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5-7-14 3:10pm Angela: on NOLA's medical field

May 7, 2014|

Angela talks with Michael Hecht of GNO Inc. and Rod Miller of the New Orleans Business Alliance about the future of the medical field in New Orleans.

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Critics say it I guess the whole thing has been uplifting can we started out talking about opening up but our riverfront and all the wonderful visions ahead. And then to have a whole hour with Jermaine -- very very very special. And now. We're going to listen to two guys in the known about what is happening. About another very important area of -- It is called bio district New Orleans 15100. Acre district spanning downtown in mid city neighborhoods. That was conceived before Katrina. And is now coming to life before our eyes. Drive down canal street -- Tulane avenue and what was envisioned as a new powerful economic engine for New Orleans. Is now reality. But what is the status of the two hospitals that serve goes far beyond to New Orleans. What is the status of the Louisiana cancer research center and the New Orleans -- innovation center. What jobs will be available and went. What businesses may be added because of this new medical -- York. These are the questions we addressed to our special guest today. Ron Miller president of the New Orleans business alliance and Michael Hecht president and CE OJ you know. Do you hear the roar of the applause. I think it's -- all I hear is silence -- commuting headphones on philosophy and we're gonna start up before even -- one word about medical district. Congratulations. Two -- you know ink and I really mean is like incredible named top ten economic development group in America. This is so deserved. Let's say that right off the bat you bring up however that among those -- -- and not just in knowing the two others in our state which says volumes about which -- Well that that's right of the top ten and I don't know run the most I think thirteen thousand economic economic organizations. In the country three of the top ten now. Are in Louisiana it was us and Baton Rouge area chamber and vendors. And then over Lake Charles on the southwest economic partnership. And so. Yet to some degree because we have really well run organizations but but it really says that word is in an exceptional environment right now. Where the economic opportunity because of natural gas because of the river because of our culture. Because of our outstanding business policies. Is just creating opportunity for all of us and even our little media has to be very successful. Congratulations. And let's start about well I was telling -- before we started driving down canal street. That all this weekend were fun times I just kept looking at those buildings. And thinking it's real. Is it is a city within a city almost. And we wanted to do this as a catch up where are -- in this process so I ask you both where are we when it comes to. Let's start with the L issue. Hospital. Well I was actually visiting with us and in his line of of children's who's going to be running you MCM just last week and you can look out there. And it was actually disorienting because I was looking on Tulane avenue and it just looks nothing like it is looked for our entire lives of these gorgeous. Modern buildings that are going up. And I think Robert talked about being online and about two. Years is about two years yet. Eighteen months two years so it's really an exciting time because not only is you know those buildings are going up there -- Those are catalytic projects that are going to spur a lot of additional development here in the city. Needs range from retail. Thanks to retail supplies that need for that area as well as workforce housing and others think that. And all of those institutions are looking at. You know what are wanna be the needs to really support the work -- come down to that side. So two years they'll open their doors that's correct let's go back a little bit because there was and so much has happened in such a -- on the all it is too many -- it's not enough beds where -- -- Well I would say this I think that the and I think rod will probably create New York or disagree in front of millions on there. But I think that that the whole discussion about the number of -- was a little bit of a red Herring on because the real impact good. Good answer that the real. Impact is -- give you buy an example on in in Houston. The Texas Medical Center which MD Anderson and six other hospitals is responsible for 25%. Of all of the hotel stays in Houston. OK so it's a massive economic development driver because it's driving destination health care. If we are successful here in this region with creating destination healthcare and other VA it's already bought in the sort of built in because it's treating. Our armed services members around the region and country but if we do the same UNC. If we become a center of excellence for example in neurological diseases like alzheimer's. Then what's gonna happen is we're not just going to be treating folks locally but we're going to have thousands of people every year come from around the country and bring themselves and their families and their dollars and and then it becomes a true economic engines of the real discussion. I think the whole time should not have been should we have quarter and 27 or 450 beds but. What do we do to not only provide excellent health care for a local population and the indigent but what do we do become a national center of excellence because. That's where the real bang for -- come. From a hospital complexes. Couldn't agree with you Laura I've heard that from other business people that we must separate ourselves from the pack. Definitely it's it's about New Orleans people in New Orleans area people but it is. An opportunity. To really shine. In certain areas tonight and so there are discussions going on within the medical community not just the business community about how to achieve that. Absolutely that's one of the things that's that's kind of front and center within the medical community how do these hospitals worked together. How are awarded the services that. Allow them to distinguish their quality of care -- should be other hospitals in the region around the country. What are the things that were particularly good at here in New Orleans and and into that those conversations -- ongoing conversations. How do these hospitals worked together on different sorts of research. How did that bring that that academic. Institutions into that those conversations all of those things are ongoing discussions I'm excited. About where where we are because. The level of the conversation now it's much. It's beyond the theoretical and -- how to week. Make sure that when these doors opened their programs on the ground. That really market and position these hospitals the right way and then there's actual work and collaboration. Going on between the different hospitals. What with the advent of obamacare how is that going to influence in particular. Not the VA but the university hospital. That's one of those questions that you know there's a big question mark. When I've talked to the BB hits of the hospitals they've all said that they've all said the same thing. We're not sure you know and and and the we're not sure is this there's a couple of things one is that. The. It depends on the population base. And so the population based at these hospitals serving as bitter divorce and so that's gonna be a big driver of it. Where it obamacare really kicks in is when you're talking about that indigent population that don't have access to health care. And and so that's still that still. Over all fairly small percentage of people that their servant but those are the monies that will be more risk than the general monies that they'd be receiving from from from. People that care. But with one of the goals of obamacare was to have people who didn't have insurance get insurance so I would think. Don't you think that there are now -- more people. With the choice of where to go and hopefully go to university hospital among other places that a tight -- in theory this increases the patient pays five up 2030%. That that's the idea of it. I was -- plays out but I'm certainly that that is the idea that -- be more more business being covered compared. What is happening what is going to happen when they opened the new hospital to the interim. That building that is. Post-Katrina then that charity. So that's an ongoing conversation and -- and you know there's there are a lot of discussions about what it can be what it should be. There's not a and there's not and there's not a clear answer. Yeah I mean at the end of the day you know I know that this administration the city has some things that they'd like to see happen there I've heard different private sector developers say they have goals. Think that they -- with the that's going to be from the that's gonna have to be flushed out over the next eighteen to two years. Okay. What do we take a break and come back we do wanna talk about the new VA hospital but about the rest of this incredible medical -- -- Stay with -- or if you want to ask -- questions or give your thoughts on and give us a call at 260187. An Angel on WW well. So grateful to have rob Miller who's the president of the New Orleans business alliance and Michael Hecht. President and CEO -- -- you know ink talking about the medical -- Doran and short of giving us the status update -- we're gonna move on to the VA hospital. Which is Michael is saying is twice as big as the other hospital. And major a major thing because let me ask -- this isn't intended that all veterans from Louisiana will go and others. Yet it's meant to be regional center and so what what's been lost in in the narrative about the medical court or. With so much focus on the Ramsey and about but take anything away from what's gonna happen there. Is that the VA facilities actually going to be about twice as big. And we're talking about destination health care -- destination healthcare is the model. Veteran administration facility it's going be serving our veterans from around the region and the states what's already built in. So in terms of initial impact connection might be larger. Than you have seen of course is going to be synergy between the two of them in terms of the businesses that are -- off like rob was talking about in terms of the job opportunities are created so. What's fascinating is that we're not building a single hospital here we're building to that have different skill sets and together we're talking about a 3.3 billion dollar level of of investment. About the people who are now working the VA shut down after the storm but then reopened a small part of it. And shall we do have employees they're able to transfer over but many more will be needed. Thousands more talented we're talking about out of jobs in the factor over. We're talking about thousands of jobs and health care sector or the over the next 51015 years and and one of the big conversations right now with. Around how -- we make sure that local. Louisiana people local normal and people were able to move in these jobs so. There are a variety of training programs that have come