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Work Strengthens Houma Hospital Against Future Storms

Repairs are underway to strengthen Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center against future hurricanes.

The work, which includes replacement of hospital freight elevators, windows and exterior walls, will be paid for with Federal Emergency Management Agency grant money and state infrastructure dollars.

Hospital officials tell The Courier the projects will not result in parking or patient service disruptions.

The hospital has suffered damage from past storms. During Hurricane Gustav in 2008, the building's exterior was damaged, and the cover was blown off the hospital's elevator shaft, causing water damage.

The projects, while aiming to strengthen the 30-year-old hospital against potential storms, also bring updates to the building

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