PLAQUEMINE — Iberville Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso informed the Council Tuesday night that he wasn’t pleased with some of the construction work being done on a $20 million medical facility and will conduct another walk-through inspection before he signs off on the project’s completion.
But Ourso’s displeasure with some of the “finishing touches” on the medical complex, under construction on a 27-acre site off La. 1 near Senator Gay Boulevard in Plaquemine, shouldn’t delay the project’s completion date or jack up building costs, he said.
“I have to make sure things are the way they need to be to be up to our standards,” Ourso said after the council’s regular meeting Tuesday night.
Ourso didn’t go into specific details about his complaints about the project’s construction, but said he questioned the quality of some of the materials the contractor used on the facility.
“I’m not really impressed with some of the craftsmanship that went into it,” he told the council. “We do have a quality contractor. It’s a fine building out there. Something you’ll be proud of. But they have a lot of work to do at that building before it’s finished.”
Ourso said he intends to do a thorough inspection with building officials in mid November. Officials have previously said the complex’s construction should be done by early December.
The facility, designed by Grace & Hebert Architects, will feature 24 patient exam/procedure rooms, two of which can be used to treat trauma. There will also be lab and radiology services, such as X-ray, CAT scan, MRI, ultrasound and mammography.
The complex, which will be managed by Ochsner, will have seven health care providers, including three primary care physicians, a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant, and an OB-GYN or certified nurse midwife. There will also be two rotating specialists on site at the clinic and a free-standing emergency center that officials said will be able to immediately treat any emergency needs of the parish’s many chemical and industrial plants.
The complex also will have a helipad with the capacity to land large aircraft such as military helicopters during emergencies.
Officials anticipate serving between 10,000 to 12,000 patients annually in its ER facility.
The parish has been without a hospital since 2008, after River West Medical Center was forced to close because it was severely damaged during Hurricane Gustav.
Iberville is using its share of $22 million in hurricane recovery funds from the Louisiana Office of Community Development to build the facility.
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