$130M New Orleans East Hospital Opens

The nine-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina brought many painful reminders of how much reconstruction is still needed in New Orleans. It has also brought a sense of celebration of the many milestones the city reached in the long and hard road to recovery.

By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor

The nine-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this month brings sobering reminders of how much reconstruction is still ahead, but also a hopeful sense of progress. Among the latest encouraging milestones on the city’s long road to recovery is the recent opening of the $130 million New Orleans East Hospital.

Located at 5620 Read Blvd., the 80-bed facility was completed in May and has now received accreditation. It sits on the 23-acre former site of Methodist Hospital, which was severely damaged by Katrina. New Orleans East comprises Methodist’s six-story, 133,640-square-foot East Tower and a new three-story, 71,700-square-foot Patient Care Pavilion.

The facility includes 46 medical and surgical beds, ten pediatric medical and surgical beds, a 21-bed emergency department, a 14-bed intensive care unit, a 10-bed intermediate care unit, a seven-bed universal care unit, seven anesthesia and recovery care beds, four operating suites, two endoscopy suites, a catheter lab, an imaging department, a clinical lab, central sterile facilities, a full-service pharmacy, outpatient diagnostic facilities, a cardiac rehabilitation unit, a physical and occupational therapy facility and fitness center. The hospital also includes a suite of 56 administrative offices, eight meeting rooms, a physicians’ lounge, a cafeteria and a gift-shop.

Funding for the project was provided by a $97.6 million HUD-insured mortgage loan, $15 million in Capital Outlay Projects funding, an $8.4 million FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant and close to $1 million in federal grant money for hospital equipment and ensuring the facility’s completion.

The development team included New Orleans-based architecture firms Manning Architects and Eskew-Dumez-Ripple, as well as the Lemoine Co., the project’s Lafayette-based general contractor. The hospital has created 150 new permanent jobs and provided 300 jobs during construction.

The grounds of New Orleans East are also home to a 33,000-square-foot primary care facility operated by Daughters of Charity Health Service. Located at 5630 Read Blvd., the $9 million facility opened in January.

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