Rendering via Cobalt Medical Development
Cobalt Medical Development, the Dallas-based private healthcare real estate development and investment company, announced in May 2014 that it would be breaking ground on a new healthcare rehabilitation facility in Mid City next to the former Lindy Boggs Medical Center.
Finally, over a year later, the company announced that they have finally broken ground on what will become a state-of-the-art medical facility to treat traumatic brain injuries, concussions, Parkinson’s Disease and other conditions.
“The city’s economy is growing. We’re experiencing tremendous job growth, while also attracting knowledge-based businesses like Cobalt Medical Development,” said Mayor Landrieu in a prepared statement. “Cobalt will create hundreds of new jobs for our residents and bring a previously blighted property back into commerce. We welcome Cobalt to New Orleans and to our growing biomedical corridor.”
According to Cobalt, construction has already generated approximately 160 jobs with its contractors. Once it is complete, the company expects the new hospital to employ nearly 180 people, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists and nursing assistants.
The 64,000 square-foot facility will house 60 inpatient beds and other inpatient and outpatient services, and it will feature hotel-like amenities. It is conveniently situated for referral to and from the city’s other medical facilities, including the new University Medical Center-Veterans Administration complex.
The first floor will consist of a full service kitchen, dining area, administration offices, materials management, loading dock, x-ray room, emergency room/department, lab, speech therapy area, lobby and a 16 bed Traumatic Brain injury unit.
The second floor will consist of 44 beds, associated support and pharmacy. The patio will include a covered trellis area with an ambulation course. The patient rooms will include small hotel-type safes as well as iPads to measure the quality of patient and guest satisfaction. Some of the patient rooms will also include built in couches and beds along the windows. The hospital will be designed to create a hotel-like experience for each patient, allowing them to receive the highest quality in rehabilitative care. The facility will open in summer of 2015.