Madison, FL-November 18, 2012
Madison County Officials broke ground on the site for a new hospital Sunday.
The $22.5 million dollar facility is being built just up the road from the current Madison County Memorial Hospital along Marion Street.
The hospital is being paid for through a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The old hospital will become school administrative buildings.
The new hospital will be a state-of-the-art, 25 bed facility capable of handling everything from surgical procedures to rehab.
It will replace the other facility that is more than 50 years old and deemed by officials to be too antiquated to handle the county's growing healthcare needs.
"The medicare population, which is sixty-five years and older will quadruple over the next eight years across the county. Accessibility, having a hospital in the middle of a rural area this size will absolutely mean life or death," says David Abercombie, CEO of Madison County Memorial Hospital.
The hospital is also expected to help bring in jobs. About 185 people are expected help build the hospital. In addition to those jobs, about 20 nurses, therapists and physicians will also work there.
Construction of the site starts November 26. The hospital opens in the spring of 2014.