CEO: Ochsner Iberville to open Dec. 1

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PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) — Hospital officials say the new $20 million Ochsner Iberville Medical Complex will be open for business on Dec. 1.

Located just south of town on a 27-acre site off La. 1, The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1jCJpyi ) the building is more than 60 percent complete.

Ochsner's CEO, Eric McMillen, told the Iberville Parish Council Tuesday night, the clinic will feature a free-standing 24/7 emergency department with 20 patient exam/procedure rooms. McMillen says officials anticipate seeing 10,000 to 12,000 emergency patients a year. He says two trauma rooms and a segregated decontamination unit are included in the clinic, because of the nearby chemical plants.

"We employ a lot of folks from this area already," McMillen said of its Baton Rouge facility. Ochsner already has a women's clinic in Plaquemine featuring seven gynecologists and six certified midwives and also has an eye care facility, he said.

Matthew H. Jewell, council president, said afterward that they were all pleased with the report and the clinic's progress.

"We are very excited," Jewell said. He recently toured the sprawling building and added, "It's beautiful — it will be a great asset to Iberville Parish."

The parish is using its share of $22 million in hurricane recovery funds from the Louisiana Office of Community Development to build the facility. Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr. said in his report that he anticipates having all that paperwork completed and will call a special meeting in the summer to explain it. The council voted to approve a resolution giving Ourso authority to sign it.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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