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  •  Edwards said why... (0+ / 0-)

    Constructing the new hospital downtown—to recognized flood-safe specifications—will enhance development of the downtown medical district, create hundreds of construction jobs for local residents and bring back health care workers to the city.

    The local newspaper stated on July 16th:

    Before the tour, he outlined a recovery plan that includes calling on the U.S. Veterans' Administration to build a new hospital downtown -- something city officials see as vital to sparking economic recovery -- and proposing a jobs program to help 50,000 Gulf Coast residents gain work skills.

    •  but why downtown? (1+ / 0-)
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      Seems to me any hospital downtown would do the same thing as sparking the economic why not locate the VA somewhere more accessible to the people who need it.  By putting it somewhere else, you could create another economic center in an area that needs it more.  As I understand it through what I've read and what I've seen personally, downtown/CBD/etc. is faring better than most other areas in metro New Orleans.  I wasn't trying to denigrate the idea of a VA hospital in New Orleans, just wondering why downtown was such a priority.

      •  Where are the people who need it living? (0+ / 0-)

        Do you know?  I can't understand why you presume that a location downtown would not be the best choice to reconstruct the hospital.

        August 21, 2007:  VA Plans to Return to Downtown

        WASHINGTON – To provide veterans in New Orleans and throughout southeastern Louisiana the high quality health care they deserve and expect, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a preferred downtown site for reconstruction of a VA Medical Center in New Orleans.

        A final decision on the downtown location won't be made until an environmental assessment is completed later this year. Nevertheless, the VA's announcement is sure to energize LSU's efforts to build a 484-bed teaching and research hospital to replace Charity and University hospitals on a 37-acre parcel adjacent to the VA site.

        Dr. Alan Miller, interim senior vice president for health sciences at Tulane University, which will train some of its residents at the new hospitals, said the project would further not only the city's "resurgence" from Hurricane Katrina, but also its "emergence" as a center for teaching, research and patient care.

        Perhaps it is best to respect the people who are actually there and engaged in the process.

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