TCMH breaks ground for new expansion

With silver shovels and white hard hats, Texas County Memorial Hospital representatives broke ground April 28, 2011, on the largest expansion in the hospital’s 53-year history.
More than 100 people attended the public ceremony on the hospital’s front parking lot that marked the beginning of a 59,000 square foot expansion project.
CEO Wes Murray said construction should begin 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 expansion 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.

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