online their pilots that have been run -- more that are being set up right now I'm just to make sure that. Whether to lab techs are you name it that local Louisiana people move into these jobs. We have done in numbers shows with that with the lobby urging knowing. Talking about the 40000 jobs that are coming up the line that our technical -- of jobs with oil and gas. But also health care that's included in that that the number and actually separate this is separate it's. If you if you look at them in the numbers in descending order -- so oil and gas -- -- we typically uses 42000. The number that we typically is for the medical court or by medical is twenty to 30000 but I'm gonna tell you think that's low and and here's why. If we do a decent job that you can look at Birmingham which is a community about two thirds of our size. And the Birmingham medical center a specializing in heart care and ophthalmology has created 53. Thousand jobs so we only do half as well as Birmingham we're talking about twenty or 30000 if we do as well. It's 50000 plus. Then command on that you have all the jobs and water management coast restoration tens of thousands and then a new sector technology we're talking about again well over 101000 jobs. In that so bomb the question is are we preparing our people. That's the question it is the 64000 -- is this -- 64 billion dollar question. There's no doubt that because we're growing for the first time in about forty years were having these growing pains. And so our schools are are trying mightily to make the adjustment to growing to scale. But Tom we've got to AS systemic thing we have to address here particularly as rod saying who wanna make sure that the local population. Benefits much -- You're talking these hospitals opening two years. Are you talking to high schools where people will say you don't mean necessarily the four year degree but the two and we're gonna get you writing. Yet. Yes yes we're talking to. High schools about programs you know one of the things that was popular years ago decades ago. When I was coming up with the vocational training and we in many cases we moved away from vocational training there. Our vocational programs that well -- lines shortly. That will be exciting focused on trying to make sure that these kids coming school will be able to move in some of these sorts of jobs. So that sure that's a real opportunity. We're also trying to increased exposure because one of the things most people mean a lot of kids know about. What nurses they need to know what that meant. That galactic is about other. Jobs in the hospital systems so. We're working diligently with with hospitals to make sure that we've got a good understanding of the types of jobs that are coming on line and that -- can tell you -- and the parents. About those jobs. And we're also trying to develop. -- mechanisms to help people move from different jobs to. Different jobs that they may have in the city in other. And other Arenas. One of the things that we found is that a lot of a lot of workers. May have been an appeal for twenty years and steals that they have may be transferable. We -- that be the case where gas and manufacturer and sustainable industry that a lot of times the -- transferable. We believe that some of the stupid and hospitality. A transferable to the health care sector trying to identify and -- -- those things that some people movement those kind. The Internet is tremendous news I'm not only for those finishing high school but for those who aren't working that may want to make a career change maybe make more money. Absolutely and these are good jobs we have and one of the things that's often ignored about the health services sector is that the chops. And be higher -- I mean they spend the entire gamut from doctors all the way down to the people that may be doing the cleaning are providing on services. Another huge opportunity that's often overlooked. We're talking about these sorts of districts and and and health care facilities is that local businesses. Have tremendous opportunities from procurement expect that. Is where we're gonna pick up right there stay with this we're gonna go to news now we'll be back talking about opportunities in the medical -- While we're talking with Roger Miller with the New Orleans business alliance and Michael Hecht with -- -- about the medical core door. And we're really talking about it's gonna happen sooner than we think two years goes quickly. And we left it on an awful lot of jobs are going to be needed Michael you were saying what 30000 something like that I think 30000 is say yes conservative estimate okay. And but you're also talking about -- which I think is very important for existing businesses that wanna be part of this. Absolute give some examples. Hospitals had an incredible supply chain where you're looking on its services you know about arming and services you're looking -- the -- Former C those sorts of services pharmaceutical services. Courier services all of those are things that if these hospitals will -- And so there's a tremendous opportunity for local small businesses to be able to. In -- providing services for these hospitals. They do you have hospitals do you can have from purchasing agreements where the -- with a lot of national vendors and that's but I had conversations with. With them and they are open to trying to figure out how to -- more more aggressively. With local businesses and the mayor has been area dairy -- concerned and very open about. -- in an excellent local businesses that those opportunities. At what point -- if you were two years outlets say does that. That the city