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Published on March 06, 2015

St. Vincent’s Clay County to expand in 2016

By Harrison Barrus

St. Vincent’s Clay County will be doubling in size soon.

The hospital has announced a $33.1 million construction plan that will add maternity and women’s services, 30 inpatient beds, 13 treatment rooms in the emergency department and a shell to add 30 additional beds in the future.

“The Clay County community has embraced St. Vincent’s in our first 17 months of operations. We are thrilled to be expanding services to our friends and neighbors,” said Blain Claypool, president of St. Vincent’s Clay County.

St. Vincent’s plans on completing the project through donations and community support and has already received a large donation from J.Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver.

Because of their gift, the new three-story patient tower being built will be named The J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Women and Infants Pavilion.

St. Vincent’s hopes to raise more than $17 million through gifts from friends, donors and a variety of sources in support of this important project valued in excess of $33 million.

In addition to added services, this expansion will bring over 100 new jobs to Clay County.

St. Vincent’s will begin hiring in late spring 2016 to fill those new jobs.

“When we opened the hospital in October 2013 we brought economic growth to Clay County. We will be doing that again with this expansion and anticipate hiring 115 additional associates that include positions like nursing and techs to registration,” said Claypool.

Construction is due to begin this spring and the opening of the facility is tentatively scheduled for late summer of 2016.

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