St. Joseph Regional Health Center is expanding to meet the needs of a growing community.
It broke ground Wednesday on a new emergency and trauma center expansion that will further enhance emergency care for residents of the Brazos Valley.
The $21 million facility will feature larger hospital rooms, additional ambulance bays, a new helicopter landing site and specially designed trauma rooms.
St. Joseph says it receives more than 90,000 visits to its six emergency departments each year and that number is expected to grow as the population increases.
"We get trauma patients from all the surrounding rural counties and we are getting trauma patients from this community as well," Interim Director of Trauma Surgery Bryan Parrent said. "We just need more services in the emergency room, we need more rooms, we need more space."
The new facility, which will be approximately 29,000 square feet, will roughly double the size of the current St. Joseph emergency department. It will connect to the south end of the tower and have frontage along Memorial Drive.
The emergency and trauma center should be completed by mid-2016.