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CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center Celebrates Grand Opening of West Wing January 14, 2016

Today CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier celebrated the official ribbon cutting of the new West Wing addition at CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center, 1453 E. Bert Kouns in Shreveport. The West Wing is an expansion of services and facilities to the Highland campus, funded by a $60 million investment that was announced in 2013.

“Today is a true milestone in our ministry,” Isaac Palmer, CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier Chief Executive Officer, said. “The West Wing is proof that CHRISTUS Health is committed to this community and that we are here to stay. We are not only celebrating the opening of the West Wing. We celebrate our expansion into Bossier; we celebrate the wound care and breast center who are housed at the CHRISTUS Specialty Care Center. We celebrate our Associates, medical staff, volunteers, and our community who have supported us and understand our vision of bringing health care to where people live and work. Most importantly, we celebrate our legacy in this community that Dr. T. E. Schumpert started 120 years ago.”

The $60 million investment is comprised of $55 million from the CHRISTUS Health system office and an additional $5 million was donated by the local CHRISTUS Foundation.

“These funds allowed the vision and direction of our expansion to further incorporate the best practices and ideas from our medical staff and associates,” Amy Heron, Executive Director of CHRISTUS Foundation Shreveport-Bossier, said. “These ideas to improve the patient’s experience, family centered care, and patient safety were important, but required extra dollars. The Foundation and our loyal donors resoundingly answered this need. We are grateful for the continued support of our community to invest in our mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

The West Wing will be home to the CHRSTUS Cancer Treatment Center (first floor), hospital pharmacy (first floor), The Birth Place/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (second floor), Acute Comprehensive Inpatient Rehab (third floor), and other office and conference space.

“This is a significant expansion of CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center. The entire campus, including the separate wound care and imaging centers, has been redesigned and expanded to better meet the needs of patients and medical staff,” said Stephen Wright, Senior Vice President Group Operations CHRISTUS Health. The new Cancer Treatment Center features a new state-of-the-art linear accelerator, an open concept infusion area, additional private rooms, and a private entrance for patients.

“We are most excited about being together with our CHRISTUS family again in the new building with the state of the art facilities,” Dr. Scott Boniol, medical director of the CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center, said. “This transition to a new building is like having a new church. At the end of the day it’s not the building that makes the church, but the congregation. In our new location, we are providing our patients with the same people who have such pride in what they do, the same humility and dignity. The West Wing is a new building, but it will still have our CHRISTUS family and values, and that’s what makes the difference.”

The second floor of the West Wing will be home to The Birth Place and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. These two units will be steps from each other with two identical birthing operating rooms connecting them.

“The Birth Place and NICU were specifically designed by physicians and other experts to make caring for mothers and babies safe and with families in mind,” Palmer said.

“You can see that with our identical operating rooms, bonding rooms, expanded lobby, and our focus on family-centered care.”

The new labor and delivery unit will have 14 rooms that offer mother, baby couplet care that The Birth Place is known for where the mother labors, delivers, recovers, and receives postpartum care in one room. This special kind of care also allows for mother and child to receive care from one nurse. Under the direction of Dr. Sara Serio and support from Dr. Surinder Tank, the NICU has 21 rooms to accommodate high-risk babies and those newborns that may need intensive or critical care. The addition of Dr. Threvia West as the maternal fetal medicine specialist ensures that women who choose CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier will receive comprehensive care before, during, and after delivery.

CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier’s acute comprehensive inpatient rehab will transition to the third floor of the West Wing. This new unit will have 16 patient rooms, a dining room, and therapy gym for those patients who have recently had a traumatic injury, illness, or need extra time adjusting after a recent hospital stay and receive rehabilitation nursing; physical, occupational and speech therapy.

“Our inpatient rehab team helps those patients who are recovering from a traumatic accident or illness to get back to the highest possible level of function and independence,” Palmer said. “The new gym in the West Wing is one example of how our team helps build sense of community and accomplishment for these patients who are relearning to do the simplest, daily tasks.”

Also located on the third floor of the West Wing will be adult outpatient neurology therapy and women’s specialty therapy. These specialized services will allow those patients who have gone home to continue their rehabilitation programs which may include physical, occupational and speech therapy. Earlier enhancements to the Highland campus included in the $60 million project included refurbishing existing patient rooms, reconfiguration of clinical space and addition of physicians’ offices as well as enhancements to the entrances and public areas. The final phase of this investment will include a new hospital lobby, legacy rooms, renovations to the critical care unit, progressive care unit (PCU), dialysis and additional day surgery space.

About CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier
A faith-based, not-for-profit health system, CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier is part of CHRISTUS Health, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. CHRISTUS is among the 10 largest Catholic health systems in the country and one of the 20 largest of all health systems in the nation. CHRISTUS Health Shreveport Bossier has provided health care in Northwest Louisiana for over 100 years. Our mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

About CHRISTUS Health
CHRISTUS Health is an international, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost 350 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 175 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health care ministries and ventures. Jointly sponsored by the two religious congregations of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston and San Antonio, the mission of CHRISTUS Health is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. CHRISTUS services can be found in over 60 cities in Texas, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Georgia, and New Mexico in the United States, and Mexico. To support our health care ministry, CHRISTUS Health employs approximately 30,000 Associates and has more than 9,000 physicians on medical staffs throughout our system. Its dimension, strength, and depth of service place CHRISTUS among the top ten Catholic health systems in the United States.