MADISON, W.Va. — Construction is officially underway on the planned replacement facility for Boone Memorial Hospital in Madison. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was among the officials on hand for Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the project.
The new hospital will sit next door to the existing hospital that first opened in 1964.
Earlier this year, hospital officials announced a $31.8 million loan from the USDA had been secured for the new hospital. It’s being called the largest direct loan ever in West Virginia from the USDA.
Officials with Boone Memorial Hospital said they’d worked for eight years to secure funding for the replacement hospital project. “The USDA loan has made the construction of the new hospital feasible,” said Tommy Mullins, Boone Memorial Hospital CEO.
The new Boone Memorial Hospital could be open to patients by the end of 2016.