St. Bernards expansion to be complete by 2019

St. Bernards expansion to be complete by 2019

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A $130 million expansion at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro is right on track with their plans.

St. Bernards Vice President for Senior and Affiliated Services Kevin Hodges told Talk Business and Politics about the four-phase project which is expected to be done by 2019.

The first phase involves a $9 million expansion of its cancer treatment center and it is already 70% finished.

Hodges said the expansion will put the oncologists and cancer-related programs under one roof.

The second phase will expand the heart care center and will allow doctors to use services like cardiac catheterization.

It will also include a waiting room and a pre-recovery and post-recovery area for patients.

The second phase is expected to cost $8 million and will start in the spring.

The third phase will cost $75 million which will go to building a 245,000-square-foot, three level tower with an emergency helipad.

The tower will include 14 surgery rooms, a 40-bed critical care facility, labs and a pharmacy.

The fourth phase is still being planned but will be a 205,000-square-foot renovation project that is expected to cost $28 million.

Nabholz Construction of Jonesboro has already been working on the project for the past few months.

Hodges said their main goals with the project are to recruit new doctors and help train high quality physicians.

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