An $18 million expansion project is underway at Mercy Hospital Clermont.
Hospital employees, elected officials and community members came out to the groundbreaking Oct. 19. Bulldozers and dump trucks were the backdrop for the ceremony. Construction is well underway as builders have been working since mid-September.
The expansion project involves three phases and is expected to be completed by 2008.
According to Mark Shugarman, President and CEO of Mercy Clermont, additions to the hospital include a three-story medical office building, which will be attached to the hospital by a connector building, an expanded Intensive Care Unit and an increase in the number of acute care beds and private rooms.
The medical office building for house up to 25 physicians. The first floor will house outpatient services such as cardiac rehabilitation and physical, speech and occupational therapy. The connector will be also be three stories tall and include a new main lobby and new visitor elevator.
Construction on the new and expanded Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is set to begin in 2007. The ICU is the second phase of the project and it will be built on top of the Emergency Department. The ICU will expand from 12 to 16 beds.
The third phase includes the renovation of the existing ICU and the development of 23 additional private rooms.
Pete Gemmer, spokesman for Mercy Hospital Clermont, said that the new office building and renovation will help bring more physicians to the area while keeping up with all new medical technologies.