Review of the FHL/RMJM Hillier report
20th June 2011 · 1 Comment
With all the financial uncertainties that have been exposed by the recent independent studies on the economic viability of the proposed new University Medical Center in New Orleans, it is the responsible course of action for Governor Jindal to finally allow exploration and analysis of all options.
We hope to take the governor at his word that “the (UMC) board shouldn’t be limited by anything LSU has done. Their job is not just to kick the tires, but to be an independent body” — and that they will fairly examine all fiscally responsible alternatives.
This includes having the nationally respected consulting firm of Kaufman Hall and Associates examine and analyze the $600,000 legislatively-charged feasibility study by the Foundation for Historical Louisiana and RMJM Hillier architects — a study that found that a new state-of-the- art 21st century medical center could be placed inside the shell of Charity hospital and that it could be done faster and cheaper than building the new facility LSU has proposed.
“In the post-Katrina era,” says FHL spokesperson Sandra Stokes, “it is time to move from politics to planning as the basis for shaping the future. By reviewing the findings of the RMJM Hillier report, Kaufman Hall will be able to determine whether the landmark hospital can be reused to best serve the health care, medical education and economic development needs of the city as a transformative, 21st century, state-of-the-art academic medical center.”
An objective analysis of the RMJM Hillier report is the responsible way to achieve this worthy goal.
– Foundation for Historical Louisiana
– Smart Growth for Louisiana
– Louisiana Landmarks Society
– Mid-City Neighborhood Association
– Lafayette Square Association
This letter originally published in the June 20, 2011 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper.