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Walla Walla General Hospital Unveils $16 Million Makeover

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. - A 35-year-old building receives a $16 million makeover. On Wednesday, the new and improved Walla Walla General Hospital celebrated its grand re-opening.

It is the hospital's first major renovation ever. The design is meant to imitate the city of Walla Walla itself, with earthy tones and only local art adorning the walls. But it's not just about aesthetics.

"We wanted to try and make this a more welcoming, more comfortable, more easy experience for our patients so we put a lot of time and research into what's going to make the hospital experience more healing, less stressful and easier on all of our patients," said Kristi Spurgeon of WWGH.

All of the contractors used in the renovation process were local businesses.