Industry News


Norwegian Breakaway Coming Next Year

The largest cruise ship to ever sail from the Port of New Orleans — both in length and passenger occupancy — is set to arrive one year from this month. Norwegian Cruise Line announced Oct. 3 that its 4,000–passenger cruise ship, Norwegian Breakaway, will sail 7-, 10- and 11-day seasonal cruises to the Caribbean following its arrival on Nov. 11, 2018.


Louisiana Ranks Among Least Financially Savvy States

(1=Most; 25=Avg.)

47th Median Credit Score
22nd Mortgage Debt as % of Median Income
32nd Foreclosure Rate
22nd % of Credit Usage
30th Housing Expenses as % of Median Home Price
51st % of Unbanked Households
45th Delinquency Rate on Mortgages, Auto Loans, Student Loans & Credit Cards
26th % of Adults Spending More than They Earn
42nd % of Adults with Rainy-Day Funds
19th Total Debt as % of Median Income

Source: WalletHub


Delgado Partners with Copa Airlines

Leading Latin American airline Copa Airlines has partnered with Delgado Community College to provide airfare discounts to anyone traveling to and from Latin America in order to participate in educational programs offered at the Delgado Maritime Industrial Training Center. Discounts reach up to 15 percent and are available now.




"As a city, we will no longer support leaders who refuse to put the needs of the people first. Those people have spoken, with a recent poll of likely voters ranking affordable housing as the second most important issue facing our city today."

Andreanecia Morris, executive director of HousingNOLA. The organization unveiled its 2017 Annual Report Card on the state of New Orleans housing issues at the 11th Annual Housing, Health And Community Resources Fair at Dillard University on Sept. 30. Overall in 2017, HousingNOLA gave the City a “C” letter grade, a drop from the “B” in 2016.





Tulane Unveils BMT Unit

Tulane Medical Center opened its newly renovated $3.8 million Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) program on Sept. 27. The patient care unit was expanded from seven beds to 16 and includes a new air and water filtration system, along with additional amenities designed for blood cancer patients.


$25 Million Gift for Tulane

Tulane University School of Medicine received the largest gift in its history from the family of internal medicine physician Dr. John Winton Deming, who passed away in 1996. “This is a gift that will build our research enterprise and encourage breakthroughs that we can only imagine today,” said Tulane President Mike Fitts.

Children’s Hospital Opens LaPlace Pediatric Clinic

Children’s Pediatrics, a new Children’s Hospital clinic in LaPlace, opened Sept. 30 at 2840 Airline Highway. The clinic will be served by three pediatricians who can refer to specialty care at Children’s as needed.

New Orleans East Clinic Opens

New Orleans East Hospital announced the opening of its New Orleans East Clinic Sept. 27. The clinic offers multi-specialty services, including primary care, gastroenterology, neurology, pulmonary and orthopedics in one location — 5620 Read Blvd.

EJGH Reaches Partnership Agreement

The board of directors of East Jefferson General Hospital has accepted a letter of intent (LOI) to lease the publicly-owned community hospital to University Healthcare System, L.C. — a partnership between HCA Healthcare and Tulane University. A definitive lease agreement is expected by the first quarter of 2018, with final approval by a vote of the Jefferson Parish Council.