US-based regional health system University Health has broken ground on a 166-bed acute care hospital and medical office building along the I-35 corridor in Selma, Alabama.

The University Health Retama hospital is part of wider efforts to meet the healthcare needs of the area’s growing population.

The hospital campus will be located near Lookout Road and Retama Parkway, covering 42 acres.

It will feature a five-storey hospital and a medical office building spread over a 100,000ft² area.

The full-service hospital will offer a variety of services, including a 24/7 Emergency Department, a labour and delivery unit and a neonatal intensive care unit, as well as inpatient units, operating rooms and radiology and lab services.

The hospital is designed for future expansion to 268 beds and will require an estimated investment of $450m to build.

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The development comes after University Health began developing the Vida multi-speciality healthcare centre in December and broke ground on the adjacent University Health Palo Alto Hospital last month.

Both the Palo Alto and Retama hospitals will share similar design and service offerings.

University Health also plans to begin works on another facility, University Health Wheatley, which aims to provide public health and primary care services to patients in the US’ East Side region.

The health system will help establish a surgery centre at Morgan’s MAC next month and plans to open a school-based clinic in collaboration with Judson ISD.

University Health president & CEO George Hernández Jr said: “I want to touch on the most important outcome of those facilities: the hundreds of health care workers who will bring high-quality, compassionate patient care to this community.

“We estimate that 500-600 caring and compassionate doctors, nurses and staff from University Health and our partner organisations will work at these facilities.”