SHREVEPORT, LA (Good Medical) – A Louisiana health system has officially announced the launch of a $ 43 million project aimed at renovating its Shreveport medical center.

The CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System said Thursday that the 24-month Highland Medical Center expansion project was starting this month, KTBS-TV reported . During construction, all hospital services will remain open.

The Highland 100 plan includes a host of improvements and renovations. Major projects include rebuilding, relocating and doubling the emergency room, adding additional rooms for hospitalized patients, expanding the cardiac catheterization lab, adding an entrance dedicated to cardiology patients , renovation of waiting rooms and patient rooms and transfer of outpatient physical therapy to an independent facility.

Hospital officials said in a press release that the plan responds to a growing demand and changing community needs for health care.

"This project is focused on the future and the patient, which allows us to improve access to health care for future generations and the compassionate and confessional care we are aware of." said Isaac Palmer, general manager, CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System. "We call this Highland 100 because it builds on our legacy of more than a century of service to the people of this region. The construction will reach more than 100 patient care areas in the hospital and will bring total investments in this department to more than $ 100 million since our strategic repositioning in 2013. "

CHRISTUS chose a local contractor, Hand Construction, for the project. Hand Construction has worked with CHRISTUS on many projects over the past 30 years, including the construction of the CHRISTUS Bossier emergency hospital.

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Information from: KTBS-TV, http://ktbs.com