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.

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  • Allen

    Boone County and Southern West Virginia has carried this state for years with the contributions made from coal severance tax. You better hope people are still living in Boone County!!!

    • Dumb Liberals

      Hard to "support" the state with an industry under a death sentence from the m0r0n, his Gestapo, and the tree hugging - bark burned, liberal leftist, democratic, (d)'s that voted for, supported, paid dues to the unions that supported him. WV Democrats - doing the same thing election after election expecting a better life, yet remaining slaves to themselves and their stupidity.

  • Dumb Liberals

    Will anyone still live in Boone Co come ribbon cutting time?

    • Dave

      Maybe Jesco White's family will still be around in some capacity