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Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System


Project Legacy Design

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Project Legacy Design - A Vision of Excellence 


View of main entrance
Rendering of the new VA Medical Center's outpatient facilities and main entrance court.

The Project Legacy vision was born from the ashes – or the mud – of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina when Congress appropriated funds for a replacement medical center in 2006. In 2007 a design team was chosen and in 2008 a site was selected in the Mid-City area of New Orleans.

Currently, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS) works with community providers and other VA Medical Centers to coordinate inpatient and some specialty outpatient care. Simultaneously, "Project Legacy," the design and construction of the new Medical Center, is underway. The replacement Medical Center in New Orleans will serve current and future Veterans – some of whom have yet to be born.

Since Hurricane Katrina rendered the old Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in New Orleans inoperable, SLVHCS has adapted by opening five new community-based outpatient clinics. The new clinics brought outpatient care closer to Veterans; fully 90% of Veterans now live within 30 minutes of primary care and mental health services.

As a model for health care of the future, the VA Medical Center will set the standards for patient-centered care, flexibility, and sustainability. The new Medical Center will respect New Orleans' neighborhoods, authentically reflect the culture of the region and be the cornerstone for the emerging biosciences industry in New Orleans. The site is bordered on the west by South Rocheblave Street; on the south by Tulane Avenue; on the east by South Galvez Street; and on the north by Canal Street.

Progress on the replacement Medical Center remains on track with construction completion in late 2016.