Rush Breaks Ground on Butler Hospital

Rush Health Systems is building the Choctaw County Hospital at the site of the former Vanity Fair building.

"It is necessary that we have good health care for our citizens here. Being in rural southwest Alabama, of course, we haven't had that in about 15 years, as far as having a 24-hour a day, 7-day a week emergency room is something just absolutely, it's necessary. People should have this," said Mayor Ben Smith of Butler.

The 25-bed hospital will include a 24-hour emergency room, lab imaging, and rehabilitation services.

"They needed a facility here and we made the commitment to build a facility." said Rush vice-president Donnie Smith. "And it's going to be a state of the art hospital here. One that this area has never seen. 71,000 square feet."

"A dimension of health care we have not had in this county for over fifteen years," said J.W. Cowan, who will be the administrator for the new hospital. "It's a $20 million investment by Rush Health Systems. We're just excited about it. It'll create an annual turnover of 10-12 million dollars economically. It's one of the best pieces of news we've had in Choctaw County in many years."

The hospital is expected to be completed in early 2012. It will create close to a hundred new jobs.

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