NEW ORLEANS, LA – TODAY, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined City and State officials for a tour of the New Orleans East Hospital (NOEH), currently under construction at 5640 Read Boulevard, and the newly constructed Daughters of Charity Health Center, which opened on January 6, 2014 on the NOEH campus. The sites are symbols of the Administration’s commitment to restore a full array of medical services to the citizens of New Orleans East.
The hospital, a $130 million project at the site of the former Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital, will restore full-service healthcare to New Orleans East residents left without a hospital since Hurricane Katrina. Now 75% complete with over 300 people working onsite, NOEH expects to serve patients in the spring of 2014.
“Every day, we move closer to our goal of opening a full-service hospital in New Orleans East and restoring to this community what has been missing for far too long,” said Mayor Landrieu. “We can look forward to having this hospital open in just a few short months, complemented by a spectacular primary health clinic operated by Daughters of Charity Health Centers. This is a perfect example of the type of public-private partnerships that is making our city stronger.”
The NOEH construction, which broke ground January 2013, includes renovation of the previously existing six-story, 133,640-square-foot East Tower and construction of a new, 71,700 Patient Care Pavilion. The Urgent Care Center opened more than 2 years ago under the direction of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS), the current partner with the City and the Hospital Service District in developing the hospital. The Urgent Care Center has already served more than 17,000 people.
“From the beginning, we have been committed to providing a wide-array of quality services at the hospital, and it is incredibly exciting to see construction progressing so well,” said Ronald V. Burns Sr., Hospital Service District A Board Chair.
City Council President Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson said, “Having the Daughters of Charity Health Center providing primary care close by the New Orleans East Hospital ensures that our citizens are able to take care of their health and their families!”
District E Councilmember James A. Gray II said, "This new healthcare complex is a lifeline for the New Orleans East community not just because we need localized accessible providers below the industrial canal, but also because it will be a long term economic engine for the community."
District D Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell said, "I'm excited to see the opening of the Daughters of Charity Healthcare Center, and the progress made so far on the full-service New Orleans East Hospital. New Orleans East needs these services and we are well on our way to seeing it through."
The state-of-the-art, 33,000-square-foot Daughters of Charity Health Center opened on January 6, 2014 and serves as a primary healthcare center for residents in New Orleans East. Built for $9 million, including $3 million in funding from the City of New Orleans, includes 36 exam rooms on two stories, two special procedure exam rooms, six behavioral health counseling offices, a lab, pharmacy, team and training rooms.
“For 180 years, the Daughters of Charity have provided access to high-quality health care for all members of our community,” said Michael Griffin, President and CEO of Daughters of Charity Health Centers. “With the opening of the Daughters of Charity Health Center in eastern New Orleans we will continue this great health care legacy, offering a full-service primary and preventive care practice, including women’s health (OB/GYN and prenatal services), primary care for children, adults and seniors, pharmacy, behavioral health services and more health resources under one roof.”
DCHC is among 30 clinics nationwide selected as an Exemplar Primary Care Practice by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Group Health Research Institute, who have teamed up on a new initiative to identify practice innovations that make primary care more efficient, effective, and satisfying to patients and providers.
The hospital site had remained vacant with no plans for redevelopment for nearly five years until the Landrieu Administration and the Orleans Parish Hospital Service District A brought the development to fruition in 2010.
“It is thrilling to see quality health care services and jobs restored to this vital part of our city. This has been a major public health priority for the Landrieu Administration and will go a long way towards improving the health of our population,” said Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Health Commissioner.
In November, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that the Orleans Parish Hospital Service District A signed a non-binding Letter of Intent with LCMC Health as a first step toward LCMC operating the New Orleans East Hospital.
The LCMC system currently includes Children’s Hospital, Touro Infirmary, Interim LSU Hospital and the future University Medical Center.
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS), the current partner with the City and the Hospital Service District in developing the hospital, will continue with the project until hospital opening to ensure successful activation.