SHILOH — Right now, it is a field. But in about two years, a new hospital in Shiloh will be treating its first patients.
Dignitaries, administrators and employees broke ground Sunday on the 94-bed, $124 million Memorial Hospital-East, at the 95-acre site of the new hospital in the 1400 block of Cross Street in Shiloh.
"The change in the health care field is rapid. Memorial Hospital East is the next step in responding to community health needs," said Mark Turner, Memorial Hospital president and chief executive officer.
The hospital will feature all-private patient rooms, a family care birthing center, an intensive care unit, emergency department, surgical suites and will provide diagnostic services, including imaging and heart catheterization.
The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved Memorial's application in 2011, three years after the land for the hospital was purchased.
Construction is being headed by Holland Construction Inc., of Swansea, and Pepper Construction Group, of Chicago.
Memorial Hospital currently operates a facility in west Belleville and will continue there, Turner said.
"We are committed to Belleville," Turner said.
Turner told those at the groundbreaking ceremony that the group told the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board that the hospital would treat its first patient by June of 2016, though he thought it would be more like April, 2016.
"As you look out and see where this large hospital will be, envision what it will mean to the lives of those who will be treated here," Turner said. "It improves the community. It provides access to health care. It extends lives."