CoxHealth is upgrading its facilities serving rural southwest Missouri with a new $42 million hospital in Monett, the Springfield-based hospital system announced Monday.
The 70,000-square-foot structure will replace a current hospital built in the 1950s.
The investment is part of CoxHealth’s effort to ensure that residents of rural areas have access to health care, the company said in a press release.
“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,” CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards said in the release. “It’s a privilege to be able to offer this level of service in a rural area where it’s so desperately needed.”
The facility is expected to include an emergency department and multiple operating rooms, as well as an attached building that will house clinics, exam rooms and a cardiac rehab center, according to the release.
Construction is expected to take two years after ground is broken on the project.