Mud now, medicine later: Memorial Hospital-East on schedule

News-DemocratMay 14, 2014 

If you're traveling along Frank Scott Parkway in Shiloh, you'll see more activity and steel beams being erected at the site of the future Memorial Hospital-East.

Steel went up this week at the site of the new 207,000-square-foot, 94-bed all private room hospital, located at 1404 Cross St.

"We are on schedule and if the weather cooperates we will finish with steel in early September," said administrator Ruth Holmes.

In the next few months, she said, "The community will see the actual framework of the building begin to take shape."

On Wednesday, trucks, bulldozers and other construction vehicles and workers in hard hats could be seen at the site, a large muddy field with the beginnings of a gray foundation, across South Lincoln Street the from St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church.

In addition, a web cam will help visitors stay abreast of construction progress. It can be found at the hospital's website: http://www.memhospeast.com/.

"The Web camera is a great opportunity to let the entire community, employees, physicians and volunteers watch the progress of the new hospital as the building becomes a reality," Holmes said.

The News-Democrat earlier reported that the hospital will open in early 2016.

The hospital's website, which includes a timeline, said the substantial completion of the hospital will be during the first quarter of 2016 and the first patient will be admitted by the second quarter of that year.

"We are projecting at this time to be opening in April of 2016," Holmes said.

Contact reporter Maria Hasenstab at mhasenstab@bnd.com or 618-239-2460.

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