Health Care Authority breaks ground on new building

Published 3:39 pm Wednesday, January 10, 2024

By Carey Reeder | Managing Editor

The Chilton County Health Care Authority recently broke ground on a new medical office building project that plans to bring around 35 jobs to the area. In a press release obtained on Jan. 5 from Ascension St. Vincent’s Chilton, the building will be built on the Ascension St. Vincent’s Chilton hospital campus and be 25,000 square feet.

The $6 million project for the medical office building is expected to be completed in the fall of 2024 and be paid out of the one cent sales tax that was passed in 2014 when the hospital was originally being built.

“We are trying to make it as easy as possible for this hospital to be successful.” Chilton County Health Care Authority Board Chairman Sibley Reynolds said. “You have a hospital, but you do not necessarily have dermatologists, respiratory therapists or kidney doctors, so you want to make it as easy as possible for those people to relocate, or locate, here to have a presence whether it is five days per week, or one day per week to have a clinic.”

Ascension St. Vincent’s Chilton physicians and administrators, members of the Chilton County Health Care Authority Board, Chilton County Commissioners, Clanton Mayor Jeff Mims and Heart South Cardiovascular Group, PC Administration all joined for a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site prior to Christmas.

Reynolds said the authority is in the final stages of an agreement with the Hughston Orthopedics Clinic, also known as St. Vincent’s Orthopedics, to take over half of the lower level of the new MOB. Heart South Cardiovascular Group, PC will be housed in the other half of the lower level. The plan for the top level is to have condo spaces with a 1,500 square-foot receptionist space, then some exam rooms, which would be utilized by individual doctor practices looking for a space to have a presence.

Spaces are available inside the building for prospective businesses, and those interested in leasing or ownership opportunities can contact allen@chiltoncontratorsinc.com.