Expansion construction begins at Pittsburg hospital

Crews start pouring the foundation for the expansion of Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg.

The work began Monday morning on the cement slab for the 40,000 square foot surgery center.

Officials say the surgery center will have five operating rooms, a new family and visitor waiting area, and state of the art technology.

Despite the spotty weather, senior administrator Randy Cason says the workers are on schedule.

“We have had some rain and that slowed us down a little bit but overall we’re actually making wonderful progress today to really start coming out of the ground,” says Cason.

Cason says the facility is expected to be completed by December and that this will be the largest hospital expansion in Pittsburg since Mount Carmel was built 40 years ago.