A veritable who’s who of Grove residents and dignitaries gathered Friday morning to break ground for the new INTEGRIS Grove General Hospital.

Slated for completion by October 2009, the state-of-the-art 58-bed acute care facility will cost an estimated $56 million.

Currently, the plans are to build a two-story building, which may eventually be expanded to three stories.

The building will occupy the acreage next to the current INTEGRIS Ambulatory Care Center off of Shundi between 13th Street and 18th Street. It will be connected to that facility by 30 foot corridors.

INTEGRIS had asked the Grove community to contribute $5 million to the new facility, and thus far $4.5 of that amount has been raised.

Ed Townsend, President and CEO of Bank of Grove and INTEGRIS Health Board member, donated $1 million to the cause, and the City of Grove contributed another $1 million.

"This will be the largest capital project ever undertaken by INTEGRIS Health for a hospital outside the Oklahoma metropolitan area in its history," said INTEGRIS Grove President Greg Martin.  “We are very proud that it will occur in Grove, Oklahoma.”

The original Grove General Hospital was completed in 1963.