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Groundbreaking day ahead for Clinic
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MONROE - The Monroe Clinic's expansion project will take a significant step forward Wednesday when ground is broken.

The ceremony is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at the building's west entrance.

People who want to attend the ceremony need to enter the clinic's east entrance, which will open Monday as the west entrance closes.

The pediatrics and family practice entrance on the building's north side has been re-opened.

The clinic's expansion project, unveiled in June, is expected to be completed in the fall of 2012.

The Monroe Clinic's building plans and landscape designs call for an $85 million northwest expansion project. The expansion is being financed with $65 million in tax-exempt bonds and $20 million in long-term cash reserves.

With the expansion, most hospital patient services will be moved to the northwest addition, and will be connected to the Monroe Clinic's west side.

The expansion will house fewer intensive care beds, but will have more medical and surgical beds than the current hospital.

The addition will include a location for landing a helicopter and a covered ambulance entrance; an expanded family birth center and larger birthing suites; a new chapel with a roof-top garden; and a top-story cafeteria.

More information about the project is available at