are you all or whomever literally hold meetings where the business people can come and say you know I could do that. So actually that process is already started with -- -- having conversations. With the with the hospitals about one of the services that need. That they need and in the next few months -- will start it we will start to be much more public about it so that business program that. In the that. It's just it's almost incomprehensible to think that. In two short years just for those two things you're gonna need as you say conservatively 30000 people. Getting people prepared but also ultimately some people will come in to account for which is not a bad thing either. That's correct affect our strategy we we've we've overall college you know works it has we call on land in turn on -- external components of the internal component. Is largely about training. Local residents for the jobs are available in fact. Earlier this week I was in Florida talking to -- private -- -- -- training school that's looking into the market to try to -- training for the tech sector. That's the -- component but the external component. Is about bringing folks into the market and significant portion of that. Is who we call project ex -- were working with the border region to working with two -- working with local high schools to reach out to there alumni. Who have gone to school or high school and college and have left and to talk to them to know that there are opportunities now for them to come back because. The reality is that if there's some bodies from Louisiana from -- to -- who's living in Houston now they're doing that because. You know Houston is is okay and it's gotten decent schools and that got a nice house two hours outside of the city but given an opportunity to come back with a good job and good quality of life we think that most people will top that opportunity I would buddy's -- wants them home. You know that. It's it's been interest in one of the most gratifying things we're paying for Michael and myself is when we work with a company. And the company comes in somebody went references you know my -- and it's going to work for that company -- my door is coming back from Houston from and a to work that company we actually had a meeting with many of the schools in the city a high schools in the city probably. A couple of months ago where we talked to them about. They're -- And what they consistently said it's our alumni all want to come home they all have that great friends from these New Orleans area high schools. But they're not the job opportunities here and what's exciting is that. The momentum across the state where there's an oil and gas -- can buy them a -- are other areas we're seeing the jobs. Okay I'm feeling good. Part of this corridor is -- radio and that's the vial in a nation so let's talk about. For the bio innovations and is it really exciting to me by animations and he's not been opened 334 years maybe four years four years. By animations and has been open for four years its capacity. What that means is we've got a lot of small bioscience companies that are there. Better and some are being successful summer summer struggling that's what happens with with the small company. But a lot of Democrats are waiting. They're becoming two -- for the space they need more wet lab space they need more. And so the bio innovation thinner is foster's these companies by providing -- coaching mentoring. And expenses faith and -- And so we're gonna need another facility to host more companies that need -- about space and that's what really makes the violations and special. Not just that it's an expert -- -- this -- -- they specifically for research that's being done. And those companies will be even have a greater chance of success once that -- opens because they'll be attacked and that the. You know what's incredible I'm listening to say that I'm thinking about. All that has happened post-Katrina with like the idea village which has been around but they just kick something happened and now we have this. Environments for onto ignores we have that was a violent patients who would get behind. Well in this wonderfully talented town to misunderstand it isn't counted down but we focused on other things and now we have at all. But -- -- issues I had abolished and approached them but I had a policy used to say rod which you always need. Around -- some good players and I would tell you Tim Williamson went. This thing first started he started talking about New Orleans as this of innovation and entrepreneurship it wasn't true. Now it is true and I think that's what's really exciting idea village was able to take something. This idea that we are this creative place which was very true but we weren't we weren't a place that had a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem now you've got. Idea village you've got both moral and business lines and you know week. You've got a propeller. I'm we've got a new initiative called power moves -- which were watching to it to make -- Norman stopped work for under represented minorities in high growth industry high gross basis. All of this that you got the New Orleans started on. We are hot bid for people that wanna start businesses and hyperactivity. Everyone stay with us we'll be right back we'll continue to be uplifted right after this. We're talking with rob Miller with -- new -- business alliance and Michael helped hack who is the president CEO of -- you know ink. About the future and the future is now and I think that's what's important. It's happening now. You mentioned. Ride talking about propeller. Power moves -- more about that yet. So