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Aug 20, 2014 3:02 PM by KATC

N.O. mayor on hand for grand opening of N.O. East hospital renovated by Lafayette company

The former Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital, which had sat dormant since Hurricane Katrina and had left nearly 126,000 eastern New Orleans residents without an accessible community hospital, now has been completely renovated by a Lafayette company into a brand new state-of-the-art health facility.

The Lemoine Company, based in Lafayette, served as the project's general contractor.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined the Hospital Service District A (HSD), U.S. Congressman Cedric Richmond, State Senator J.P. Morrell, State Representative Wesley Bishop, LCMC Health CEO Greg Feirn, the New Orleans City Council and residents of New Orleans East, Gentilly and the Lower Ninth Ward to celebrate the accreditation and grand opening of the new New Orleans East Hospital. Located at 5620 Read Boulevard, the new facility includes a $130 million renovation of the previously existing six-story, 133,640-square-foot East Tower and the development of a new three-story, 71,700-square-foot Patient Care Pavilion.

On July 12, 2014, the 80-bed hospital opened for service, providing primary and pediatric care, pharmacy services and surgical services. As part of the accreditation process, the facility received several visits, including the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital, the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy and the Louisiana State Fire Marshall.

New Orleans East Hospital (NOEH) has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes New Orleans East Hospital's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's rigorous standards. New Orleans East Hospital underwent a thorough, unannounced on-site survey in August 2014.

"By working as one team with a common purpose, we have been able to deliver a high-quality hospital in New Orleans East," said Mayor Landrieu. "We made it a priority to give the residents a hospital they deserve. I commend the Hospital Service District Board and Charlotte Parent for their dedication and unwavering commitment to seeing this project through its completion. New Orleans is coming back better than ever before."

In 2010, after making a public commitment to restore high-quality healthcare to residents in New Orleans East, Gentilly and the Lower Ninth Ward, Mayor Landrieu charged the HSD board with leading the site's renovation and onboarding a leading medical team.

Today, the 13-member board, made up of business and civic leaders, healthcare providers and operators and New Orleans East residents, reports the creation of 300 jobs during the construction phase and over 150 new, permanent local jobs. HSD also met the mandated 35 percent Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation through publically bid contracts for construction and professional services.

"Mayor Landrieu made a promise to the people of New Orleans that we would restore critical healthcare services to the community and rebuild the New Orleans East Hospital," said Ronnie Burns, Chairman of the Hospital Services District. "I am extremely pleased that we delivered on a promise by collaborating with local, state, federal partners and the community. The New Orleans East Hospital represents a symbol of progress for New Orleans East."

"We are building a culture of excellence at New Orleans East Hospital - putting patients first and creating an atmosphere of compassion, concern, care and kindness among the hospital's staff and physicians," said Dr. Mario Garner, President and CEO of the New Orleans East Hospital. "I am proud to serve the people of New Orleans East, Gentilly and the Lower Nine by providing a high level of healthcare service through a healthcare system."

Restoring critical healthcare services and access to New Orleans East, Gentilly and Lower Ninth residents required a multi-phased process and public private partnerships at the federal, state and local level.

"I am pleased to join in celebrating the opening of the New Orleans East Hospital. Once again the people of New Orleans East, the 9th Ward, and Gentilly all have access to the healthcare they need and deserve," said United States Congressman Cedric Richmond. "This is an important milestone towards improving the quality of life for all our citizens as we seek to build a stronger, healthier, safer community. I commend the Hospital Service District Board and our local leaders for seeing this necessary project to completion."

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development insured a $97.6 million mortgage loan for the New Orleans East Hospital. In addition, the project received an $8.4 million FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant, $15 million in Capital Outlay Projects funding and a nearly $1 million federal grant to purchase hospital equipment and ensure the facility's completion.

Senator J.P. Morrell said, "I am pleased we were successful in accomplishing another major victory for the citizens of New Orleans. We were able to rebuild a critical asset, vital to the success of this community. This project was a great team effort on the part Mayor Landrieu, the HSD, the New Orleans City Council, the Orleans delegation and our federal partners."

"I applaud the work and dedication of Mayor Landrieu and the HSD in bringing quality healthcare back to the residents of New Orleans East, Gentilly and the Lower Nine," said State Representative Wesley Bishop. "New Orleans has come back better than before and the Orleans Delegation is proud of the work we've done at the state legislature to recovery one of America's greatest cities."



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