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VA and Louisiana State University Announce Site Selections for New Orleans Medical Center Projects
Date:11/25/2008

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a public event held today in New Orleans, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the State of Louisiana jointly announced the selection of adjacent downtown sites for construction of their replacement medical center projects. The two projects, called the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Louisiana State University Academic Medical Center, restore greatly needed health care capability lost in New Orleans during flooding after Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005.

"Restoring a full capability medical center for our veterans in New Orleans and southeastern Louisiana is one of the Secretary's highest priorities," said Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Gordon H. Mansfield. "Site selection is a key milestone in the project delivery process."

"VA selected the downtown site because it offers the best solution for our veterans, today and into the future," Mansfield added. "The site, located within a robust medical district with affiliate health care teaching universities, promotes long term operational synergy and efficiency. The selected site aligns with the City of New Orleans and State of Louisiana Hurricane Katrina recovery and redevelopment plans."

An agreement between VA and the City of New Orleans obligates the city to acquire the land for the new facility, prepare the site for construction and turn over the site to VA within one year.

"I understand this site selection creates near term impact on the directly affected and surrounding neighborhoods," Mansfield continued. "We have been working cooperatively with federal, state, city and neighborhood partners to develop a robust package of treatment measures to mitigate the negative impacts and invest in new local opportunities."

"Constructing this state-of-the-art medical complex near downtown New Orleans follows through on the Administra
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