NEW ORLEANS, LA—Yesterday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu hosted representatives from the Orleans Parish Hospital Service District A, LCMC Health, Touro Infirmary and the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System for the signing of a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement to confirm LCMC as the operator of the New Orleans East Hospital. Mayor Landrieu, City officials and the Orleans Parish Hospital Service District A (HSD) Board broke ground on the New Orleans East Hospital in January 2013 and expect it to open summer 2014. The new state-of-the-art facility will support 80 beds and offer primary care, pediatric care, pharmacy services and behavioral health to over 20,000 individuals in New Orleans East annually.
“The signing of the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement is another example of how public private partnerships are helping us deliver on our promise to restore quality, full service healthcare to the residents of New Orleans East,” said Mayor Landrieu. “I commend Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System for their work and look forward to the continued partnership with LCMC Health.”
"Through our signed Cooperative Endeavor Agreement, LCMC Health looks forward to working with the Orleans Parish Hospital Service District A and Mayor Landrieu's Administration to ensure the residents of New Orleans East have access to high quality healthcare in their community," said Greg Feirn, President & COO of LCMC Health. "As part of LCMC Health, New Orleans East Hospital will be part of a local, not-for-profit healthcare system with a commitment to community and dedication to improving the health of the patients we serve."
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 the hospital opening to ensure successful activation.
“Our organization was honored to be invited to lead restoration of healthcare services in New Orleans East. We have been pleased to make our contribution to the community and wish this transition and on-going delivery of care every future success,” stated John J. Finan, Jr., President and CEO Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.
Closed since Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans East Hospital includes a $130 million renovation of the previously existing six-story, 133,640-square-foot East Tower on the Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital site. Additionally, the project will construct a new, 71,700-square-foot Patient Care Pavilion. The hospital will provide complete surgical services, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, rehabilitation, patient education and social services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The Urgent Care Center opened more than 2 years ago under the direction of FMOLHS and has already served more than 16,000 people.
"Delivering a full service hospital to residents in New Orleans East has been a top priority of the HSD Board and the Landrieu administration,” said Ronnie Burns, Chairman of the Hospital Services District. “I am extremely pleased that we have signed the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with LCMC Health. By working as one team with a common purpose, we have been able to deliver a full service hospital in New Orleans East."
The hospital site 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.
LCMC Health will financially support the hospital by providing funding support of up to $12 million, as outlined in the cooperative endeavor agreement. The impact of LCMC Health’s commitment to the success of the hospital cannot be overstated. Although FMOLHS has been, and remains, extremely helpful in assisting the HSD meet its mission including activation services, the addition of financial support from LCMC Health and available LCMC Health resources in the market will substantially enhance the project. All parties are committed to opening on time and within budget
“A priority for the City’s Health Department is ensuring access to quality healthcare for all residents of New Orleans,” said Charlotte Parent, Director of the City of New Orleans Health Department. “Bringing the New Orleans East Hospital on-line is essential to providing a high quality of life for New Orleans residents across the city, specifically New Orleans East. I am proud that we have been able to work with the Hospital Services District and LCMC Health on an agreement to bring a full service hospital to the people of New Orleans East”.
To learn more about the New Orleans East Hospital, please visit www.noehospital.org.