University Medical Center New Orleans officially opens in Crescent City’s BioDistrict


THEY ARE STILL INVESTIGATING WHAT LED UP TO THE SHOOTING. NO SUSPECTS HAVE BEEN NAMED. MORE THAN FOUR YEARS AFTER OFFICIALS BROKE GROUND ON THE NEW UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, THE HOSPITAL OFFICIALLY OPENED TO THE PUBLIC TODAY. ANDY CUNNINGHAM WAS THERE AS A NEW CHAPTER OF HEALTH CARE IN NEW ORLEANS HAS BEGUN. REPORTER: FOR SOME, THEY DID NOT KNOW EXACTLY WHEN THIS DAY WOULD COME, BUT IT IS FINALLY HERE. THE DOORS TO THE NEW $1.1 BILLION UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER ARE NOW OPEN. ITS SIZE ALONE IT, IMPRESSIVE. THE ANCHOR TO THE CITY’S MEDICAL CORRIDOR BEING CALLED THE BIO DISTRICT. I THINK ALL THE GOALS THAT WANTED TO BE MET WERE MET WITH THIS NEW FACILITY. REPORTER: OUR MEDICAL EDITOR, COREY HEBERT, IT’S THAT IT’S NOT JUST A GAME CHANGER FOR HEALTH CARE IN NEW ORLEANS BUT FOR THE ENTIRE REGION. THIS PLACE IS BAR NONE THE BEST PLACE IN THE REGION. REPORTER: BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON, MEDICAL STAFF HAD RELOCATED THE LAST OF THE PATIENTS FROM INTERIM LSU HOSPITAL TO THE NEW UMC. THIS BUILDING IS BEAUTIFUL. REPORTER: LIKE THIS CANCER SURVIVOR FROM BATON ROUGE. SHE BEGIN THE FIRST PATIENT MOVED INTO THE NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY. I FELT SPECIAL. REPORTER: THE HOSPITAL INCLUDES 60 BEHAVIORAL HEALTH BEDS WITH 2000 FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES. INSPIRED BY THE CRESCENT CITY’S RICH HISTORY AND CULTURE WHICH — WITH BEAUTIFULLY INSPIRED ARTWORK HONORING THE PAST WHILE CELEBRATING THE FUTURE. THIS IS EVERYTHING WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO BE PACESETTERS FOR HEALTH IN OUR COUNTRY. GINA: PRETTY IMPRESSIVE. THE OLD UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL BUILDING IS OWNED BY THE STATE AND IT IS UNCLEAR WHAT WILL TAKE ITS PLACE.

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