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$20 Million expansion at Northside Medical Center complete

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On Tuesday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the opening of the hospitals expanded emergency department and new main entrance.

The snip of a ribbon completed 11 months of construction.

"Our goal was to design and construct a facility that was more accessible and convenient for our patients," said Kent Brown, Northside Chief Operating Officer.

A 30,000 square foot tower expands the emergency department with 21 new exam and trauma rooms.

"All of our rooms are private rooms, hard walls. No more curtain cubicles," said Brown.

The three story tower also created a new main lobby for registration, pre-admission testing, a waiting area and gift shop.

This is the new face of Northside Medical Center but administrators emphases it goes beyond the bricks and mortar.

"The new face is us, the employees here, and even if you've worked here 30 years, we're working in a new space. We have new processes, new ways of taking care of people," said Brown.

The project also modernized more than 28,000 square feet of existing hospital space with enhanced surgical services. It wasn't that long ago that Northside was struggling through Forum Health's bankruptcy with concerns the hospital might close, but this ceremony looked to the future and as a new beginning for Northside Medical Center.

"So, this day, this opening is the result of a lot of hard work and a lot of money and it's the beginning of growth the beginning of a wonderful new time for us," said Sandy Kessler, Board Chairman, Northside Medical.

An open house for the public will be held on Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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