neonatal intensive care unit. It is also known for its cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and rehabilitation programs. Its Neuroscience Center is one of the most advanced in the city.

Notable physicians who worked at Touro included Dr. Alton Ochsner, Edgar Hull, and Abraham Louis Levin. 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.