University Medical Center New Orleans Celebrates Dedication (press release)

Hundreds of community members, industry professionals, business leaders and elected officials congregated this afternoon to celebrate the dedication of University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans. UMC New Orleans, located in the heart of New Orleans’ BioDistrict, opened Aug. 1 and serves as a key center for quality, patient-centered healthcare, academic training and research.

“This is an exciting and pivotal moment for healthcare in New Orleans,” said Gregory C. Feirn, CEO of LCMC Health. “With the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina commemorated this week, the nation’s attention has been on this city and even on this institution. UMC New Orleans is a story of resilience and a symbol of rebirth. Together, we have reimagined what could and should be, instead of what once was. It took leadership, perseverance, many partnerships and 10 years to bring us to this moment.”

UMC New Orleans offers comprehensive primary care and specialty care, cutting-edge research and the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. Home to the Avery C. Alexander Academic Research Hospital, UMC New Orleans has a capacity for 446 beds, including 60 behavioral health beds. As the state’s largest teaching hospital and training facility for many of the state’s physicians, nurses and allied health professionals, UMC New Orleans plays an integral role in shaping the future of healthcare for the region. It serves as a key partner of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, Tulane University School of Medicine and other academic institutions.

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New Orleans Works to Rebuild Music Scene After Katrina | VOA

New Orleans is known for its music. But 10 years ago, the music was drowned out by the howling winds and rising water brought by Hurricane Katrina.

Musicians joined other residents fleeing the city. Part of the effort to bring New Orleans back to life focused on bringing back the musicians and creating a place where they could live and work, and make music.

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Best Of New Orleans Food & Drink 2015 | Eater

The Gambit has just released the results of their annual Best of New Orleans reader vote, available in this week's edition or online.

Although many of the winners in various categories in the Gambit's annual reader-decided "Best Of" poll are the same as previous years, the "Best New Restaurant" category has the one winner, by definition, that actually changes from year to year. This year Shaya nabs Best New Restaurant.

In a West Bank upset, 9 Roses takes best restaurant, although the fact that longtime West Bank champion Pho Tau Bay closed this year has something to do with it. Abita Amber wrested Best Local Beer back away from NOLA Blonde (Courtyard Brewery fans, step up and vote!) Otherwise, things are pretty much the same as last year, and as the year before.

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How the film industry changed New Orleans into ‘Hollywood South’ | WGNO

With its historic architecture, lush greenery and dedication to open-air entertainment, New Orleans often seems like a real-life movie set.

To many, the city IS a real-life movie set.

In the years since Katrina struck in 2005, the film and video industry has been key to the area’s recovery, says Peter Loop, a former member of the Louisiana Film Commission.

According to a 2014 story on, the film business brought more than a billion dollars into the state in 2011. Two years later, it even outpaced New York and California as the No. 1 location for film production in America.

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What Social Scientists Learned From Katrina | New Yorker

Social scientists find that leaving a dysfunctional urban neighborhood can transform a family’s prospects.

If a group of poor Americans are stuck in a bad place, then either the place they are stuck in needs to be improved or they need to move to a better place. Over the years, there have been numerous efforts to advance the second of these approaches—experimental projects, government initiatives —but they have been hard to execute on a large scale. Then came the storm.

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10 years later: UNCG professor's book documents Katrina recovery | News & Record

Ten years ago today, Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans. The Category 3 storm caused more than $100 billion worth of damage along the Gulf Coast, left 80 percent of the city under water and is blamed for the deaths of about 1,800 people in the region.

It remains the costliest storm to have hit the United States.

For six years, after the floodwaters receded, UNC-Greensboro professor Steve Kroll-Smith and two other sociologists interviewed dozens of residents of two New Orleans neighborhoods. Their new book, “Left to Chance,” documents the city’s long road to recovery through the eyes of those residents.

The book was personal for Kroll-Smith. Before coming to UNCG, he was a research professor at the University of New Orleans for about 10 years.

News & Record higher education reporter John Newsom talked earlier this week with Kroll-Smith at his office in Graham Hall. Here are some highlights of that conversation.

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Hurricane Katrina Left Lasting Scars on Waveland, Mississippi | NBC News

Ten years after the eye of Hurricane Katrina hovered over Waveland, Mississippi, David Hubbard's eyes still tear up as he shares his memories of what happened to his hometown on Aug. 29, 2005.

"I hope in my lifetime I never see anything like that again," says the storeowner.

Hubbard and his brother Richard own Hubbard's Hardware, a second-generation family store in this coastal town of some 6,400 residents.

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Beyond Katrina: 7 Portraits of Grit and Determination | Nat Geo

Bass player Michael Harris and his son, Mike, in Musicians' Village, where 72 houses were built for musicians who became homeless after Hurricane Katrina. Photographs by William Widmer, National Geographic

People who live in New Orleans like to say that the city's fragility is what gives it its soul. Half of the city lies below sea level, and it perches precariously near an eroding coastline that loses a football field's worth of land every hour to the Gulf of Mexico. For nearly 300 years it has survived siege, epidemic, hurricane, and flood, and it will no doubt suffer more as seas rise and land disappears. Yet for those who live here, to live anywhere else is unthinkable.

In these seven portraits, New Orleanians retrace their road back from Hurricane Katrina to new beginnings in the place they love. They share persistence and optimism—good traits for people who choose to live on the edge.

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Ten years and $14 billion later, New Orleans better protected | Reuters

After the storm surge generated by Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans in August 2005, a $14.5 billion infrastructure project now protects the city from a ''100-year'' storm. Gavino Garay reports.

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