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A nonprofit affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church has purchased a hospital that was abandoned after Hurricane Katrina and plans to put it back into service.

St. Margaret's Daughters will open the former Lindy Boggs Medical Center late next year 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 to soon 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.

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