New St. Joe Med Center Begins Building

The dirt is moving and the concrete is pouring.

Workers at the site of the new Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center celebrated a milestone Wednesday.

Dozens of trucks full of concrete filed into the Douglas Road site.

Construction crews have been digging and preparing the land for months now.

This is the first time those crews have been able to pour concrete and start building the hospital's foundation.

Nancy Hellyer, CEO and President for the Med Center stated, "The part they are pouring today is the central core. The part that will have the elevator shafts and the main center of the building. We will be moving out to the east and the west and the north and the south with further sections of the building. But I really think it says we are building the hospital. It's coming!”

The work will continue for a couple of more years.

Workers expect to be finished with the new 254-room facility in 2009.

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