Photos: A first look inside University Medical Center

Photos: A first look inside University Medical Center

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - University Medical Center opens in less than two months. On Wednesday, FOX 8 cameras were permitted inside the two hospitals.

Residents and businesses nearby say they have already seeing the impact of the two hospitals under construction. They hope the opening of University Medical Center and the new VA Hospital will bring even more business to Tulane Avenue and Mid-City.

"We're hoping that it's going to boost business up a little bit more and give up the opportunity to open longer hours, hopefully back to 24 hours as we were before Katrina," said Dwana Terrance of Anita's Grill.

LSU's new teaching hospital is slated to open August 1. The 446 bed hospital is expected to create 2,000 permanent jobs once it opens.

Even before the first patient comes in for treatment, UMC is helping the neighborhood. Property values are going up and nearby restaurants see a brighter future.

"We saw a lot of people come in and buy up rental property," said Tommy Crane Realty broker Aaron Dare. "We think that trend is going to continue."

The Legislature this session budgeted all the money the hospital leaders say they need to open on time and so UMC will open up August 1.

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