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Ruth's Hospitality Group Inc. donates Broad Street building to Tulane
Date:7/10/2009

e spirit as we rebuild New Orleans health care," says Tulane University President Scott Cowen. "The donation of this building will allow us to move forward with a new, larger community health center that will serve more patients and improve the health and well-being of residents in a community still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Katrina."

The 9,200 square-foot building and property was appraised at $600,000 in 2006. Tulane will relocate its Tulane Community Health Center at Covenant House to the larger and more accessible site at 711 N. Broad St., the heart of the neighborhoods where most of the existing clinic's patients live. The new center will have more than double the space of the current facility, allowing doctors to accommodate more patients and offer expanded adult and pediatric services to treat entire families.

"Tulane's neighborhood-based healthcare initiatives are focused on meeting the needs of residents in neighborhoods severely damaged by flooding from Hurricane Katrina, particularly those who are uninsured without other options," says Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Tulane University vice dean for Community Affairs and Health Policy. "Tulane moved forward with this initiative in the first weeks following the storm. Every aspect of the community and its leadership are involved to ensure that these patient-centered community medical homes provide the services neighborhoods need to heal both physically and mentally."

Tulane currently serves nearly 900 patients from the Treme, Mid-City and surrounding areas at its existing Covenant House site, which opened in September 2005. The new health center will have a capacity to serve more than 1,200 patients per month and will offer primary care to all ages, mental and behavioral health services, geriatrics care and reproductive health services. The Ruth U. Fertel /Tulane Community Health Center will also be more convenient for patients, as the facility has parking for up to 50 vehicl
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Contact: Keith Brannon
kbrannon@tulane.edu
504-862-8789
Tulane University
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