we've got this -- strong. Starter culture that that's emerging New Orleans. Idea village panel launched and then these other. Opportunities emerge social on the north of New Orleans propeller. It's really about helping. Businesses that have these triple bottom line again so we need to be more people and people need to be more healthy so we're gonna start at -- business where it is -- that would. We're gonna grow inside the building we can for more lettuce and can provide schools those kinds of businesses. Growing propellant and lieutenants then at that rate. Organizations. -- pitch competition and and they've taken out. An area of the city that was you know we had some challenges over the -- more. Area they went in and put in there I think debated there and it's like gangbusters. Other initiative which is experienced in which Michael Meyer both the ball with this power moves now. Power moves -- Grew out of prosperity now which defied your strategy for economic development that -- watched last year. And power moves Nolan is really focused on. Who coined the number of venture -- under represented minority companies and in the country it's only about 1%. Venture backed companies in the country had an African American founder and we thought that that was just atrocious in this image that we. Fact to be very bullish on crowing that ecosystem and doing it right here ignore it until we got over. Forty private equity venture capitalist acts coming to New Orleans to death threats and and over thirty different companies coming to pitch and tell their story. And ideally get capital and ideally grow and hopefully set roots here in the city. And -- some of these companies are local or that they're coming in from all of their companies coming in for all over the I think there's probably five or six local companies that I -- right now -- there will probably be more. -- by the program. The division Ford is very exciting and nobody currently passes so what Atlanta is to black corporate America. We want to -- become for minority entrepreneurship. And we think that if we do this it's going to address our local issues and -- a path to employment. And wealth creation but also had a opportunity to creating a model that can be scaled around the country. And address an issue it's not just local here in the new watch region but everybody's trying to deal with which is full employment for everybody in the population so. What it really comes -- at the end is both a job and wealth creation play but it's also about creating a brand and if you think Austin city limits did for Austin I think that apparently was no can do something akin to that for new launch our region here. What's great for me and Michael is that we've already got a great and in New Orleans so we're kind of just howling on a discreet. Brand and started off cold and terrorism then it came in entrepreneurship. And -- and of course we've got oil and gas and -- -- Now you've got this bio district -- by a quarter coming on line to all of these things are kind of compound -- that can build this -- Very excited. And whether I talked to people and -- the New York or Chicago or LA they all want to spend time in the world and their all like. There -- -- premiere an opportunity for me and I think we're in a very enviable position. And you know how many times have we all heard. It before the storm and after there isn't the opportunity for my kids in Italy. And and they didn't. And what -- really saying is all the ground work is being blamed for them to return that does is make decent -- and that's Paramount. The better than decent things -- a very good living in the city because one of the things this. To date we still don't have the challenges that other kitty -- in terms of traffic. Quality of life and very high one of the things an element that let her know that it's a great place to them. Outside of this market it's no secret that it's such great pleasure to -- apparently. New Orleans -- correcting number seventeen or sixteen or seventeen your Parenting Magazine as the great place to slam so those things become. Better -- we're going to -- have a different kind of challenge which is telling people it's ours we don't want any more people -- -- -- for that in the meantime I think we're in the very good position grow the economy and and bring more people back. Other hopeful things and as long as where. Feeling good about ourselves. And I think that if you look at the. That the narrative of -- post-Katrina New Orleans it's been more about eliminating the negative as opposed to accentuating the positive because our positives so strong. To meet their energy the river and culture those are three things and nobody else can -- because Scots make him anymore man can't build them. And so it's not a bit about accentuating -- as much as a limiting the negatives and to me they've been for kind of historical to satisfy as having crime corruption flood and education. And we know were making historic progress action all four of them so I think that's why were were so long New Orleans. We appreciate what both you guys do more than you know. Thank you again and congratulations again can link and -- you're terrific. Stay with everyone will be right back thank. I want again thank got rod Miller with the on New Orleans business alliance and Michael help with -- link. You got to feel good about this community things major things are happening -- changed things are happening. Yes we've got problems to all of -- sitting there saying it's not perfect it's not but it's a lot better. Enjoy the rest your game and listen to me tomorrow I'm Angela under the to do well.