Healthcare: St. Tammany medical growth a welcome pain

St. Tammany Parish continues to see plenty of growth, in spite of rough economic times. And particularly in medicine.

Covington’s Medical Arts Pavilion will be the newest medical office complex in the metropolitan area. A groundbreaking ceremony for the $14 million project is scheduled for early September.

Stirling Properties says plans are to build two Class A medical office buildings at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. Each building will be three-stories and feature 60,000-square-feet of space.

And, that’s not all. “Slidell is doing another one. Their groundbreaking, I believe, is this week for their new cancer center,” says St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis.

The Slidell Memorial Hospital Cancer Center is a $19 million project.

“As the population increases, so do your needs in all aspects, so those are very positive signs,” says Davis.

He also says nearly two or three new business a week have been relocating to St. Tammany.

But the growth doesn’t come without some downside, if only temporary. Davis says motorists will have to put up with the progress for a while.

“A lot of roadway work is going to get started here in the next couple of months. Actually, it’s going to be a little inconvenient. Almost every interstate exit will be rebuilt with additional lanes.”

Don Ames Reporting for WWL AM870/FM105.3

[wwl.com]

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