Bids to be Sought in December
Iberville Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr. has released renderings of the new medical complex that will be built on LA Highway 1 in south Plaquemine. The facility will be operated by Ochsner Health System and will feature a free-standing emergency department and full service Ochsner health center providing primary care and specialty services.
“The drawings will be completed in November, and we expect to go out for bids on the project in December,” said Ourso. “We are looking forward to construction beginning in February 2013, and have a projected completion date of the first quarter of 2014.
The nearly 40,000 square foot facility’s emergency department will feature 24 patient exam/procedure rooms including two trauma rooms equipped to handle a range of emergencies. Ochsner’s unique Q-track system, which is used in all Ochsner emergency rooms, will be used to move patients through the emergency department faster.
In addition, local residents will have access to Ochsner physicians and services at a full service clinic within the medical facility complex. The clinic will be large enough for seven healthcare providers including three primary care physicians, one nurse practitioner or physicians’ assistant, one OB/GYN or certified nurse midwife and two rotating specialists. Other features include:
• 22 patient exam rooms
• Lab services
• Radiology services including x-ray, cat scan, MRI, ultrasound and mammography
“We have received tremendous community support for this project and we are ready to serve the residents of Iberville parish,” says Eric McMillen, Ochsner Baton Rouge Interim Chief Executive Officer. “We anticipate that between 10,000 and 12,000 patients will be served in the facility’s emergency department each year.”
“This has been a complicated and difficult project involving government agencies and a public-private partnership, but we have persevered in order to provide Iberville residents with the medical services they need and deserve,” said Ourso. “This facility will serve our community well for many years to come, and we are excited about getting the construction started.”
“We have worked closely with parish officials to determine the needs of the area and how best to serve them,” says Dawn Pevey Mauk, Ochsner Baton Rouge Chief Nursing Officer. “For example, because of its proximity to area plants we will have decontamination and emergency supplies readily available should they be needed. In addition, our helipad will be a tremendous asset in any disaster or emergency situation as it will have capacity for landing large aircraft such as military helicopters.”
The parish will use its $22 million share of the Hurricane Gustav recovery money from the Louisiana Office of Community Development to fund construction of the medical facility, along with a $3 million state appropriation to build and equip the medical facility.
Ochsner Health System, including Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge, owns and operates 7 hospitals and more than 38 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner employs more than 1,000 locally, including nearly 100 physicians. Ochsner Baton Rouge is part of Ochsner Health System, southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system.
NOTE ON RENDERINGS: Please credit Grace & Hebert Architects (GHA), the architectural firm for the project, for the renderings.