Technical assistance for a new post-Katrina safety net medical center designed to improve health care

Louisiana State University Health Care Services Division (HCSD) is an eight-hospital system that, with its partners, is the largest health care provider in Louisiana. HCSD acts as a statewide safety net system in caring for the uninsured and provides training opportunities for future health professionals. Hurricane Katrina has caused HCSD to lose the use of the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans (MCLNO), its flagship tertiary care facility and Level 1 trauma center. Prior to Katrina, MCLNO provided more than 90 percent of the uninsured care in New Orleans, while serving Louisiana State University and Tulane Health Sciences Centers as their teaching hospital. The closure of this hospital has put a great strain on uninsured and indigent care in New Orleans, an area with a 23.5 percent uninsured rate. The loss of the MCLNO facilities has had a ripple effect on health care across the state. Pre-Katrina, MCLNO was the largest provider of tertiary and specialty care in the southern two-thirds of Louisiana and provided the only Level 1 trauma center in the New Orleans area. This grant provides support for the technical assistance needed to plan and develop a new academic medical center committed to being the area's safety net and constructed using evidence-based design principles demonstrated to improve quality in health care. The key deliverable will be a completed, approved facility design plan for a top-quality hospital environment that fosters effective and efficient patient care through the use of evidence-based hospital design best practices. Creation of such a hospital will improve the health care of individuals in the region and advance our strategy of providing support for communities, organizations, and people impacted or displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $1,242,384.00

Awarded on: 4/30/2007

Time frame: 6/1/2007 - 6/30/2011

Grant Number: 59929


Medical Center of Louisiana Foundation

1541 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, 70112-2821


Peter Deblieux
Project Director