9th Jan

2014

Iberville Hospital Reconstruction
Hospital Construction

Iberville Hospital Construction

Brand new construction on Iberville Parish’s twenty million dollar medical facility nears 30 percent completion.  Estimates are confident that residents can once again receive appropriate health care by early 2014.

Even due to adverse weather conditions, progress is scheduled to be completed on time.

This 43,000-square-foot construction project began in June on a 27-acre site off La. 1 near Senator Gay Boulevard.

Grace & Hebert Architects designed this facility, and will be operated by Ochsner Health System.  It will feature 24 patient exam and procedure rooms, two trauma rooms, and lab/radiology services that will include X-ray, CAT scan, MRI, ultrasound and mammography.

Seven health care providers will be included in this facility, including three primary care physicians, a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant, an OB-GYN or certified nurse midwife and two rotating specialists on site.  The clinic will provide a free-standing emergency center as well.

The helipad will also provide access to large aircrafts including military necessities.

Twenty two million dollars in hurricane recovery funds from the Louisiana Office of Community Development will be used to build the facility.

Without a hospital facility in this parish since 2008, this construction will deliver health benefits to many after River West Medical Center was forced to close because it was severely damaged during Hurricane Gustav.

Residents of Iberville Parish have had no easily accessible hospital services since the damage of Hurricane Gustav.  Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso believes this will have a large impact on local health and accessibility to necessary medical emergencies.

There has been an enormous amount of coordination among the project’s architects, engineers and consultants to maintain the construction deadline.

Every phase of the building process is being reviewed by outside third-party engineers, to ensure the complex’s original design is being completed as expected.

With allocated budget, it is insured that the citizens can have the best medical accommodations possible.  Since the new construction is being built on agricultural land, it is ensured that there is a proper and solid foundation in place.  This includes almost 1,000 hybrid timber and concrete pilings built into the ground to achieve proper support for the new structure.  Soil conditions were considered for the most stable result.

 After opening a women’s health and prenatal care clinic in March, Ochsner got a glimpse of the parish’s need for this new medical complex.

The existing women’s health and prenatal care clinic, located on Plaza Drive in Plaquemine will be combined into the new medical complex once construction is completed.

With the services currently provided, there have been a great amount of satisfied patients; mostly through the women’s care facilities.  With the new construction, we will be able to expand all medical services to the entire community.

 

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