SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - More expansion is coming for the CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center.
CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System recently announced it would be spending $43 million to expand the medical center in Shreveport. This expansion project has been in the works for the last two to three years.
CEO Isaac Palmer says the total commitment for this center has already totaled out to $100 million.
“We started with a $60 million west wing expansion four years ago now, and this is adding to that,” he said. “This is responding to the need for more ER space, more inpatient beds, and more out patient services.”
The expansion project will be called the Highland 100, and include a host of improvements and renovations.
One of the biggest projects will be rebuilding, relocating and doubling the size of the emergency room.
“We have spent a lot of time designing the flow of the ER within the four walls, and I really believe this is going to bring down the amount of time that a patient spends in the ER,” Palmer said.
Other projects include adding more inpatient rooms, expanding the cardiac cath lab, adding a dedicated entrance for cardiology patients, renovating waiting areas and patient rooms, and relocating out patient physical therapy to a convenient standalone facility.
The medical center will still be operating while construction is taking place.
“We’re not doing any construction in areas where there’s patient care being provided so every piece of construction will build and complete before moving patients in,” Palmer said.
Construction has already begun, but Palmer says once everything is finished it’s something patients will notice.
“I will completely change the face of the facility,” he said. “So as your driving down Bert Kouns, you’re going to see an entrance that is clearly marked for cardiac services — and an entrance that is clearly marked for ER services.”
The Highland 100 project is expected to be completed at the end of 2020.