(CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL) – For almost 60 years Children’s Hospital has served the healthcare needs of the children of this state and treats more than 60,000 children annually. Mental health represents an important part of these services, which is provided on our Calhoun Campus, formally DePaul Hospital, where mental health services have been provided for more than 160 years. After Hurricane Katrina, Children’s Hospital purchased and renovated the property and will continue to address and expand mental health services on this campus.
Currently Children’s Hospital has more than 240,000 patient visits annually on our main campus. And the adjoining NOAH property is vitally needed to accommodate our growing demand. Children’s Hospital recently leased the NOAH campus, which affords us the opportunity to continue negotiations with the state to purchase the property.
We have been having ongoing conversations with Rep. Neil Abramson and recently met with him and other members of the New Orleans delegation. We articulated the hospital’s position that relocating mental health services from the Calhoun Campus to the deteriorated NOAH campus would not be economically feasible. We will continue to provide mental health services on the Calhoun Campus.
We are puzzled that Rep. Abramson would make a public announcement without consultation with our leadership. We hope that will meet with us shortly to explain the reasons for his announcement.