At a packed open house on Tuesday evening, Good Shepherd Health Care System showed off its new Women’s Center and introduced the community to five new doctors.
The sleek new 11,000 square foot Women’s Center, across from the old one, will have more space and give Good Shepherd the capacity to hire more providers, something Women’s Center Medical Director Gary Trupp said was important for women’s health in the area.
“The board gave me the approval to incorporate midwives into our practice,” Trupp said. “We feel this is a big step for healthcare in Hermiston.”
The center, which cost $10 million, had been a long time coming, Good Shepherd administrators said, noting that it had taken a four year wait and about two years of construction to complete the project.
CEO Dennis Burke also introduced five new healthcare providers that have joined Good Shepherd. They included Matthew Carlson, an urgent care doctor; Allen Damien, a pediatrician; Patrick Harrison, an orthopedic surgeon; Todd Jones, a general and venous surgeon and Chris Scott, a chiropractor. He also shared some tidbits about each doctor. Carlson, who used to live in Henderson, Nevada, provided emergency care at a trauma center during the recent Nevada shootings. Scott is a Hermiston native who was formerly a competitive athlete. Jones is fluent in Spanish.
After speeches, women’s center staff took visitors on tours of the new facility, showing off features such as the exam rooms (all of which have sound-proof barn doors), the procedure rooms and the ultrasound rooms, which will allow doctors to work with high-risk patients.
Dr. Allison Khavkin is one of four providers currently working for the Women’s Center. She said she was excited about the growth potential the new space offered. The hospital said in a news release that the extra space will allow it to keep up with the rapidly-growing Hermiston population.
Khavkin, a Canada native, has been in Hermiston for about a year, and said Hermiston was the only place in Eastern Oregon with a facility to handle high-risk pregnancies.
“It’s convenient for patients to do care here,” she said. “And we also work with Legacy Health in Portland, which is nice for high-risk patients.”
She said the new space should make daily operations a little smoother. She said they were also looking forward to adding more midwives and nurse practitioners to the practice.