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Major Expansion at Hermiston Hospital Prompted in Part by the Need for Doctors

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Hermiston -- There is a growing need for doctors in Hermiston. The problem is so great that Good Shepherd Medical Center is about to spend millions of dollars, not only to appeal to physicans, but to make room for them to practice.

Good Shepherd Health Care System is preparing to build an eight million dollar medical building.  A brief groundbreaking ceremony for the 38- thousand square foot facility took place Tuesday next to the hospital heli-pad.

The building will house offices, but it will also have room for ten doctors, and the design of the building makes it possible to expand for ten more physicians in the future.

David Burke, President of Good Shepherd Health Care System, indicated that the facility will take care of a crowding problem already being experienced, and will also operate as a sales tool for doctors who may be considering relocating in Hermiston.

"They need to be able to see that their practice is going to be in a comfortable, convenient location, that it will be well represented (and that) it will represent them well to their patients."

Burke added that the new building is expected to be complete in 15 months.  In addition, five thousand square feet is about to be added to the emergency room. Burke said that the hospital has borrowed 17 million dollars in all. Part of that may be used to do further expansions in order to alleviate overcrowding in surgery.