Madison hospital set to open in February

By Steve Doyle, The Huntsville Times

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — After nearly a decade of dreaming and planning and pushing for the necessary state licenses, the $71 million Madison Hospital is rapidly nearing completion.

On Monday, construction crews were busy hanging exterior wall panels and attaching the signature green metal roof that adorns most Huntsville Hospital buildings.

Mary Lynne Wright, the new hospital‘s president, said she is determined to open the doors to patients on Feb. 28, 2012, a Monday morning.

The five-story building at the corner of U.S. 72 and Balch Road should really start to look and feel like a hospital over the next few weeks.

The scaffolding will come down in about a month, Wright said, signaling the end of major exterior work.

On Aug. 8, the busy Madison Urgent Care center is scheduled to move from the bowels of the building to the hospital’s future emergency room.

It will operate out of that space, with extended hours, until the hospital opens.

Wright said she plans to begin hiring her management team in September. Nurses and other full-time employees — about 340 all told — will start coming aboard in November.

Filling those slots shouldn’t be a problem. Wright said she expects many of the 1,600 Huntsvile Hospital employees from the Madison area to seek a transfer to the new hospital.

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