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Residents Tour Wilbarger General Hospital's Renovated Wing

<P>Vernon residents spent this afternoon at Wilbarger General Hospital touring a newly renovated section of the third floor.</P> <P>Mechell Dixon also took the tour and joins us now with more.</P>

The $2.5 million dollar renovation project at Wilbarger General Hospital is halfway done.

The north wing of the third floor is complete and that's what residents toured this Friday and they're happy to see that the hospital is now going high-tech.

Residents flocked to Wilbarger General Hospital for a happy occasion.

View the newly renovated north wing of the third floor.

The hospital transformed drab, sterile room into colorful private rooms.

And while these room have character, they now allow patients to receive top quality care through technology.

"What this does is allow us to scan our badge and the patient's arm band and medication and make a real-time documentation," says Wilbarger General Hospital CEO Jonathon Voelkel.

According to hospital officials, the renovation is funded through federal stimulus dollars and reserve money collected over the past 15 years.

And while the renovations were necessary officials say the couldn't help but make an important addition.

This area is where the hospital used to stop, but hospital administrators decided to extend the floor by about six feet so they could put in this waiting area with a wonderful view."

And many who toured the facility say they give it, and the modernized hospital rooms, a thumbs up.

"They're nice. Very nice. I don't want to be in one of them but if I need to go to the hospital that'd be a good place to be," says Vernon resident Alice Parker.

The final state inspection on the newly renovated north wing is scheduled for Tuesday and once approved, patients will begin occupying the 12 new rooms while crews get to work renovation the south wing.

Hospital officials expect to have all construction complete by the beginning of next year.

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