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FA C I L I T Y M A N A G E R

ROBERT J. ARNOLD
Former director, emergency management, University Medical Center
(New Orleans)
WHO HE IS: Arnold, who died in February 2016, was an influential player in the design of University Medical Center (UMC) in
New Orleans, which opened in August 2015. He earned his architecture degree from the University of Kentucky in 1964, and
spent much of his career in facilities management, including
at Touro Hospital (New Orleans) from 1982-1993 and Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans (MCLNO; formerly
Charity Hospital), from 1993-2009, which put him on the front
lines when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in August 2005.
From 2009-2015, he was director of emergency management
for MCLNO and then for UMC, the new $1.2 billion replacement hospital.
Arnold retired four months after UMC opened.
LASTING IMPRESSION: Cathi Fontenot, associate dean for alumni affairs at
the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and former medical director at
Medical Center of Louisiana, says she remembers Arnold for his calm demeanor, vast knowledge, and institutional memory. Ken Knevel, project

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manager at joint venture Blitch Knevel/NBBJ
(Seattle), says Arnold's experiences in emergency management were priceless in planning
for the new hospital. "Bob helped determine the
sustaining operational criteria and was insistent
that the campus infrastructure provide for seven
days' emergency power and potable water," he
says. "To this end, the utility building was designed and constructed to house nine 3,000 kW
generators, 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and a
750,000-gallon water tank to keep the hospital
seamlessly running."
Colleagues remember Arnold
most for his actions during and after Hurricane
Katrina, including staying at MCLNO for five
days without power or water, "manning the fort"
and tending to the needs of patients and the staff
and assisting in evacuation efforts. Fontenot
says that post-storm, Arnold was instrumental
in setting up clinic and emergency operations in
several temporary locations, until the interim
LSU hospital was established in November 2006.
"Throughout this time, Bob was interacting with
the State Office of Facility Planning and Control,
FEMA, and multiple contractors as well as physicians and administrators," Fontenot says. "Quite
a juggling act. He worked pretty much 24/7. I'm
not sure when he slept."

CAREER LEGACY:

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