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Harrisburg hospital plans to expand

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HARRISBURG, IL -

A new emergency room, more surgery suites, and more jobs... that's all part of what Harrisburg Medical Center CEO Rodney Smith debuted on Tuesday.

The center has plans for an estimated $12 to $15 million expansion project.

Smith says their ER is currently handling more than twice as many people as designed and with the expansion they'll be able to focus on expanding behavioral health and orthopedic services.

"We serve a lot of older people. And older people, it's very difficult for them to travel long distances for services and that's the reason we're here in the first place. We're here to serve this community and with this expansion we're going to be able to do that," said Rodney Smith, CEO of Harrisburg Medical Center.

Smith says they're planning on breaking ground on the project late summer and finishing the project within 18 to 24 months.

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