JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --St. Vincent's Medical Center is marking a milestone in construction of it's Clay County facility. The team is placing a celebratory construction beam to signify the first phase of construction.
"This is such an exciting time for St. Vincent's HealthCare," said Moody Chisholm, President and CEO of St. Vincent's HealthCare. "The placement of this beam means we are one step closer to bringing our Mission and our quality care to the doorsteps of the people in Clay County."
More than 300 construction workers were hired for the project, which began construction in May. Already, there have been 14,000 man hours worked to build the hospital. The 64-bed hospital will officially open its doors to patients in October 2013.
The hospital project is considered Clay County's largest one-time investment. With the opening of the medical center, the medical office building and nearby complementary businesses, the economic impact on the county is expected to be more than $52 million over the coming three years.
"St. Vincent's Medical Center Clay County was a dream that's now being made possible because of the hard work, passion and dedication of St. Vincent's HealthCare, Ascension Health and our donors and community leaders who care deeply about improving the lives of their neighbors," said Jane Lanier, President and System Chief Development Officer for the St. Vincent's HealthCare Foundation. "Because of everyone's commitment and generosity, we are able to celebrate this major milestone."
The 147,000 square foot medical center will include an emergency room with a separate family entrance and waiting area along with dedicated pediatric rooms. In addition to the full-service hospital, a medical office building will be located at the site with various physician offices, which are expected to bring approximately 300 additional jobs to the Clay County area.