Myrtue Mem. Hospital $16-million renovation project nears end; open house tonight


January 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan are ready to unveil some of the new additions to the hospital. To mark the progress and near-end of the $16-million renovation project, which began in June 2011, an open house will be held today (Thursday), from 4:30 to 6:30-p.m. Dr. Bendorf, general surgeon for Myrtue Medical Center, says visitors will get a chance to see something a little different this evening.

“This is an opportunity for people to come and see the inner workings of an O-R. before it is up and running. I think it will be a good opportunity for people to come look at our new facility.” The Operating Rooms have seen quite a few upgrades with equipment and also higher ceilings which Bendorf said was the hardest challenge. “The way the lights are mounted on the ceiling, it just was really difficult to adjust and there was no way to raise the ceiling. So this is a huge improvement on that. In addition, there was no way we could do big orthopedic cases in the existing O.R’s. The increase in size will really expand our capabilities in that regard.”

The renovation project has been conducted in phases, with the Outpatient clinic and surgical center showcased for the open house this evening. Medical staff will be on-hand during the open house, to provide tours of the facility.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)