Builder: Hospital on track

The $1 .1 billion University Medical Center project under construction in New Orleans is on budget and on course to meet a spring 2015 completion, based on a recent update given by state Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater. (Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER)

On the same day that massive cuts in state health care funding were announced in Baton Rouge, contractors presented a rosy outlook on construction progress at the massively expensive University Medical Center in New Orleans.

The board of directors for the medical center’s management corporation met Thursday to get a progress report on construction of the 424-bed hospital and associated treatment facilities from project director Tom Rish. Rish told the board that despite delays related to Hurricane Isaac, the project remained on schedule, and serious results should soon become visible. He projected that the exterior of the 747,000 square-foot Diagnostic and Treatment Center at the site could be up by December.

“We’re not slowing down,” Rish said. “We’ll continue to move.”