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LCMC Health investing $400 million in growth and expansion across system

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Patients of all ages are being cared for by physicians at LCMC Health’s new Ridgelake Health Center. Located at the corner of Causeway Boulevard and Ridgelake Drive in the heart of Metairie, the health center is the first integrated location for LCMC Health, combining medical services from Children’s Hospital, Touro, and West Jefferson Medical Center.

The newly constructed health center is an integral part of a larger investment in growth and expansion underway at LCMC Health. The organization is currently investing more than $400 million in new, expanded, or renovated assets across the five-hospital system.

“Our vision is not just about expanding our bricks and mortar footprint, but more importantly about the communities we serve,” said Greg Feirn, Chief Executive Officer, LCMC Health. “This new Ridgelake Health Center allows us to reach more patients where they are from pediatrics to adult care, as access is key in delivering healthcare with a focus on quality, comfort, and convenience.”

In 2018, LCMC Health added four Urgent Care locations and four Primary Care clinics and acquired new pediatric clinics across the region, including the Northshore.

The LCMC Health Ridgelake Health Center, a design-build by the McDonnel Group costing $30 million, includes 48,000 square feet of medical space across four floors. The second floor consists of Children’s Hospital’s specialty pediatric physicians. Touro’s Crescent City Physicians will offer multi-specialty adult practices including Primary Care, Cardiology, Urology, General Surgery, and Obstetrics/Gynecology on the third floor. Crescent City Physicians’ Oncology and Infusion Center is in operation on the complex’s fourth floor. In the summer, West Jefferson Medical Center will open an Imaging Center on the building’s ground floor.

Among the major projects underway is the continued transformation of the main Children’s Hospital campus. Milestones in 2018 in this $300 million expansion were the completion of a parking garage and sky bridge, the opening of the Lauricella Pavilion, and the addition of the Hogs House Family Housing. The newly constructed Behavioral Health Center on the LCMC State Street campus, comprising 73,000 square feet is scheduled for completion in Fall 2019. Renovations are also scheduled for the Pediatric Cardiac ICU, Emergency Care, Surgical Services, a comprehensive Cancer Center, and a new entry plaza.

Another notable campus renovation has begun at West Jefferson Medical Center, Phase 1 of a capital commitment of $352 million over 15 years. The current $75 million renovation includes a completely remodeled Emergency Room and an expansion of the Ambulatory Surgery Center.

University Medical Center New Orleans (UMC) continues to add to its service lines, opening in 2018 a Level 1 Burn Center. The construction of a new Ambulatory Surgery Center is slated to begin in early 2019, as UMC continues to focus on quality, accessible healthcare for the entire community.

To learn more about the growth and expansion of locations within the LCMC Health system, click here.