The Iredell Health System held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday at the 17-acre site of its soon-to-be-constructed medical facility in Mooresville.

The new 68,000-square-foot medical facility will be off of Bluefield Road near Exit 36 on I-77 in Mooresville. Construction is set to be completed in June 2021 and will cost $35 million, said John Green, president and CEO of Iredell Health System.

“As a local nonprofit organization, that’s a little daunting,” Green said, referring to the construction costs. “That’s a pretty risky move by us, but, to me, the reward is bigger than the risk, because when we look at what we can provide to this community, that is why we’re here.”

Green said that a conservative estimate of the number of IHS employees for the facility would be 40 to 50.

The facility will have a 24-hour urgent care center and an ambulatory surgery center, Green said.

“We heard repeatedly, through focus groups and through the community that one of the things that was needed was the opportunity to have cost-effective nonemergency care,” Green said. “You know how you do that? You have to have something open 24 hours, seven days a week.”

There will also be a diagnostic imaging center that will include CT, ultrasound, mammography and x-ray, Green said.

Green said that IHS can continue constructing buildings on the 17-acre plot up to 200,000 square feet.

“We absolutely see this as the first step, the first step of the 200,000-square-feet medical campus,” Green said.

Green said that one of the primary reasons for the new facility was to meet the needs of the growing population of southern Iredell County.

“If we go back to the mission of our hospital, it’s our responsibility to help care for the health and the wellness of the citizens of the entire county,” Green said.

Green also said that the new facility will serve the mission of IHS to keep health care local in Iredell County and to be a part of the changing future of health care.

“Health care is too expensive. It’s too confusing, and it’s too complex, and it’s really not consumer-driven,” Green said. “When you look at all those aspects, you recognize that we have an opportunity to start that change with a building like this in a campus like this.”

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