Plaquemines Medical Center Ground Breaking
August 1, 2012 - The Ground Breaking Ceremony was held for the Plaquemines Medical Center. The FEMA funded project has been long awaited for the citizens of Plaquemines Parish. Jimmy Capiello, the Director of the Hospital Board, spoke of the hard work done by the board, parish, state, and FEMA to get this project underway. “This board has worked seven days a week for six years to get the Medical Center built,” said Mr. Capiello. People’s lives have been saved because of the temporary facility here and the permanent building will insure the safety and health of upper and lower Plaquemines Parish for years to come.”
The new 44,000 square foot facility will be a multidisciplinary center and will house an emergency care center, two trauma rooms, two procedure rooms, and ten examination rooms. The building will also be able to handle procedures like CT scans and MRI’s. Among other services offered will be mental health, OBGYN, pediatric care, and eye and dental services. A lighted helicopter pad will be on the roof.
Director of Administration for the Parish, Janice Acosta, said, “It is an honor and privilege that I am here today representing President Nungesser and the Plaquemines Parish Government to share in the groundbreaking of this new state of the art medical facility. I was born at the original Port Sulphur General Hospital, in fact probably three fourths of Plaquemines Parish was born at that hospital. What an honor for me to stand here today and be a part of this historic ground breaking ceremony.”
The center is expected to be completed by January 2014.