SHELTON (VIDEO) — Tuesday marked the official groundbreaking event to kick off the $35 million medical office building construction project at Mason General Hospital.

Mason General CEO Eric Moll and hospital board of commissioners helped break ground on the project, with plans for construction to be fully finished by November of 2019.

The project will not require new tax revenues and will be financed using revenue bonds issued by the Mason County Hospital District. Operating revenues will repay the bonds over time.

The 60,000-square-foot two-story building will be located directly east of the hospital on the existing campus.

Mason General CEO Eric Moll says the new Medical Office Building will significantly increase the number of patient rooms on the hospital campus.

"This will ultimately allow us to have 104 patient exam rooms," Moll said.

The Main entry driveway to the hospital will be relocated about 100 yards south of its existing location, allowing an extension to the new building. This extension will allow all clinics housed east and north of the main campus to move into the new medical office work space.

Mason General Hospital’s CEO Eric Moll has held his current position for 5-and-a half years. He says the initial planning for this project began in 2015. 

Moll says it’s gratifying knowing the end result will bring both the Mason General family and Mason County residents closer together.

"Bringing all of these clinics together, and that's the excitement is what that means," Moll said. "In terms of them (Mason General) defining a new culture and a new way to deliver care, is just really exciting."

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