- Associated Press - Saturday, January 12, 2019

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Louisiana health care system has formally announced the launch of a $43 million project to renovate its medical center in Shreveport.

CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System on Thursday said the 24-month expansion project at Highland Medical Center begins this month, KTBS-TV reported . During construction, all hospital departments will remain open.

The Highland 100 plan includes a host of improvements and renovations. Major projects comprise rebuilding, relocating and doubling the size of the Emergency Room, adding additional inpatient rooms, expanding the cardiac catheterization lab, adding a dedicated entrance for cardiology patients, renovating waiting areas and patient rooms and relocating outpatient physical therapy to a convenient standalone facility.

Hospital officials, in a news release, said the plan responds to a growing demand and the community’s evolving health care needs.

“This project is future-focused and patient-centered, enabling us to provide improved healthcare access for generations to come and the compassionate, faith-based care for which we are known,” said Isaac Palmer, CEO CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System. “We are calling this Highland 100 because it builds on our legacy of more than a century of service to the people of this region. Construction will touch more than 100 patient care areas in the hospital, and brings a total investment in this ministry to more than $100 million dollars since our strategic repositioning in 2013.”



CHRISTUS chose a local contractor, Hand Construction, for the project. Hand Construction has worked with CHRISTUS on numerous projects over the past 30 years, most recently the building of CHRISTUS Bossier Emergency Hospital.

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Information from: KTBS-TV, http://ktbs.com

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