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St. Vincent’s Clay County to Expand in 2016

J. Wayne & Delores Barr Weaver Contribute Lead Gift for Project


St. Vincent’s Clay County – a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest non-profit health system – 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 Clay County could have never opened without the generous support of St. Vincent’s friends and donors. The same is true this time around. The Weavers have generously given the lead gift for this project. St. Vincent’s Clay County’s new 3-story patient tower will be named: The J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Women and Infants Pavilion.

“We are truly blessed to have the support of the Weavers. Their lead gift will enable us to seek additional gifts in a capital campaign for this much needed expansion at St. Vincent’s Clay County,” said Jane R. Lanier, CFRE, President & System Chief Development Officer, St. Vincent’s Foundation.

“Like our founding religious sponsors, Ascension is dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of individuals in the communities that we’re privileged to serve,” said Patricia A. Maryland, Dr.PH, President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer of Ascension Health. “For the people of Clay County and surrounding areas, that means new and expanded services through this project to grow St. Vincent’s Clay County. We’re excited that the community is supporting this expansion and look forward to further serving the community.”

St. Vincent’s hopes to raise more than $17 million through gifts from good 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 opportunity to Clay County. St. Vincent’s will begin hiring in late spring 2016 to fill a variety of new roles.

“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. Opening is tentatively scheduled for late summer 2016.