St. Vincent’s Health System held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, December 6, for the opening of the new state-of-the-art St. Vincent’s St. Clair hospital. The ceremony was followed by a reception and guided tours in the new facility.
Local community leaders and elected officials joined the facility’s five development partners, St. Vincent’s Health System, the St. Clair County Health Care Authority, St. Clair County Commission, City of Pell City, and the St. Clair County Economic Development Council to celebrate the new 40-bed, 79,000-square-foot hospital. The existing St. Vincent’s St. Clair hospital will be moving to its new location and begin seeing patients on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 6 a.m.
“With our partners, St. Vincent’s is proud to open a state-of-the-art hospital in St. Clair County that will provide this community with compassionate quality care for years to come,” said John O’Neil, president and CEO of St. Vincent’s Health System. “We’ve had the dedicated medical staff and associates to make this one of the best rural hospitals in the country and now we have the facility and technology to match it.”
The new hospital, located at 7063 Veterans Parkway in Pell City, is expected to be one of the most well-equipped rural hospitals in the country boasting features such an expanded emergency department, all private rooms, the latest in diagnostic imaging, inpatient and outpatient surgery services, and computers at the bedside. The facility is the only hospital in St. Clair County.