BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry will receive a $58.4 million grant to help mitigate damages caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Louisiana Representative Cedric Richmond says that the funding from the Department of Homeland Security will "Allow LSU to not only restore their facilities from damage incurred before the storm, but also modernize the program to ensure that it remains one of the premiere professional schools in the nation."
LSU Health officials say that the grant will allow them to construct an elevated annex to house "critical clinical and research functions" that were previously held on the basement and first floor of the building.
The Dean of LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry, Dr. Henry Gremillion says that the grant money will more than triple the amount of space that the school had for their Dental Faculty Practice Clinic,
LSU President F. King Alexander says that the grant was "long overdue" and that the funding will help protect the School of Dentistry from future disasters.