Southwest Medical Center unveils new multi-million dollar expansion

Liberal Hospital Opening

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LIBERAL, Kansas – Hospital leaders at Southwest Medical Center are showing off their new and improved facility unveiling their renovation with community leaders Friday morning.

“The emergency room will especially become more patient-friendly and physician-friendly, and I really think it’s state of the art that you can’t find any better anywhere,” said Dr. Dennis Knudsen.

The highlights include an expanded emergency room and laboratory.

A new medical office building will allow for better doctor patient interaction and an upgraded MRI machine said to be one of the most advanced in Kansas.

“We have a very impressive facility here that will go a long ways toward promoting the health and welfare of the citizens of Liberal and the entire region,” said Senator Garrett Love, Montezuma.

The upgrade will help Southwest Medical Center continue to provide quality healthcare to keep residents closer to home and even bring people from the five-state area in for their healthcare needs.

“It’s important to have good healthcare, and to have the ability to expand the hospital and have new equipment and hopefully bring in top-quality doctors to take care of our healthcare needs is very important so the community’s excited for it,” said Rep. Reid Petty, Liberal.

The $22 million project was completed on time after getting underway in 2010.

It was funded through a bond issue, and hospital officials say no tax dollars were used.

“It’ll be much more convenient for patients as well as a lot of the new equipment we put in place, especially the new MRI which is one of the best in the state of Kansas, so we’re very proud of everything we have,” said Bill Ermann, Southwest Medical Center President.

Although the unveiling was Friday, the hospital says they are still putting the finishing touches on some of the improvements including the electronic patient information systems that will be required in the coming years.

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