HERMISTON - Good Shepherd Medical Center will showcase a recently-completed expansion and remodeling project of its imaging department, laboratory and cafeteria at an open house from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.

The project, which added 6,500 square feet to the hospital, came in 10 percent under budget and one month earlier than planned.

McCormack Construction Company of Pendleton served as general contractor and construction manager. Steven Kolberg of Peterson, Kolberg & Associates did the design work.

The open house coincides with National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week (both May 6-12). Staff will serve refreshments at the east end of the diagnostic imaging suite.

Mark Ettesvold, the hospital's public relations director, said the remodeling effort was in response to comments from patients.

"The significant enlargement of these spaces, along with adjacent waiting areas, was a direct response to patient demands for services and enhanced privacy and comfort," Ettesvold said.

The four phases of construction, remodeling and relocation happened without interrupting patient services.

The laboratory's new surroundings is the last in a series of improvements. In the last two years, the hospital upgraded the lab's two chemistry analyzers and added a microbiologics analyzer. The new lab configuration will provide more amenities to patients waiting for tests, Ettesvold said.

The cafeteria remodel comes after an extensive revamping of the hospital menu to include entrees such as buffalo and many dishes made from scratch. Patients may order a la carte whenever they are hungry.

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