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Saint Alphonsus improvements a welcome investment in Malheur County

The community got a dose of good news last week when Saint Alphonsus Medical Center unveiled its latest change in Ontario. Hospital officials pulled back the curtains on all-new patient rooms, the result of an $11 million makeover. In a time when health care seems to be in constant turmoil, this sort of investment in local medical care is important.

Guests got to tour the modernized rooms during last week’s open house and blessing. The work was done to improve hospital operations, but also to make a hospital stay more endurable. The rooms don’t have that typical sterile feel of a medical unit. The soft colors, furnishings and lighting all provide what one hospital official termed a “soothing environment.” Anyone who has ever had to stay over in any hospital would especially appreciate that change.

The remodeling moves onto a . . .