Posted: Dec 13, 2009 6:23 PM by press release
Landrieu Secures $1M for Hospital in New Orleans East
Funds included in omnibus appropriations bill passed by the Senate.
WASHINGTON - Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that $1 million for a hospital in New Orleans East was included in the omnibus appropriations bill that passed the Senate by a vote of xx-xx. The funds were part of the money allocated for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.
In total, the omnibus appropriations bill includes $45.9 million for Louisiana projects secured by Sen. Landrieu. Millions more were leveraged through key legislative provisions and competitive grant programs included in the bill. The bill now heads to President Obama to be signed into law.
"Today, almost four years after the hurricane there are 113,000 residents in New Orleans East with no operating hospitals in that area," said Landrieu. "Not only will a new hospital serve the current residents of New Orleans East and a portion of the adjacent St. Bernard Parish, but it will also help draw more citizens back to the area and spur local economic activity in the surrounding area."
Prior to Hurricane Katrina, Methodist Hospital operated in New Orleans East, and was a viable, successful acute healthcare service provider. Lakeland Hospital, an adjunct facility operated by Universal Hospital Services, offered physical rehabilitation care and a small outpatient surgery center. Today, Methodist Hospital stands abandoned, creating blight and a constant reminder of the lack of a hospital to serve the community.
The results of a recent feasibility study determined that an 80-bed acute care hospital can successfully operate in New Orleans East to service the needs of a population of approximately 113,000 current residents.