Work begins on new St. Mary’s

Sister Evelyn Peterman delivers the invocation Wednesday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the St. Mary’s Health Center’s new hospital.

Sister Evelyn Peterman delivers the invocation Wednesday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the St. Mary’s Health Center’s new hospital. Photo by Julie Smith.

The new St. Mary’s Health Center is one step closer to becoming a reality.

On Wednesday, nearly 300 people gathered as local dignitaries, St. Mary’s officials and employees broke ground on the 167-bed facility, while others watched the historic event live on the Internet.

The $200 million complex is scheduled to be open by January 2015.

Started 107 years ago in a small four- or five-room house on Elm Street, St. Mary’s new home was touted by Mayor Eric Struemph as being the single largest economic development project in Jefferson City.

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