Construction will soon begin on a new hospital in North Caddo Parish.
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held at the North Caddo Medical Center on Monday in Vivian, where the critical access 25 bed hospital will be built in phases on the same site.
Marketing Director Mary Coil says the new hospital will be double the size of the original hospital, which is nearly 50 years old.
While it will have the same number of beds, but instead of semi-private rooms separated into suites, the new rooms will be private. The hospital will also have 4 emergency beds, all private.
The nearby clinics will be moved into the new facility.
Coil says the old hospital will remain open during the construction of the new hospital. "They will build a portion, and tear down a portion," explains Coil.
With the new I-49 corridor coming through the area, Coil says the hospital, which runs its own ambulance service, expects traffic to increase significantly. "That's going to be a large increase of patients in need, so we know this new facility will help cover that need in the area."
Coil points to the example in DeSoto Parish, where she says just 6 new miles of I-49 increased their ambulance volume significantly. "So we're going to have 22 miles versus 6, so we expect our run volume to increase greatly."
Technology and needs have also changed since the hospital was first built, and Coil says the facility "just needed to be updated to accommodate the new technology, and efficient workflow, as well as privacy."
Construction on the $18 million, 3-phase project is expected to begin in the next 3 weeks.
Coil says the majority of the cost will be covered by revenue from the hospital, which is owned by the hospital service district of the northern area of Caddo Parish. Taxpayers approved a 1 cent sales tax in April to pay a portion of the cost of the new facility, which continues only for the life of the loan.
Officials expect to have the new building completed by 2016.
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