NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A new rehabilitation center under construction in the heart of Mid-City is expected to continue the revitalization of the area while bringing in nearly 180 jobs.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined leaders from Cobalt Medical Development to announce the construction of a rehabilitation facility that will focus on helping patients recover from traumatic brain injuries and Parkinson's disease.
"These people aren't sick, they are broken and our job is to get them back into society healthy," said Richard Fiske, CEO of Cobalt. "It takes a team effort. They have to have the environment that induces them to do so."
Landrieu thinks the addition to the biomedical corridor in Mid-City is another step in the direction to rebuild the city.
"This is a part of our five-year plan with the NOLA Business Alliance, as we not only use medicine to create construction jobs or to create patient care, but to take the intellectual capital generated from the work that we've done and turn that into product so that we become a harbor of not only economic growth, but economic development, as well," Landrieu said.
The facility is expected to be completed by spring of 2016 and will employ 178 doctors, physical therapists, speech therapists, nurses and nursing assistants.