JASPER — Officials ceremoniously broke ground Thursday evening on a new health care facility that will bring previously unoffered services to the city of Jasper.
The facility — located at 300 W. Second St. — is an expansion of an already existing Digestive Care Center in Jasper, which houses Dr. Michael Snyder’s practice on West 13th Street.
Snyder’s practice is partnered with the Evansville-based Digestive Care Center company and affiliated with Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.
He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in gastroenterology.
“This is really a culmination of the last five years,” Snyder said at the groundbreaking event. “Of building a practice in the community that I was raised in, that I love. And hopefully we can continue to build and provide more access to care and more efficient care with the new building that we’re going to be having here in, I don’t know, eight, 10 months.”
Site work has been underway for several weeks, and construction is scheduled to end in mid-2019.
The facility will house an outpatient clinic, a surgery center and an office with state-of-the-art technology.
It will span 12,000 square feet and bring around 20 health care jobs to the area.
Snyder said the new, approximately $4 million facility will offer different diagnostic endoscopic procedures that aren’t currently available in Jasper. Currently, patients that require those procedures are sent to Evansville.
Snyder lives in Jasper — where he was born and raised — and said his goal is to provide the best care possible by expanding care options in the city. And that’s something the new facility will accomplish.
“We’re very excited for what is to come,” Snyder said. “Not only in our practice, but in Jasper as a whole. There’s a lot of good things going on right now, and all that has come from the ideas and the hard work that this community provides.”
The project is managed by Milestone Development, the architect is Lamar Architecture & Design and the engineer is Brosmer Land Surveying & Engineering Inc.
Jasper’s existing Digestive Care Center has served as an outpatient facility for about five years and will move into the new building.
The company’s main location is in Evansville and also includes an urgent care center.