Huntsville Hospital is one step closer to expanding as they are now seeking the state's approval to add a new 250 million dollar patient tower.
Waay 31 spoke with Huntsville Hospital's CEO, David Spillers, to find out how they plan to pay for the multi-million dollar project and what obstacles could stand in their way. Spillers tells WAAY 31 the approval process from the state takes about 90 days, but design and construction will take about 24 to 30 months.
The 300 thousand square foot building will have 72 new patient rooms as well as 24 new operating rooms. Spillers says it will be about the same size as their hospital in Madison and the hospital plans to pay for the 250 million dollar project solely on their own.
"We get no tax support, we have to fund it out of our own operating funds and our own reserves. We always try to have a little bit of money left over, we've been saving for some big projects like this, knowing that Huntsville was going be growing, knowing we were going have to increase the capacity to be able to take care of the community.
Spillers says it's much like buying a house. They will use some of their savings and borrow the rest.
He also tells WAAY 31 the biggest obstacle could be someone objecting to the new patient tower once it's reviewed by the state.
"Part of this process is somebody could oppose us, I hope no one would do that I think it would be very detrimental to the community, but if no one opposes us we're looking at just over 3 years to have it complete.
Spillers also says this is one of several large projects they are working on to expand Huntsville Hospital and that over the next 4 years they are looking at about 500 million dollars in new investments.