by: Hannah Sumpter, Ozarks First
CoxHealth announced Monday it will replace a hospital with one of its own in Monett.
CoxHealth will break ground in the coming months on a $42 million hospital, replacing the current facility built in 1953, according to the release.
“Our current hospital has served the community well over these six decades, but we believe it’s time to grow and a new facility is part of that,” said Darren Bass, president of Cox Monett Hospital, in the release. “We’re very excited for this project, and believe it will raise the standard of care we’re able to offer patients in this region.”
The new hospital will be a 70,000-square-foot facility featuring an enhanced Emergency Department, multiple operating rooms, and an attached office building that will house physician clinics, 40 exam rooms as well as a cardiac rehab facility, according to the release.
According to the release, it is all part of CoxHealth’s efforts to ensure that populations in rural areas have access to the health care they need.
“When someone is having a heart attack or a stroke, time is of the essence to ensure optimal recovery. Critical access hospitals like Cox Monett are vital to offering that care for patients,” says Steve Edwards, president and CEO of CoxHealth. “It’s a privilege to be able to offer this level of service in a rural area where it’s so desperately needed.”
After breaking ground, it’s estimated the project will take around two years to complete, according to the release.
Cox Monett Hospital began in 1953 as St. Vincent Hospital. It joined CoxHealth in 1993 and is one of CoxHealth’s two critical-access hospitals. The other – Cox Barton County Hospital – is located in Lamar.