Mercy Hospital Springfield on Monday unveiled the first part of a three-phase, $80 million heart hospital, celebrating the new facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony after more than two years of renovations.
The first phase of the facility includes diagnostic imaging and cardiac nuclear medicine. It’s expected to welcome its first patients early next month.
All three phases are projected to be completed by 2020.
The new facility helps meet a growing need in the market, Mercy officials said. Dr. David Cochran, the hospital’s vice-president of heart, lung and vascular services, said Springfield’s population has a higher rate of heart problems than many other regions, and that the city’s population is aging and growing.
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