New Or­leans’ Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter wins ap­proval

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Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to be­gin within weeks on a $1.1 bil­lion re­search and teach­ing hos­pi­tal in New Or­leans to re­place the hur­ri­cane-wrecked Char­ity Hos­pi­tal. The plan won ap­proval from the Joint Leg­isla­tive Com­mit­tee on the Bud­get, which was the last sig­nif­i­cant hur­dle stalling the hos­pi­tal and marked the end of years of wran­gling be­tween the Leg­is­la­ture, the gov­er­nor’s of­fice and Louisiana State Univer­sity over the size and scope of the fa­cil­ity. The hos­pi­tal, ex­pected to open in 2015, has been on the draw­ing board for six years, since Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina flooded and shut­tered the 1930s-era Char­ity Hos­pi­tal. Gov. Bobby Jin­dal sup­ported the lat­est con­struc­tion plan for the new 424bed pub­lic hos­pi­tal that won’t re­quire state-backed bor­row­ing, which had be­come a key stum­bling block for get­ting leg­isla­tive sup­port. The new busi­ness plan for the Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter in­cludes a mix of al­ready-ear­marked state fi­nanc­ing, fed­eral hur­ri­cane re­cov­ery funds and third-party dol­lars. It con­tains some un­cer­tain­ties, how­ever. The busi­ness plan as­sumes $156 mil­lion more in fed­eral hur­ri­cane re­cov­ery fund­ing than the state has in hand.

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