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Ochsner announces $360 million to Jefferson Hwy. campus

Artist rendering of teh new Ochsner expansion. (Source: Ochsner) Artist rendering of teh new Ochsner expansion. (Source: Ochsner)
JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) -

Ochsner Health System announced a $360 million expansion to their Jefferson Hwy. campus, and work is already underway.

Jefferson Parish and state government officials were on hand for the unveiling of the project Thursday. It will allow the health system to serve more patients and better treat everything from cancer to cardiac health.

The expansion calls for improvements to the main hospital and the north campus.

Ochsner also plans to build a brand new west campus rehab hospital on an eight-acre space which includes the Jefferson plaza shopping center.

That facility will help people recover after stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries.

Ochsner's CEO says he couldn't be more pleased.

"It's the largest in the history of Ochsner, and it'll start really here at this Jefferson Plaza where we are today, where we will be demoing all the buildings today, and we'll be building the new destination rehab," CEO Warner Thomas said.

Over the next decade, officials estimate this project will create 2,500 jobs and provide a $1.3 billion boost to the state's economy. 

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