MMSC groundbreaking to be held this Wednesday

Plans are set for a big step in the future of healthcare in the area.

Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center is planning a groundbreaking for the first phase of the new hospital being built on the southern edge of Marshalltown.

The event will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the site just south of Highway 30 on Highway 14, across from Marshalltown Community College.

It is open to the pubic as is a reception following from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Dejardin Hall on the college campus.

Liz Zuercher, vice president of administrative services at MMSC, said the 3 p.m. ceremony will be brief with quick remarks from MMSC CEO John Hughes and a few others.

“There will be a little more of a formal presentation at Dejardin Hall,” Zuercher said.

With site work being done and the groundbreaking on the way, there is a sense of anticipation from the hospital staff.

“It’s finally becoming a reality for everyone,” Zuercher said. “People are really excited about this.”

Zuercher said the construction site has very limited gravel parking, may be muddy and is not handicap accessible for the groundbreaking event.

This groundbreaking is for the $35 million first phase which will be home to outpatient services including urgent care, surgery, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation and a lab. The first phase is expected to be completed by next spring. The rest of the hospital will relocate to the area in future phases.