A hospital abandoned after Hurricane Katrina has been purchased by a Catholic church-affiliated nonprofit that plans to put it back into service offering a number of medical services.

St. Margaret's Daughters will open the former Lindy Boggs Medical Center will open in late 2011 or early 2012 with a 116-bed nursing home. Later, the agency wants to add medical offices, clinic spaces and a small surgical hospital, said St. Margaret's chief executive Larry Stansberry.

The plan is based on the model of St. Luke's Medical Center, a smaller facility that St. Margaret's opened earlier this year in New Orleans. That center currently has about 40 nursing home clients, along with a sleep clinic, a cardiac clinic and a geriatric psychiatric facility, and plans soon to open a pharmacy.

Lindy Boggs Medical Center flooded badly during Hurricane Katrina and never reopened. Its owner, Tenet Healthcare Corp., sold it to a Georgia company intending a major retail development, but the project never materialized.

St. Margaret's, an independent Catholic health care provider operating in New Orleans since 1931, purchased the site for $4.2 million, according to real estate records.


Information from: The Times-Picayune,