St. Tammany Well being System constructing $75M surgical procedure middle as north shore medical growth continues | One Tammany

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St. Tammany Well being System has damaged floor on a $75 million outpatient surgical procedure middle that may open in the summertime of 2024, the newest enlargement for the general public, not-for-profit hospital.

The 126,000-square-foot middle south of Covington could have 12 surgical suites in addition to help companies that embody pre- and post-operative care. It would increase same-day surgical procedure capabilities on the north shore, in accordance with a hospital information launch.

Financial driver

The brand new challenge is one in every of two giant public hospital expansions, one in every of both facet of St. Tammany Parish, as well being care continues to be a rising financial sector on the north shore.

St. Tammany Company, the parish’s financial improvement company, pegs well being care as a $1.1 billion business in St. Tammany’s $12.2 billion financial system and the main business by way of jobs, with 14,389. Furthermore, the sector has proven 26% job development within the final decade.

Sharon Toups, St. Tammany Well being System chief working officer, stated Thursday that the brand new surgical procedure middle will liberate the primary hospital in Covington to carry out an elevated variety of extra advanced surgical procedures. The sorts of procedures that might be carried out on the new middle will embody some OB-Gyn surgical procedures, reminiscent of hysterectomies; orthopedic surgical procedures, together with complete knee replacements; and a few ENT instances.


Joan Coffman, CEO of St. Tammany Well being System, speaks on the ground-breaking of a $75 million ambulatory surgical procedure middle on Nov. 2, 2022. 

The challenge was first introduced a yr in the past. In accordance with the hospital, it meets a strategic aim to benefit from developments in know-how and recruitment of specialists in order that surgical procedures that may be carried out throughout a 23-hour keep.

The middle adjoining to the Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion at 16300 Louisiana 1085 could have in a single day keep beds, surgical sterilization, imaging, lab, pharmacy, rehabilitation, meals service, environmental and different companies.

The challenge follows two different giant expansions for St. Tammany Well being System that had been accomplished in 2021, a four-story affected person tower on the hospital’s major campus and a most cancers middle on the campus of Ochsner Medical Middle.

The overall price of the affected person tower challenge, which included a brand new parking zone and renovations, was $100 million. The worth tag for the most cancers middle was $50 million.

Renovation of area in the primary hospital that was freed up by the enlargement can be underneath approach, Toups stated. The ultimate section of the neonatal intensive care unit and New Household Middle, which is able to occupy the third ground of the brand new constructing, might be full inside just a few weeks.

A two-story help constructing enlargement is about 50% full, Toups stated, and the hospital hopes to maneuver into its new Central Sterile Division, the place the outdated administrative area was beforehand situated, in December.

The total renovation challenge, which is being dealt with by Woodward Development, might be full by the top of 2023.  The fourth ground of the brand new constructing stays a shell however will ultimately be used for added affected person beds.

Slidell Memorial addition

On the opposite facet of the parish, Slidell Memorial Hospital will break floor this month on a $50 million, three-story hospital addition, known as the Surgical Companies and Affected person Care Tower.

Slidell Memorial Hospital expansion

Artist rendering of a proposed new constructing on the Slidell Memorial Hospital campus.

The constructing is the most important enlargement on Slidell Memorial’s major campus, spokesperson Jennifer Berger stated, and funding is available in half from a $23 million bond difficulty authorised by voters final yr for the general public, not-for-profit hospital.

DonahueFavret Contractors Inc. is the overall contractor for the constructing, which is able to home a brand new set of working suites, an extra Intensive Care Unit and an inpatient unit with personal rooms that may be switched to unfavorable stress to assist deal with sufferers with airborne viruses, reminiscent of COVID-19.