BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (WTXL) — Two years after Hurricane Michael roared through the panhandle, one of our hospitals is getting a major upgrade.
Blountstown was left with a severely crippled hospital with only 10 beds.
On Wednesday, the Calhoun Liberty Hospital broke ground on a new $35 million building.
The new hospital will have 25 beds and two surgical suites along with an emergency room.
"Can't explain what an impact it's going to have on the entire community, not only from a health care standpoint but also from an economic standpoint," said Mark Plummer, the hospital board chairman. "We feel that it's going to create a minimum of 50 new jobs, perhaps even after construction. And we think that it's going to have a stronger ripple effect."
The new hospital located off highway 71 is scheduled to open in 2022.