Hospital ribbon cutting Sunday

Tia Lynn Ivey Community

The new Morgan Medical Center, the $35 million replacement hospital, is set to open later this month after years of hospital and local leaders collaborating to fund and build the new state-of-the-art hospital.

In September of 2017, hospital officials, elected officials, state officials and community leaders gathered at the then open site on Lions Club Road in Madison, to commemorate the start of the long-waited construction process with a traditional a groundbreaking ceremony. Those leaders will gather once more to celebrate the hospital’s completion with a ribbon cutting and guided tour on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The new hospital is located at 1740 Lions Club Road.

“The wait is almost over,” said a release from the Morgan Medical Center, which will begin accepting patients on December 19. “Patients will have access to an updated ER featuring the latest technology to modern operating suites and spacious private rooms.”

The new hospital is about 74,000 square-feet and filled with top-of-the-line medical equipment.

Hospital leaders fought an uphill battle to achieve a new hospital in Morgan County, overcoming leadership changes, funding issues, and legal challenges from local citizens opposing the project.  But now that the hospital is built and the doors will soon swing open to the public, leaders believe it was worth the fight.

“A new hospital for the citizens of Morgan County is a project that has been in the works for over a decade,” said MMH CEO Ralph Castillo earlier this year. “Our patients deserve quality care locally with all of the services that a modern facility will enable.  Our staff members are dedicated to becoming a ‘patient focused center of excellence’ and this facility will help make that vision a reality.”

In June of 2015, the Morgan County Board of Commissioners took a chance on the hospital project, increasing funding to Morgan Memorial Hospital up to $1 million for the next 25 years. Since then, hospital leaders received loans and grants to fund the construction of the new hospital.

“It’s truly an amazing thing,” said John Moore, Chairman of the Morgan Memorial Hospital Authority earlier this year. “Very soon the community in Morgan County will be appreciative, as well.”

To get a sneak peak of the new hospital before the ribbon cutting, the hospital’s annual Lovelight Fundraiser will also be held at the new hospital on Thursday, Dec. 6. At 5:30 p.m. The Love Light Tree Fundraiser is one of the hospital’s premier fundraising, giving the public the opportunity to purchase a light on the hospital’s Christmas tree to honor a loved one.

“This year Love Light will be held on the new hospital campus.  Anyone purchasing a light, as well as those individuals they honor with the light purchase, will be invited to the event.  This will be the first public opportunity to see the new hospital.  There will be several enhancements to the event this year including commemorative ornaments that will hang on the tree and then given to honorees following the Christmas season,” said Megan Morris, director of communications and public relations for the Morgan Medical Center. “ We consider it an honor to be the beneficiary of an event that reflects the true heart of our community…standing together to honor and remember those individuals who continue to mean so much.”

“The people of Madison and Morgan County never fail to come through in support of a worthy cause.  This year’s Love Light Tree fundraiser is proving to be no exception!  We are excited to have the opportunity to share the new facility with the community and are looking forward to a wonderful evening!” said Anne Trulock, the event co-chair.

“We are so grateful for the dedication and hard work shown by our auxiliary members who come together to pull off such a successful fundraiser each year.  Our Love Light Co-Chairs, Sally Hoge and Anne Trulock, have a special party planned once again!” added Morris.

Hospital leaders are excited for the public to finally get a look at the new hospital and encourage community members to come out to the Love Light Tree fundraiser and Ribbon Cutting before the hospital officially opens for business on Dec. 19.

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