A new two-story building scheduled to open March 11 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital will offer state-of-the-art inpatient rooms on the upper level and convenient outpatient services on the ground floor.

Completion of the 97,000-square-foot building marks the first portion of a two-phase, $60 million renovation underway at the nonprofit hospital at 201 E. Pleasant St. Renovations at the 25-bed hospital, which employs about 300 people and is one of the largest employers in Christian County, began in summer 2018 after approval of the project by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.

“The mission remains unchanged – to improve the health of the people and the community,” said Kim Bourne, president and chief executive officer of Taylorville Memorial Hospital. “You have to see it for yourself to believe all of the positive changes. I think the community will be unbelievably pleased with what they will see.”

Taylorville Memorial Hospital, an affiliate of Memorial Health System, will offer inpatient rooms focused on safety, privacy and comfort. The new building provides more convenient access to outpatient services, such as rehabilitation and laboratory testing, and offers a chemotherapy infusion area in a comfortable area with ample natural light.

The project will consolidate many services previously housed on separate floors or wings, including parts of a five-story, 134,000-square-foot building that was constructed for 110 patient beds in the 1950s when long inpatient stays were the norm. That building will be torn down later this year.

“We had an outdated building that structurally needed a lot of work,” Bourne said.

The second phase of construction, which includes a new hospital kitchen, cafeteria and administrative offices and conference rooms, is scheduled to be completed by March 2021.

Members of the public are invited to take a  tour of the new building from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 1.