A new environment for family care Harbor center undergoes $3.5 million renovation

January 14, 1996|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

Harbor Hospital Center is spending $3.5 million to consolidate services and create more comfortable surroundings for patients at its family care building.

"We know there is a need for it. The community keeps asking us for it," said Chad Dillard, a hospital spokesman.

The center will remain open during the renovation, which is expected to be completed by late fall.

Harbor Family Care opened in 1992 in the 2900 block of S. Hanover St., across from the hospital. It offers pediatric, adult and obstetrics-gynecologic services.

The center grew so rapidly that obstetrics-gynecologic services soon were moved temporarily to the Gruehn Building on the hospital's main campus.

"It was quickly apparent that they [obstetrics and gynecology] had outgrown their space in about 1 1/2 years. They were seeing about 15,000 members a year," said Barbara A. Slipsky, director of urban ambulatory services.

After the renovations, obstetrics-gynecologic services will move back to the family care center. Administrative offices, now housed in two trailers, will be moved inside.

The open space left from the days when the site was a Ford auto dealership will become separate waiting areas for pediatrics, adults and obstetrics-gynecologic patients. There will be a supervised play area for children.

The radiology department will be expanded to improve service. Only one room now is available for ultrasound, mammography and general diagnostic radiology. Three rooms will be available after renovations.

The north side of the building will become a community resource center, where people can take such programs as aerobics, fitness and screenings. A library and office space will be added.

The center is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. The phone number is 354-9622.

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