“It has been nearly five years since Hurricane Katrina, and it is shameful that more than 80,000 residents in New Orleans East, the 9th Ward and parts of Gentilly still have to drive up to 30 minutes to an emergency room,” Landrieu said. “I understand that this is a matter of life and death. That’s why I’ve been so focused on putting together a plan that will give the people of the East a quality, full-service hospital as quickly as possible. And that’s why it’s so important that we put in place a hospital that is financially sustainable over time.”
Landrieu also released his administration’s
During focus groups with physicians and community members held in the last 60 days, many expressed concern about emergency transport time from the eastern parts of
Landrieu added, “Today, we have laid out a comprehensive plan for healthcare in New Orleans East, from our vast network of primary care clinics to a full-service hospital at the old Methodist site.”
Saving Taxpayer Dollars
Under the old deal, the city would have purchased three flooded buildings for $40 million – including
Under the old deal, the city was projected to spend $163 million to purchase, renovate and equip the new hospital, according to the Billes/ Wink Study, a feasibility study completed in 2009. Under the Landrieu plan, the total projected cost for the hospital is $110 million.
Landrieu said, “Our comprehensive healthcare plan saves the City precious federal funds. Every dollar that we save on this deal is another dollar that can be used to rebuild a playground or another worthy recovery project.”
During the transition period before Landrieu took office, he met with the CEO of UHS and also convened a Healthcare Task Force and a subcommittee, which made recommendations for healthcare in New Orleans East.
In his first 74 days in office, Mayor Landrieu has worked aggressively with community leaders and health care experts to open a hospital in New Orleans East.
In his first days in office, Landrieu convened a working group on the issue whose goal was to create a visioning document to articulate the broad goals for the future of healthcare in
On May 15, Mayor Landrieu asked for a 60-day review of the controversial $40 million property deal between the
Since the review period began 60 days ago, the City engaged Compass Clinical Consulting to produce programming and financial aspects of a technical plan for a hospital in New Orleans East including an estimate of operating costs.
Just last week, Mayor Landrieu announced a new Hospital Service District A board, who will be tasked with moving the hospital forward in the coming years.
(Landrieu Press Release)