Missouri-based Ozarks Medical Center has plans to expand hospital totaling 100,00ft2 and open a new 15,000ft2 Women’s Centre with an investment of $40m.

This project will help bring all of OMC’s speciality clinics and ancillary services to one location, which will inturn help patients to register, schedule at one counter and avail other services, all in one building.

The expansion of a Medical Office Building (MOB) will join the primary hospital to the Shaw Medical Building.

OMC president and CEO Tom Keller said: “This expansion gives us the ability to bring new clinicians and physicians to our community, so that patients can have more access to specialised care.

“The hospital expansion and the new Women’s Center will add another much-needed component: convenience of care.”

Construction of the project is expected to begin in January, 2018. Work on the MOB is expected to complete in approximately two years while the schedule for the Women’s Center will be announced at a later date.

OMC is a not-for-profit health care network employing over 1,200 people and serving an eight-county area in south central Missouri and north central Arkansas.

It has a 114-bed acute care hospital, eight primary care centres and fifteen specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation and home care services.

OMC Facilities and Planning and Development director Josh Reeves said: “This will create a tremendous amount of economic development in West Plains and south central Missouri.

“Not only will jobs be created during the construction phase, but the potential for adding additional clinical services will create a sustainable pipeline of jobs for the OMC service area.

“This is an exciting time for our community and OMC Over the last few years, great strides have been made in patient safety and the quality of care. This expansion continues to build on the accomplishments of the co-workers at OMC. We want OMC to be a place that our community can be proud of. This investment in our community will help us to continue to fulfil Ozarks Medical Center’s mission of providing exceptional, compassionate care to all we serve.”