Proposed Athens Surgery Center becomes reality: 5 things to know

The year-long process will come to a close for the Athens (Ala.)-Limestone Hospital with the groundbreaking of its $25 million surgery center, Decatur Daily reports.

Here's what you should know.

1. The hospital could break ground on its 75,000-square-foot, three-story surgical center Jan. 20, 2017.

2. Construction is expected to take 18 months.

3. The state issued a certificate of need in September 2015, but the hospital took more than a year to file a signed construction contract.

The health system's CEO David Pryor attributed the delay to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which changed Medicare reimbursement rates.

4. The center is a joint development between OrthoSports Athens, Inkana Development and the hospital.

5. When complete, the surgery center will have six operating rooms, an imaging center, a pharmacy and laboratory offices.

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