UMC New Orleans Exterior Shot

Designed around lessons learned during Hurricane Katrina, all critical functions of University Medical Center New Orleans are located at least 21 feet above base flood elevation. With storm-resistant technology and emergency electrical backup power, UMC New Orleans is capable of withstanding the impacts of a major hurricane, including the force of a 2x4 hitting the exterior at 200 miles per hour, while still remaining in operation for up to a week with virtually no outside support or backup supplies. (Photo credit: NBBJ/Sean Airhart)

UMC New Orleans Operating Room

The new University Medical Center New Orleans includes cutting edge technology such as DaVinci Robotic Surgery simulator training, advanced diagnostic tools including DigitalDiagnost, Digital PET/CT, Diagnostic Radiography/Fluoroscopy, Cardiac MRE, Intellispace Portal and Brilliance iCT. (Photo credit: NBBJ/Benjamin Benschneider)

UMC New Orleans Medical Staff

University Medical Center New Orleans is Louisiana’s largest teaching hospital and training facility for many of the state’s physicians, nurses and allied health professionals, playing an integral role in shaping the future of healthcare for the Gulf Coast region. UMC New Orleans serves as a key partner of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, Tulane University School of Medicine and other academic institutions. (Photo credit: UMC New Orleans)

University Medical Center New Orleans Celebrates Dedication

Leaders Come Together to Praise Transformation of $1.1 Billion Medical Complex

Hundreds of community members, industry professionals, business leaders and elected officials congregated this afternoon to celebrate the dedication of University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans. UMC New Orleans, located in the heart of New Orleans’ BioDistrict, opened Aug. 1 and serves as a key center for quality, patient-centered healthcare, academic training and research.

“This is an exciting and pivotal moment for healthcare in New Orleans,” said Gregory C. Feirn, CEO of LCMC Health. “With the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina commemorated this week, the nation’s attention has been on this city and even on this institution. UMC New Orleans is a story of resilience and a symbol of rebirth. Together, we have reimagined what could and should be, instead of what once was. It took leadership, perseverance, many partnerships and 10 years to bring us to this moment.”

UMC New Orleans offers comprehensive primary care and specialty care, cutting-edge research and the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. Home to the Avery C. Alexander Academic Research Hospital, UMC New Orleans has a capacity for 446 beds, including 60 behavioral health beds. As the state’s largest teaching hospital and training facility for many of the state’s physicians, nurses and allied health professionals, UMC New Orleans plays an integral role in shaping the future of healthcare for the region. It serves as a key partner of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, Tulane University School of Medicine and other academic institutions.

"Since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, we’ve worked diligently to rebuild a stronger, more resilient Louisiana,” stated Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. “One of the integral parts of that process was the move to completely revamp our healthcare system with a new, more modern model of care. UMC New Orleans represents another shining example of the high-quality care, innovative research and exceptional resources that have risen from our public-private partnerships in Louisiana. This $1.1 billion medical complex will use innovative technology to care for our citizens while creating thousands of great new jobs for our people. I’m proud to be a part of such a remarkable project because it truly represents how far we’ve come as a state since the storms."

Speakers who joined Feirn and Governor Jindal for the celebration included New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Acting Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Karen DeSalvo, State Senator David Heitmeier, State Senator Karen Carter Peterson, State Representative Walt Leger, State Representative Helena Moreno, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert and New Orleans City Councilmember LaToya Cantrell; who praised the medical center for its transformation of Mid-City New Orleans, job creation and its focus on making New Orleans a medical tourism destination.

“Over the last ten years, we have transformed the healthcare delivery system in New Orleans with neighborhood clinics and massive investments in state-of-the-art hospitals,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Today, I am thrilled to see the University Medical Center project come to fruition. This is another facility that will offer exceptional quality patient care for the people of our great city, and create thousands of new jobs for people in the neighborhood - everything from doctors and technicians to nurses and administrators. The biomedical corridor in New Orleans is continuing to grow, positioning the city as a laboratory for research and innovation.”

UMC New Orleans, which created thousands of construction jobs throughout the build, currently employs more than 2,100. Hundreds of additional full-time positions are expected to be created in the next few years. In addition to the direct jobs created by UMC New Orleans, the medical hub serves as a catalyst, spurring economic development in the area and attracting new retailers to the neighborhood.

LCMC Health, which operates Children’s Hospital, Touro, New Orleans East Hospital and, soon, West Jefferson Medical Center, entered into a public-private partnership with the state in 2013. Interim LSU Hospital, UMC New Orleans’ predecessor, is closed and new patients are now being accepted solely at UMC New Orleans.

For more information about UMC New Orleans and LCMC Health, visit www.umcno.org and www.lcmchealth.org, respectively.

About University Medical Center New Orleans

University Medical Center New Orleans is the academic medical center of LCMC Health, a Louisiana-based, not-for-profit health system. UMC New Orleans encompasses a 2.3 million square foot campus anchoring the developing biomedical district. With a capacity for 446 beds, including 60 behavioral health beds, UMC New Orleans offers comprehensive primary care and specialty care, cutting edge research and the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. As the state’s largest teaching hospital and training facility for many of the state’s physicians, nurses and allied health professionals, UMC New Orleans plays an integral role in shaping the future of healthcare for the region. It serves as a key partner of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, Tulane University School of Medicine and other academic institutions.

UMC New Orleans was conceptualized, built and funded by the state of Louisiana. It is leased and managed by LCMC Health, which also manages Children’s Hospital, Touro and New Orleans East Hospital.

University Medical Center New Orleans offers comprehensive primary care and specialty care, cutting edge research and the Southeast Louisiana's only Level 1 Trauma Center. Home to the Avery C. Alexander Academic Research Hospital, UMC New Orleans has a capacity for 446 beds, including 60 behavioral health beds.

Contact Us

For University Medical Center New Orleans
Katie Fauquier, 504-949-3999 ext. 222
kfauquier@deveney.com
or
Siona LaFrance, 504-702-3769
Siona.LaFrance@lcmchealth.org

UMC New Orleans Courtyard

University Medical Center New Orleans, a $1.1 billion facility, was built by over 15,000 individual workers who logged approximately 6.5 million hours on the job — equivalent to 1,042 full time employees over the past three years. These jobs along with UMC New Orleans’ 2,100 employees and 600 faculty physicians provide a strong base for economic development in BioDistrict of New Orleans. (Photo credit: NBBJ/Benjamin Benschneider)

UMC New Orleans Patient Room

The $1.1 billion University Medical Center New Orleans is designed to create a healing environment and patient-centered experience. Patient rooms feature large windows, ample space for visitors and wall patterns that evoke New Orleans ironwork. The grounds feature vibrant landscaping, a reflecting pool and numerous seating areas, offering visitors peaceful surroundings. (Photo credit: NBBJ/Benjamin Benschneider)