CHRISTUS Highland Celebrates New West Wing Opening


by Jordan Harris

CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier celebrated the official ribbon cutting of the new West Wing addition at CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center in Shreveport on January 14. The West Wing is an expansion of services and facilities to the Highland campus, funded by a $60 million investment that was announced in 2013.

“Today is a true milestone in our ministry,” Isaac Palmer, CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier CEO, said. “The West Wing is proof that CHRISTUS Health is committed to this community and that we are here to stay. We are not only celebrating the opening of the West Wing. We celebrate our expansion into Bossier; we celebrate the wound care and breast center who are housed at the CHRISTUS Specialty Care Center. We celebrate our Associates, medical staff, volunteers, and our community who have supported us and understand our vision of bringing health care to where people live and work. Most importantly, we celebrate our legacy in this community that Dr. T. E. Schumpert started 120 years ago.”

The West Wing will be home to the CHRSTUS Cancer Treatment Center (first floor), hospital pharmacy (first floor), The Birth Place/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (second floor), Acute Comprehensive Inpatient Rehab (third floor), and other office and conference space.

“This is a significant expansion of CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center. The entire campus, including the separate wound care and imaging centers, has been redesigned and expanded to better meet the needs of patients and medical staff,” said Stephen Wright, Senior Vice President Group Operations CHRISTUS Health.

“We are most excited about being together with our CHRISTUS family again in the new building with the state of the art facilities,” Dr. Scott Boniol, medical director of the CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center, said. “This transition to a new building is like having a new church. At the end of the day it’s not the building that makes the church, but the congregation. In our new location, we are providing our patients with the same people who have such pride in what they do, the same humility and dignity. The West Wing is a new building, but it will still have our CHRISTUS family and values, and that’s what makes the difference.”

A faith-based, not-for-profit health system, CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier is part of CHRISTUS Health, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. CHRISTUS is among the 10 largest Catholic health systems in the country and one of the 20 largest of all health systems in the nation. CHRISTUS Health Shreveport Bossier has provided health care in Northwest Louisiana for over 100 years. Their mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

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