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New ER opens in Sunnyside

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SUNNYSIDE, Wash - Sunnyside Community Hospital opened a remodeled and expanded emergency room Wednesday afternoon.

In 1997, over a hundred people met in Sunnyside to talk about what the community expected  from its hospital in the 21st century.

Ten years later, their vision has become a reality.

Gone are the patient care areas separated by curtains. Replaced instead, a by a state of the art Emergency Department, with multiple private rooms to treat patients, a decontamination shower and a negative pressure room.

The total project cost over $3,000,000 - with much of it coming from the local community.

"The community has really contributed a great deal," said Jon Smiley, the hospital's CEO, "and the service will be second to none."