Area hospital takes part in ground-breaking ceremony

Published 03/18 2014 11:50AM

Updated 03/18 2014 06:00PM

CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier announced that the $55 million investment in CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center will continue with certain elements of the construction moving more quickly than originally planned.

“We’re pleased to announce that we are able to fast-track some of our construction at Highland,” according to William Lunn, M.D., COO of CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier. “In addition to moving and consolidating the NICU and Birth Place services on the Highland campus earlier than planned, we’ve also opened a new primary care practice in southeast Shreveport and will open a satellite clinic in Bossier for our Cancer Treatment Center in April.”

Groundbreaking for Phase 3 of the Highland construction, the West Wing of CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center, was held on Tuesday morning

The West Wing will include two new floors for the hospital, which will house the Birth Place, NICU and rehabilitation services. It will also include a new hospital lobby and a first floor devoted to the Cancer Treatment Center, which will relocate to Highland in Summer 2015.

In addition, the new plan will include a new adult ICU and additional day surgery space in the project once the West Wing construction is complete.

The new strategic direction announced by CHRISTUS in 2013 included providing more access points for primary care and outpatient services, as well as expansion into Bossier.

A new Family Medicine physician, Donna Wyatt, M.D., has joined CHRISTUS Primary Care Associates at the Highland campus and Dr. Asha Kilaru opened her new Internal Medicine practice in southeast Shreveport.

The satellite clinic for the Cancer Treatment Center in Bossier will be located in the CHRISTUS Bossier Healthplex facility located at 2539 Viking Drive.

According to Lunn, most of the adult services at the CHRISTUS Schumpert campus have been transitioned to the Highland campus, and 15 additional acres adjacent to that campus have been acquired. “The momentum is growing, and we look forward to announcing the completion of more milestones of this investment in the future.”

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