PULLMAN — Ten rooms are part of an expansion of Pullman Regional Hospital’s Same Day Services unit.

The rooms occupy 5,000 square feet on the first story of a 10,000-square-foot, $3 million expansion that opens Monday.

The additional rooms will meet a growing demand for services such as blood transfusions, infusions, antibiotic therapies and intravenous hydration.

“This just alleviates all of the backlog,” said Pat Wright, president of the hospital’s foundation board.

The 10 rooms are on the first floor of the two-story addition. The upper story will house a laboratory that will be completed at a later date.

The hospital will continue to use 12 other rooms in its Same Day Services unit for patients going into or coming out of procedures such as hernia repair, colonoscopies and knee arthroscopy.

The new space was designed by architects from Design West to be functional, spacious, calm and comfortable, said Joe Bazzola, project manager for the firm. Flat-screen televisions and sliding glass doors that allow natural light into the rooms were installed to help meet those goals.

“We did not want that sterile, scary, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m in a hospital’ thing,” Bazzoli said.

Patients often spend hours at the facility, so staff wanted them to feel separate from the “hustle and bustle” of the rest of the hospital, said Dana Srikanth, director of Same Day Services.

Dave Ruddick, who was visiting the unit at a recent open house, appreciated the upgrades.

“It was well-planned, it looks like,” Ruddick said.

Kuipers can be contacted at akuipers@dnews.com or (208) 883-4640.

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