CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A hospital face lift could offer Cape Girardeau an economic boost.
Administrators with Saint Francis Medical Center announced an extensive expansion and renovation project Sunday morning that will help put people to work.
"From now until the end of construction, we anticipate generating more than 500 full-time contracting jobs," said Steven Bjelich, president and CEO of Saint Francis Medical Center. "We also estimate about 45 current Saint Francis employees will work to complete the interior space of the new building, and anticipate a community impact of about 100 new jobs in nursing and other medical and support roles once the project is complete."
The announcement of jobs coming to the region comes as good news to Cape Girardeau city leaders. Mayor Harry Rediger says he's proud the hospital is moving forward on the project in spite of the current economic climate.
"Our city and region will surely benefit from the hundreds of jobs created from this ambitious project for decades to come," Rediger said.
Plans include the construction of a new Orthopedic and Neurosciences Center. The five-story tower with surgical and medical services will feature private patient rooms. According to hospital officials, private rooms help control infection and create more comfortable atmosphere for healing.
Another new addition planned is a Women and Children's Pavilion to be built off of the existing Family BirthPlace and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) on the northeast side of the Medical Center.
"We have chosen to expand our facility and services further so that we can be better equipped to serve the needs of our community," said Bjelich. "The more new technology and smart changes the Medical Center embraces, the more good we can do for the health and wellness of our patients and the community."
Construction on the $127 million project is expected to begin early next year and be completed in 2016.