Baton Rouge – In response to the shortage of psychiatric facilities since Hurricane Katrina, Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System recently added a new residential unit at the Greenwell Springs Campus. This unit has 12 new beds for adult males, and once renovations are complete, 12 beds for adult females will be added.

Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Mental Health operates the Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System. As LDH is one of the largest providers of psychiatric services in Louisiana, this expansion is greatly needed.

LDH Secretary Dr. Fred Cerise explains, “Hurricane Katrina forced the closure of over 100 psychiatric beds in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. This new unit is a necessary step for us to regain the beds we lost in the aftermath of the hurricane.”

Throughout the New Orleans-Baton Rouge corridor, LDH has now opened a total of 76 new psychiatric beds. In addition to the 12 more planned for the Greenwell Springs campus, 20 additional beds are planned for Villa Feliciana and 25 more for East Hospital, both in Jackson, LA.

Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System also lost vital personnel as a result of the hurricane. Officials are actively recruiting staff to fill vital nursing and support positions. The system is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information on employment opportunities, please call (225) 342-6516 or (225) 634-0535.