MONTICELLO — The Drew Memorial Health System board will unveil its new medical facility, at 10 a.m. Friday, May 25, at the main entrance of Drew Memorial at Monticello. The guest speaker will be Gov. Asa Hutchinson.


Tours of the new facility will be offered and lunch will be provided for guests on site for the event.


In September 2016, Drew Memorial Hospital began a $31 million expansion that included a larger surgery center with six operating rooms, two dedicated C-section suites, and pre-op and post-op areas, according to a news release.


“The project also offers a more convenient outpatient clinic, allowing for two visiting specialists to hold clinic hours simultaneously. Additionally, the labor, delivery and recovery unit was relocated and expanded to three times the size of the current unit. The main entrance of the hospital and the auxiliary-operated gift shop was also expanded in size,” according to the release.


“The construction project created an estimated $2 million annual economic impact before the new facilities opened — though increased capacity for the affected service lines will improve the success of the hospital and its economic influence on Drew County for years to come,” according to the release.