Delivering a Full Service Hospital to New Orleans East

The once vibrant community in New Orleans East is rebounding from the significant devastation of Hurricane Katrina but still does not have a hospital.

The Landrieu Administration and the HSD are moving quickly to build a full-service hospital with emergency care in New Orleans East because that’s what the citizens of eastern New Orleans deserve. After nearly five years of inaction, the Landrieu Administration in just one year has made significant strides towards building a new hospital in New Orleans East in partnership with the Orleans Parish Hospital Service District A Board (HSD) to build health care services to serve New Orleans East. The Board consists of representatives of the community who are engaged and ready to move quickly to assure quality health care services.

Urgent care services began in July 2011 on the hospital campus as a first step towards building a full hospital, which will reopen in 2013. This represents the first access to 24 hour, 7 day a week care for this community since Hurricane Katrina.

Since May 2010, these concrete steps have been taken:

    • Appointed new board members to the HSD Board.
    • Announced an agreement with Universal Health Services to purchase the former Methodist Hospital site for $16.25 million, saving taxpayers $23.75 million in real estate deal. The City closed on this deal on August 20, 2010.
    • Announced an agreement with Daughters of Charity and Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady to operate the hospital, with a $2 million commitment from the Daughters of Charity Foundation.
    • Accessed a $910,000 grant from federal agency HRSA for hospital equipment.
    • Awarded $50,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support HSD Board’s work to
    • rebuild the hospital.
    • Issued seventeen RFPs for professional services and or contracts with the Urgent Care Center.
    • Selected candidates for Health Care Counsel, Accountant, Program Management Team, General
    • Counsel, Accountant, Auditor, Architect, and Engineering and Remediation Firms.
    • Released 2 invitations for bids for public works projects.
    • Hired an Executive Director, with administrative support, to manage the HSD.
    • Completed demolition of two blighted buildings on the hospital campus, the former Ambulatory Surgery Center and Cancer Center, to allow for site preparation on the hospital campus.
    • Opened “East After-Hours Urgent Care”, restoring 24 hour care to residents in New Orleans East.
    • Broke ground with Daughters of Charity on their planned 34,000 square foot primary care center on the hospital campus.
    • Received $1 million from the New Orleans Charitable Health Fund.
    • Received $15.37 million is in Louisiana State Capital Outlay bill funds.
    • Awarded remediation contract, with work expected to be complete by August 2012.
    • Completed a loan guarantee application for HUD financing.
    • Received $8.4 million in FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant funds.

      The HSD Board meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 5:00 p.m. at the East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70127. Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend these public meetings.

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