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Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

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Mayor Landrieu and Hospital Service District Board celebrate one year anniversary of East After Hours Urgent Care at New Orleans East Hospital

August 14, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA—Last week, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the Orleans Parish Hospital Service District “A” marked the one year anniversary of the opening of urgent care services at the New Orleans East Hospital on the former Methodist Hospital Campus. East After Hours Urgent Care, had its grand opening last August.

The partnership between the Orleans Parish Hospital Service District "A" and the Daughers of Charity has provided primary and preventative care services including prenatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric. Specific treatments include chronic illnesses, behavior and mental healthcare, pharmacy services and dental. 

By the end of August 2012,  X-Ray service will be added to the list of available diagnostic tests. Since opening, the East After Hours Urgent Care Center has seen over 7,000 patients.

“Delivering a full service hospital to residents in New Orleans East has been a top priority of my administration,” said Mayor Landrieu. “For the last year, the successful operation of urgent care services is one of many significant steps we have taken to make a full service hospital a reality. The Urgent Care Center has filled a very important void and has made life for many residents of Eastern New Orleans much easier. I commend the Hospital Service District Board for their dedication and will continue to work with them until we have a quality, full service hospital.”

“The Urgent Care Center has done some great work in New Orleans East,” said Ronnie Burns, Chairman of the Hospital Service District Board. “This paves the way for a first class hospital for the citizens of New Orleans East, the Lower Ninth Ward, and Gentilly. I look forward to continuing my work with the Mayor to restore a full service hospital for our community.”

“The one year anniversary of urgent care marks another milestone in our progress towards opening a full service hospital,” said Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the City’s Health Commissioner. “We have been working with a singular focus towards our goal of a full service hospital because the residents in New Orleans East deserve no less. The urgent care facility has been a great first step towards this and has provided vital services that the community desperately needs and we are excited about the beginning of X-ray services.”

East After Hours Urgent Care is operated by Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Primary Care Services are provided at the same location by Daughters of Charity from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

Urgent care and paramedic triage services treats walk-in patients whose care needs are immediate. When patients enter the building, a first-floor paramedic staffed triage station evaluates patient needs for appropriateness of care, and refers them to either the 5th floor urgent care or to a local hospital emergency room. This facility is not an emergency room.

Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurance are accepted, and a financial assistance program is available for uninsured individuals. Professional staff is on site to conduct patient consultations and distribute information regarding new Medicare and Medicaid laws, regulations and eligibility requirements.

NEW ORLEANS EAST HOSPITAL

Mayor Landrieu has worked aggressively to open a full-service hospital at the former Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. The $126 million project will restore full-service healthcare to residents in New Orleans East. The Landrieu Administration and Orleans Parish Hospital Service District A (HSD) are moving quickly to build a full-service hospital with emergency care in New Orleans East. Since last year, $26 million has been acquired for the hospital.

In June of 2011, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) announced that the City of New Orleans was awarded an $8.4 million Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for the New Orleans East Hospital. These funds will ensure the structural safety of the hospital in the event of a natural disaster.

Major progress has been made towards the building of the new hospital. In June of this year the HSD submitted an application for a loan guarantee to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Design drawings for the facility have been completed and construction documents are now being developed.  Renderings are attached.

Since May 2010, the Landrieu administration and Hospital Service District have taken the following concrete steps towards delivering a full-service hospital to New Orleans East:

  • 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
  • Formed a search committee to hire an Executive Director, with administrative support, to lead the HSD.
  • Began demolition of two 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 $7 million is in Louisiana State Capital Outlay bill funds.
  • Awarded remediation contract, 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.
 
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Last updated: 8/14/2012 5:11:27 PM

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