Texas County Memorial Hospital will host a public groundbreaking ceremony at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 28, for a 59,000 square foot expansion project.
The groundbreaking will be held at the site of the planned expansion: the hospital’s front parking lot.
The expansion – the largest in the hospital’s 53-year history – will feature a two story structure. The ground floor will house a 13-bed emergency department, a radiology suite and an expanded registration area. The second floor will feature a 32-bed medical surgical floor with private patient rooms. Additional renovation and remodeling will be done inside the hospital’s current structure as departments are moved to the new structure.
To fund the expansion, TCMH received an $18.1 million, low-interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The 59,000 square foot expansion will be funded with $16.9 million. The second phase of renovation total $1.2 million in loan funds.
“I hope that everyone that’s interested will come out and take part in this very special day in the history of our county hospital,” said Wes Murray, chief executive officer, said.
Subcontractor bids for the project will be accepted during May and opened in early June. Construction equipment will begin to arrive on site in mid-June with construction beginning in July.
The complete expansion project is expected to take 14 months to complete. Related renovation will begin after new construction is complete and will take about eight months.
The groundbreaking ceremony is open to the public.