Photos: Groundbreaking ceremony for New Orleans East Hospital


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The city broke ground today on the $130 million New Orleans Hospital at 5620 Read Blvd., the site of Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. Methodist was damaged in 2005 resulting from Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods and has since been closed.

"I made a commitment when I was running for mayor of New Orleans that we would rebuild New Orleans East, that everyone knew how important it was and that one of the most iconic symbols of New Orleans East would be rebuilt. And that was Methodist Hospital," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

New Orleans East Hospital — funded with more than $100 million in federal loans and grants, plus millions in private donations — will be the city's only full-service hospital east of the Industrial Canal when it's completed. The hospital is set to open later this year.

"I'm a resident of New Orleans East so I know what this means," said Ronald Burns, chairman of the Orleans Hospital Service District A Board of Directors. "This brings us one step closer to a health care system, not just a hospital, a system."

(Groundbreaking photos and some information from a city press release after the jump)

Archbishop Gregory Aymond opens the ceremony with a prayer
  • Archbishop Gregory Aymond opens the ceremony with a prayer

City Councilman James Gray, who represents eastern New Orleans, speaks before the groundbreaking
  • City Councilman James Gray, who represents eastern New Orleans, speaks before the groundbreaking

The crowd at the ceremony
  • The crowd at the ceremony

Landrieu takes the first shovel
  • Landrieu takes the first shovel


From a city press release:

The 16+ acre site owned by the Hospital Service District is being redeveloped with renovation of the existing 6-Story East Tower. The new construction will include a 71,700 square foot Patient Care Pavilion that will accommodate an emergency department, imaging and surgical suites and laboratory. The renovated 133,640 square foot existing East Tower will accommodate the Hospital’s lobby, cafeteria, chapel, and administrative offices. Patient rooms will also be located in the renovated East Tower along with the intensive care unit, diagnostic testing, pre and post operating and recovery, clinical lab and the hospital’s pharmacy.

Major progress has been made towards the building of the new hospital. Since last year, $26 million in new funds has been acquired for the hospital. Earlier this year, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development approved a HUD 242 Loan Guaranty. Design drawings for the facility have been completed and construction documents have been developed. Renderings for the hospital are attached.

In November of 2012, the demolition and removal of portions of the existing hospital complex began. DURR Heavy Construction, LLC is performing the demolition of the existing structure, which primarily includes buildings located on the west side of the complex. These buildings consist of one, two, three and six story buildings originally built in 1967. The demolition scope also includes removal of interior components in the East Tower. The General Contractor on the project is the Lemoine Company.

New Orleans East Hospital Funding:

Community Development Block Grants: $49,802,733.05
Health Resources and Services Administration: $990,000
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: $50,000
Federal Emergency Management Agency: $8,394,305
FHA 242 Insured Loan: $97,604,300
Capital Outlay: $15,120,000
Johnson & Johnson Foundation: $1,000,000
Daughters of Charity: $2,000,000
City of New Orleans: $3,000,000
Since 2010, the City of New Orleans and the HSD have accomplished many milestones in the quest to complete this project:

—Appointed new board members to the Hospital Service District Board (HSD).
—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, Construction Management Team, General Counsel, Accountant, Auditor, Architect, and Engineering and Remediation Firms.
—Released 2 invitations for bids for public works projects.
—Hired an Executive Director, with administrative support, to manage the HSD.
—Completed demolition of two blighted buildings on the hospital campus, the former Ambulatory Surgery Center and Cancer Center, to allow for site preparation on the hospital campus.


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