Hospitals: LSU and VA to build Center

Charity3On Monday, Louisiana State University and the Department of Veterans
Affairs announced a plan to build a new $1.2 billion medical center in New
Orleans. The hospital will probably take over the role played by historic
Charity Hospital, although no official announcement has been made yet on the
older hospital. Construction is slated for October 2008. Some doctors groups
have criticized the plan as unnecessary, arguing that damage to the first floor
and basement of the hospital could be repaired fairly easily. Others have
argued the project will be too late to help the city’s current healthcare

More controversially, the new facility will be built in a part of the city that flooded during Hurricane Katrina. Planners say
they want to prepare for the worst by building the structure 15 feet above sea
level and ensuring that the facility is stocked with enough food, water and
medicines to last a week in a crisis.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine has abanoned his effort to impose a bed tax on hospitals in the state after encountering fierce resistance. Corzine still wants to increase the state’s sales tax from six to seven percent to ease New Jersey’s fiscal crisis. But it’s looking like that probably won’t happen either. The New York Times reports:

Earlier Monday, Mr. Corzine backed away from a plan that would have
brought in $430 million by taxing hospital beds in the state, conceding
in a morning radio interview that the plan was dead. "I’ve relented on
that," Mr. Corzine said in an interview on WKXW-FM, 101.5. "There are
fights you’re going to have. That isn’t the biggest part of my budget.
And it’s out."

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In these days, hospitals play an important role in saving humans life. The government of Louisiana played a vital part in organizing new facilities.
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Political corruption and tax breaks for corruptions??? Have you read the national news lately. My point is that level failure and coastal erosion are national problems, and federal mistakes and thus require federal solutions to fixed the mistakes they caused. State political corruption has nothign to do with the Corps of engineers messing up. Louisiana cities like all other cities have building codes but there was no statewide building code. Our political incompetence did have quite alot to do with the problems that were show on the national and international scene though. Once again, if the Hoover Dam broke, who… Read more »


How do you feel about the decades of LA political corruption and tax concessions/givaways to wealthy corporations that could have been used for disaster mitigation and levee reinforcement. Maybe all that federal pork that went to connected cronies and not levee protection could have helped. Or about the fact that LA had no building codes or zoning restrictions. Not sure if they have any worth noting now. LA is sinking because the entire Mississippi is leveed and little to no flood plain erosion is keeping the delta intact. At least you admit to your own state industrial and oil environmental… Read more »


Yawn…south Louisiana is sinking because we don’t have funds for coastal erosion. It is not an inevitability. Much of the coastal erosion is due to industrial development, much of which is oil related. Lousiana’s coast is destroyed so you can have oil. Also, if we were getting the same revenue sharing that other states get for their on shore oil, then neither coastal erosion nor levee protection would be an issue right nowbecause we’d probably have something very close to the Dutch system which would have prevented this catastrophe. So please let’s spare the righteous indignity crap. Let us also… Read more »


Science Daily – January, 2000 “By the year 2100, the city of New Orleans may be extinct, submerged in water.” “….according to Dr. Chip Groat, Director of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Washington, D.C., “With the projected rate of subsidence (the natural sinking of land), wetland loss, and sea level rise,” he said, “New Orleans will likely be on the verge of extinction by this time next century.” “University of New Orleans coastal geologist Dr. Shea Penland and coastal geomorphologist Dr. Denise Reed have spent their careers (combined 40 years) figuring out exactly what is driving this catastrophic… Read more »