(MODERNHEALTHCARE) — Ten years after the levees and floodwalls broke during Hurricane Katrina and flooded New Orleans, the city finally has a full-scale hospital again.
The new 2.3 million-square-foot University Medical Center New Orleans opened Saturday morning, built with $1.1 billion of federal, state and private rebuilding money. Ambulances and medical staff began the transfer of 131 patients into the new hospital for its first day of operations. Orchestrating the move required closing down streets as ambulances take patients into the facility.
In addition, the system's 2,000-strong staff of doctors, specialists, nurses and office workers will move in too.
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Since Katrina's floodwaters devastated the city in 2005, medical services have been scattered. The opening of the UMC complex — an artfully designed state-of-the-art hospital — signals a return to top-notch medical care.