[StBernard] LRA funding for St. Bernard Parish Hospital
Westley at da-parish.com
Thu Mar 26 16:11:47 EDT 2009
...restore delivery of healthcare
services to the parish and the surrounding communities of Plaquemines
Parish, New Orleans east and the Ninth Ward.
LOL! The folks from the 9th ward will fill up those beds
before the folks from SBP get a chance!
State of Louisiana Approves $2 Million for St. Bernard Parish
BATON ROUGE, La. - The state of Louisiana has approved the release
million from a total of $35 million in recovery funds earmarked for
Bernard Parish Hospital, allowing the Parish Government to access
Community Development Block Grant funds needed to return critical
care services to
Prior to Hurricane Katrina, the citizens of St. Bernard Parish were
by a 180-bed, privately owned and operated hospital. After the
owner decided not to rebuild the destroyed medical institution -
parish without a functioning hospital.
In response, the parish created the Hospital Service District of St.
Parish, which will build a new hospital to restore delivery of
services to the parish and the surrounding communities of
Parish, New Orleans east and the Ninth Ward. In addition, the new
will help rebuild the specialty medical services sector of this
encouraging the return of residents to these communities.
The $2 million in this first approval of CDBG funds will be used to
and design the hospital and ready it for construction.
When complete, the St. Bernard
Parish Hospital will provide 32 in-patient
beds and eight ICU beds; a surgery suite with seven operating and
rooms; an imaging suite with nine rooms; an emergency services suite
eight rooms; and a pharmacy, laboratory, dietary room and
The project, located on 10 acres of land between St. Bernard Highway
East Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette, will cost a combined $58
state and federal funds, of which $35 million will be CDBG disaster
funds and $17 million will be provided through the state's Capital
program. The hospital is designed so that additional rooms and
be added in the future as the area's population grows.
LRA Executive Director Paul Rainwater said, "The healthcare systems
parts of our state hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina are struggling
recover in the face of staggering obstacles: destroyed
facilities, loss of
medical personnel and insufficient capital. We can't expect to
communities without replacing the infrastructure that supports our
Supplying ready access to medical care is a primary recovery need,
pleased that state and federal recovery dollars are being spent on a
hospital in St. Bernard Parish."
St. Bernard Parish President Craig P. Taffaro Jr. said, "This new
full-service hospital located in the heart of the parish will
healthcare delivery system that's needed to serve St. Bernard Parish
adjacent communities. This is an urgent need, as residents now must
to distant health facilities in adjoining parishes to receive
The funding comes from the Long Term Community Recovery Program, a
federal CDBG money set aside by the Louisiana Recovery Authority and
of Community Development to
help local governments rebuild and implement
long-term recovery plans.
The state's LTCR program supports implementation of local
long-term recovery plans in the most heavily impacted communities in
state. In 2008, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
approved LRA's request to reallocate $500 million in CDBG dollars to
program, bringing to $700 million the total amount of long-term
funding available to the parishes. Funds are distributed among the
through the LRA/Office of Community Development according to a
on estimated housing and infrastructure damages inflicted by
Katrina and Rita.
In total, the LRA has allocated $91,185,319 of CDBG funding to St.
Parish Government for LTCR projects.
Created in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita in
the Louisiana Recovery
Authority (LRA) is the coordinating and planning body
leading the most extensive rebuilding effort in American history.
central point for hurricane recovery in Louisiana, the LRA works
with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency
(GOHSEP) and partners with state and federal agencies to oversee
$20 billion worth of programs, speed the pace of rebuilding, remove
and red tape and ensure that Louisiana recovers safer and stronger
For more information about the LRA and its 17-member board, visit
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