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Hammes Co. to lead hospital development panel at HFSE 2014

CHALMETTE, La. and CHICAGO, Ill., Sept. 30, 2014 – With plans to highlight the first new hospital and medical office building to be constructed in greater New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Hammes Company is proud to be included as a guest panelist at this week’s Healthcare Facility Symposium and Expo, starting today and running through October 2 in Chicago. 

Phil Wendling, senior project executive with the Brookfield-based leading healthcare facility development firm, will be joined by members of a team responsible for the planning, design and implementation of a new hospital campus for St. Bernard Parish Hospital in Chalmette, Louisiana, including Rob Hamby, senior architect with Gresham Smith and Partners, Nashville, Tenn., and St. Bernard Parish Hospital Chief Executive Officer Wayne Landry. If You Build It, Will They Come? Opening a Hospital after Hurricane Katrina will be presented at 9:15am CST on Thursday, October 2 at the conference site at Navy Pier.
“Our main objective in this panel is to accurately communicate the positive impact the new hospital is having on both the local economy and the population,” explains Wendling. “We’ve been on the ground working as project manager with the leaders of St. Bernard Parish Hospital since the very early days. It was clear that the new hospital campus was vital in re-establishing the Parish community for the people of Chalmette.”

St. Bernard Parish Hospital was the first medical center built since the storm and flooding forced the evacuation of more than one million people and the majority of the city’s infrastructure was destroyed, including four hospitals which served the Parish. This panel will explore how the project team overcame vast challenges and navigated uncharted territory during the development of the new $91 million, three-story, 113,300 square foot, 40-bed hospital and three-story, 69,000 square foot medical office building, located in the St. Bernard Parish seat of Chalmette. 

Presented as an in-depth case study, Wendling, Hamby and Landry will provide their perspective of the great challenges faced and solutions executed during the campus development. The team will highlight how they accomplished right-sizing the hospital without the benefit of patient volume estimates due to a largely abandoned patient and physician marketplace by integrating the feedback and facilitating the requests of the passionate community and Parish, and constructing a facility with innovative design and engineering features to meet all new code requirements and to withstand future natural disasters including flooding and hurricane-force winds. The hospital successfully withstood damage and avoided a delayed grand opening from Hurricane Isaac in 2012.

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