A December announcement came from St. Mary's Health Center in Jefferson City, when officials discussed a timeline for construction of its new hospital, which will cost about $200 million. The hospital, which will have 167 all-private rooms, will be designed in 2010 with construction beginning in 2012 and completed in 2014. The project will be preceded by construction of a new highway interchange on Missouri 179 adjacent to the new site on Jefferson City's west side.
St. Mary's has drawn from an unprecedented amount of involvement in the development of the new facility. Starting in 2008, function-based teams of employees, physicians and other partners have met with architects to come up with new ways of delivering healthcare based on evolving patient needs in central Missouri.
"We've definitely been dreaming big dreams," said St. Mary's President Brent VanConia. "Now it's time to roll up our sleeves, where we can put all these evidence-based ideas to paper as they become reality."
The go-ahead for planning is encouraging as the timelines had been delayed due to the economic downturn. "This is some really great news for St. Mary's and for our community," VanConia said.