Walla Walla General Hospital has broken ground on a $15 million expansion expected to improve patient care through a larger emergency center and other conveniences.
The renovation, started July 20 in an official ceremony, is the hospital's first major renovation of the facility since it was built in 1978, officials said. The groundbreaking came on the heels of the opening of the facility's new cardiac catheterization lab
"Our services continue to expand, and it's time for our facility to match the quality of service and patient satisfaction we provide on a daily basis," said Walla Walla General President and CEO Monty Knittel in a statement.
Walla Walla contracting firm Opp & Seibold will lead the 18-month construction project.
Changes include total renovation of the front entrance to enhance patient flow, and an expanded emergency center to double the size.
The registration and waiting areas will be centralized to increase privacy and convenience, and physician offices will be upgraded.
Also, the cafeteria will be remodeled and expanded restaurant-style and focus on healthy food options. A new volunteer gift shop also is part of the expansion.
The changes, designed by Portland-based Peterson Kolberg & Associates, are the result of a three-year master planning effort that included community research on how to better serve clients.
Walla Walla General is part of Adventist Health, with nearly 20,000 employees serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides care in 17 hospitals, more than 130 physician and rural health clinics, 14 home care agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers.