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Good Shepherd marks one year since groundbreaking for NorthPark center

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LONGVIEW (KYTX) On March 22, 2013, Good Shepherd Health System officials formally broke ground on Good Shepherd's new outpatient and emergency center, located in North Longview on Hawkins Parkway adjacent to the Institute for Healthy Living.

The 74,000 square-foot outpatient and emergency center will house a variety of specialties including outpatient imaging & X-ray services including digital mammography screening, outpatient laboratory services, a full Emergency Center equipped with advanced technology to diagnose and treat patients with urgent and emergent health issues and the offices of Longview Orthopaedic Clinic Association.

The center will receive ambulance patients and
transport patients who need a higher level of
care after they are stabilized to the Medical
Center, as needed. The new emergency center
location is a department of the Good Shepherd
Medical Center Level II Trauma Center, and will
be staffed by the same emergency registered
nurses and board certified emergency
physicians from Leading Edge Medical
Associates.

Longview Orthopaedic Clinic will be relocating
their practice to this new facility where they will
be increasing their overall exam space thus
allowing them to expand their patient base
with room to add physicians to their practice
as needed by the community. Their portion of
the center will include a complete physical
therapy gym, exam rooms and two outpatient
procedure rooms. Longview Orthopaedic is
currently staffed with five orthopedic surgeons
and three physician assistants.

The center will also offer a full range of
outpatient imaging services including
ultrasound, X-ray, spiral CT, digital screening
mammography and open MRI. The
radiologists of Medical Imaging Consultants
will provide interpretation services of all
imaging procedures.
The new open MRI will serve as the strongest
of this type of technology in Longview at
1.2 tesla, providing the highest quality images
available. With its robust magnetic field
strength, the open MRI will provide better
quality pictures at a faster rate. This allows the
radiologists to have a clearer picture of what they are viewing and diagnosing. And, the
open equipment offers a less stressful
testing experience for patients who are
claustrophobic. Having these diagnostic
tools readily available for the emergency and
orthopedic patients will also be convenient
for the patient so they are able to receive
needed testing in one location.
All radiology images, lab results and
emergency visits will be saved to the Good
Shepherd digital network making patients'
test results and medical records readily
available to physicians and nursing staff
should the patient become hospitalized at
the Medical Center for extended care.
The facility also utilizes the environment as a
healing tool incorporating an abundance of
natural light and capitalizing on the existing
outdoor amenities. The attractively
appointed offices will overlook the Institute
lake and the fully wooded area to the north
of the property allowing the patient a tranquil
experience both inside and outside of the
facility. The four main components of the
building – orthopedics, radiology, emergency
department and primary care – relate to the
four seasons, incorporating nature
throughout the interior spaces with the
colors of winter, spring, summer and fall. The
design provides a comfortable welcoming
exterior environment and an interior
environment that promotes healing. New
connecting sidewalks will also allow patients
to walk between the Institute and the new
outpatient center.
The facility was designed by Hugman
Architecture and local contractor, Transet
Company, will serve as the project's general
contractor.
For more information on the services offered at
Good Shepherd Medical Center, please contact the
Healthy Hotline at (903) 315-GSHS (4747) or visit
www.GoodShepherdHealth.org.

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