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University Medical Center Opening, Design Heralded in the New Orleans Times-Picayune

University Medical Center Opening, Design Heralded in the New Orleans Times-Picayune

University Medical Center is finally open in New Orleans, and the Times-Picayune was on hand to celebrate with the first patients. The $1.1-billion, 2.3 million-square-foot, 446-bed facility is an important milestone in the city’s continued recovery from Hurricane Katrina, the paper notes. The author also compares the finishes to those of a boutique hotel: "We wanted it to feel not like a hospital," NBBJ architect Mackenzie Skene is quoted saying. "You want a hospital that doesn't assault your senses, strip your privacy."