April 13, 2012
Good Morning:

While most of New Orleans may be gearing up for French Quarter Festival this weekend and Jazz Fest around the corner, I think there's another celebration that's even more momentous.

Of course, I may be a little biased because it involves an initiative Tulane is deeply committed to – providing high quality, neighborhood-based health care. Next week, residents of Tremé, Mid-City and nearby neighborhoods will get their first look at the newly opened Ruth U. Fertel/Tulane Community Health Center and Brinton Family Health & Healing Center. The clinic recently moved from Covenant House into a newly renovated 11,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility on Broad Street that used to be Ruth's Chris Steak House.

What originally started as an emergency health station in the days immediately following Hurricane Katrina– little more than a sidewalk card table and ice chest – has blossomed into one of the city's finest community health clinics. While the center's size and address may have changed since its humble beginnings, its mission has not. It is still dedicated to delivering high quality, cost-effective health care to all, whether they have insurance or not, with the goal of creating a healthier New Orleans.

The open house, which will include tours of the center, is from 3 to 5 p.m., Friday, April 20, at 711 N. Broad St.

Please join me in welcoming them to the neighborhood.

Have a great weekend,


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