The Louisiana State University’s (LSU) Charity Hospital was the second oldest, and largest, hospital in the United States. FEMA’s initial damage assessment of $23 million barely covered the costs of repair and would have left the community without critical services.
ICF conducted a FEMA-funded independent study, where we show FEMA’s original damage estimate did not accurately record the level and complexity of the wind and flood damages. Additionally, we developed computer models to illustrate that severe damage to the upper floors resulted from wind-driven rain, not flooding.
With our support, the $1.3 billion replacement Level 1 Trauma Center, University Medical Center, opened in 2015.