Steward Health Care, the nation’s largest private, physician-owned healthcare network and operator of five Northern Utah healthcare facilities, has finalized plans to build a new state-of-the-art hospital serving the St. George area. Steward, which currently operates 35 hospitals across the U.S., plans to break ground this July. Steward said it is investing in construction of the facility, which plans to begin serving patients in October 2023.

“Steward Health Care believes St. George is one of the most exciting communities in the country — poised for exponential growth — and we are more than ready to grow with it,” said Dr. Ralph de la Torre, chairman and CEO of Steward Health Care Systems LLC. “By expanding our footprint in Utah, we’ll bring our vision for high-quality, affordable, community healthcare to more patients. Our pioneering model will continue to focus on delivering the very best in care to ensure patients are spending less time in the hospital and more time pursuing their healthy, active lives in the St. George community.”

Steward said its research shows the region is currently underserved medically, with only one acute care facility available to patients. The new hospital will be located in Washington, a connecting city to St. George and a major center of Washington County, with about 250,000 residents living within a one-hour drive. Steward’s new hospital is set to anchor the Zion Medical Village, a planned community positioned to provide healthcare to the growing region.

“St. George is set to see a roaring demand for new healthcare services in the years ahead,” said Brian Dunn, Steward’s West Region president. “Steward will work closely with our community partners in Southern Utah to meet this need and unlock access to affordable, economically sustainable care and wellness.”

Dunn said the hospital will offer a full range of care, including orthopedics, cardiovascular care, neurosurgery and other outpatient services, with additional compatible medical facilities set to open on the same campus.

In the weeks ahead, Steward said it will announce plans for an outdoor groundbreaking event.

The Steward facilities along the Wasatch Front are the Davis Hospital in Layton, the Jordan Valley Medical Center in West Jordan, Jordan Valley Medical Center’s West Valley campus in West Valley City, Mountain Point Medical Center in Lehi and the Salt Lake Regional Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Headquartered in Dallas, Steward also operates hospitals in Arizona, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts and employs over 40,000 healthcare workers.

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