POSTED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 11:14am
Longview, TX — Longview Regional Medical Center’s beginnings were on some officials’ minds Tuesday as they celebrated the next phase in the hospital’s life.
The hospital is opening the doors this week on the first phase of an expansion that will, in the end, about double the hospital’s capacity, from 131 beds to 230, while bringing new and expanded services to the hospital’s patients.
“Today is an historical moment in our community,” Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt told a crowd of local officials, hospital employees and others who had gathered for the celebration.
A small hospital came to Longview 33 years ago, he said.
“Today, I’m proud to say that small hospital of 33 years ago has grown up,” Stoudt said.
Work will continue through next year, including renovating some existing portions of the hospital, building additional parking and constructing a new 80,000-square-foot medical office building.
Read more  from the Longview News-Journal.