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An architect's conception of expansion plans announced May 23, 2013, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City.

An architect's conception of expansion plans announced May 23, 2013, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City.

Editor's note: This version expands upon the original version posted at 11:36 a.m.

Capital Region Medical Center announced Friday a $35 million expansion to its main Jefferson City campus at 1125 Madison St.

The expansion will add 115,000 square feet to the existing hospital, increasing space by a third. It will also add 30-35 physicians, and increase hospital staff by nearly 100 employees.

“It will add rooms for ambulatory services and will include two floors of medical offices,” said Jack Pletz, chairman of CRMC’s board of directors.

The expansion will also consolidate specialty physician services provided at various Jefferson City locations.

“This new expansion project is vital to us in a number of ways,” said Dr. Randy Haight, chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs at CRMC. “It will allow us to consolidate specialty care and physician services into one convenient, easily accessible setting.”

Ed Farnsworth, president of CRMC, said the hospital’s expansion will allow for CRMC to care for patients in the most appropriate setting.

“It’s less expensive to receive care in a doctor’s office or an outpatient setting,” he said.

The proposed expansion moves the entrance of CRMC farther northeast, although the entrance will remain on Madison Street. The expanded facility will extend northeast across

Woodlawn Avenue and onto the land currently occupied by a CRMC building at 1111 Madison St. The building houses CRMC’s Resident Clinic and an obstetrician’s office. The building will be torn down, and the clinic and physician will be relocated.

These plans have not yet been approved by the city.

“In a perfect world, this is the intent,” said Amy Berendzen, CRMC’s director of marketing and public relations. “We have contingency plans if this doesn’t work out.”

Farnsworth expects to break ground on construction in the fall. The expanded facility will open in spring 2015.

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