New Orleans, La. - City officials welcomed the opening of St. Margaret's Nursing home on Tuesday, breathing new life into an area that was an eyesore in the Mid-City neighborhood for years. The nursing home occupies the site of the old Lindy Boggs Medical Center, which sat abandoned following Hurricane Katrina.
Phase I of the $37 million redevelopment of the former Mercy Hospital in Mid-City encompasses 115,000 sq. ft. of community living space. Nursing home administrators say the facility addresses a critical community health-care need. St. Margaret's community center will be able to accommodate 116 residents in a home-like environment.
"St. Margaret's community is geared to older individuals who appreciate living independently within a lively community, but who would also like occasional help with daily challenges, including housekeeping, cooking and maintenance," states Larry Stansberry, CEO of St. Margaret's. "The concept grew out of a need for greater care our aging population that wants to remain in their own communities."
One "neighborhood" in the community is the Team Gleason House of Innovative Living, the world's second vent-ready household dedicated to care of people with ALS and MS.