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St. Vincent’s Clay County to Begin Expansion Project

St. Vincent's Clay County expansion rendering

St. Vincent’s Clay County – a ministry of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system – will break ground on its $33.1 million expansion project on May 22nd, 2015 at 10 a.m. J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, who have given the lead gift for this project, will be present at the ceremony. Many donors, community leaders and friends will be turning the dirt at the construction site. The event will also serve as a blessing and a dedication for the new building, which will be named the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Women and Infants Pavilion. 

The expansion will mean a doubling in size for the medical center, adding 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 architect and builder will be present at the event. St. Vincent’s will begin hiring in late spring 2016 to fill more than 100 new positions in a variety of fields, both clinical and non-clinical.

“We’re excited to be adding much needed maternity services for women seeking care close to their homes,” said St. Vincent’s Clay County President Blain Claypool. “In addition to expanding care, we are creating opportunity in this great community by serving as an economic engine. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Various groups from the Clay County community will be performing, including the Middleburg High School Band, the Clay County Sheriff's Office Pipes and Drums and Honor Guard, Oakleaf High School Chorus, W.E. Cherry Elementary School Chorus and the Wilkinson Junior High School Band. Black Hog Farm will also be there with a sample of offerings from its mobile farmers market.

The event will be festive and fun, celebrating this wonderful addition to the Clay County community. Opening of the expansion is tentatively scheduled for late summer 2016.