Magruder Hospital celebrates the renovation of 1 South Featured

Left to right: Chuck Miller, Jim Sass, Lee Vivod, Paul Shaw, Todd Almendinger, Dr. Vinay Gudena, Laura Muller, Brad Hickman and Laura Schlachter.

On Monday, Feb. 3, Magruder Hospital held an open house and ribbon cutting for the newly renovated 1 South wing of the hospital. 1 South is home to the oncology department which is partnered with University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Physicians offering hematology services and infusion therapy, sleep medicine, outpatient cardiac clinic, respiratory therapy and services and an employee health station.

“The entire wing is dedicated to oncology and outpatient services,” said Kathy Durflinger, RN, Vice President of Nursing. “We want to keep the area private for a healing environment.”

The oncologists themselves were involved in the design and layout of the area; there are many calming and relaxing images.  One wall panel is covered in beautiful green leafed trees by the oncology department. Durflinger explained that the natural lighting was taken into consideration when building the panel. When the light comes in from the window and through the panel, it looks like a forest projecting sun rays through the branches and leaves.

Panels with natural light coming behind them for a calming environment on 1 South.

“This has been a major reconstruction; it’s definitely beyond a facelift,” said Durflinger.

Staff, volunteers and people of the community were very excited to see the renovation.

“There are three things that make Port Clinton great,” said former mayor Tom Brown, “the hospital, schools and the volunteer programs.”

For more information about Magruder Hospital, 1 South or the many health programs the hospital has to offer visit

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