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New Cox Monett Hospital Breaks Ground Spring of 2019

Construction of the new hospital in Monett, Missouri, is expected to begin in 2019 and will take approximately two years to complete. The new $42 million-dollar, 70,000-square-foot hospital will replace the current facility and will make quality health care even more readily available to the community.

History of Cox Monett

Monett's hospital dates back to 1928, when local physician and World War I veteran Dr. William West opened an 18-bed hospital in Monett. Dr. West dedicated the majority of his life to medicine and the community. He helped establish the American Legion chapter in Monett and was a Mason and a member of About Ben Adhem Shrine at Springfield. When he decided to retire, he donated the hospital to the Vincentian Sisters of Charity so it could continue serving the community. The hospital operated as St. Vincent's until it was acquired by CoxHealth in 1993 and the name changed to Cox Monett. 

The current building was built in 1953 and has gone through numerous renovations over the years, including the addition of a physician's clinic in 1974 and a large renovation project in 1998 that included a new emergency department. The largest renovation and expansion project thus far happened in 2001 and included reinstating obstetric services and expanding and modernizing the medical-surgical unit. While the hospital has served the community well for many years, an updated and expanded facility will help us continue providing vital health care services with a focus on quality and innovation, as well as helping attract more providers to Monett. The new hospital is a key part of our mission to ensure rural communities have access to the health care they need, especially in critical, time-sensitive situations.


Cox Monett Hospital Milestones

Momentum Campaign Launches

The Momentum Campaign launched in January 2019 to support the new hospital. Donors can invest in the future of health care in their community, be recognized for their generosity and share in the pride of helping advance care in the region. All gifts are fully tax-deductible. Contact the CoxHealth Foundation for more information.

Construction Crews Begin Moving Dirt

On March 11, 2019, crews began moving dirt to level the field in preparation for construction.

CoxHealth Breaks Ground on New Cox Monett Hospital

The groundbreaking ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 10 a.m. as CoxHealth and Monett community leaders broke ground on the new Cox Monett Hospital. In addition to CoxHealth employees and leadership, many community members attended to show their support. 

Momentum Campaign Receives Three $1-Million Gifts

The Cox Monett Hospital Momentum Campaign received three separate gifts of $1 million each. All funds donated to the campaign are dedicated to the construction of the new hospital. These donations brought the campaign total to $4.6 million as of August 2019. 

Crew Begins Pouring Concrete

On September 5, 2019, crews began pouring concrete, marking the official start of building the new hospital. 

Some Highlights of our Cox Monett Hospital Project

The first rendering of the new Cox Monett Hospital

The first rendering of the new Cox Monett Hospital

A bulldozer moving dirt to prepare the field for construction

A bulldozer moving dirt to prepare the field for construction

An image of the field after being leveled

An image of the field after being leveled

The contractors stand around a work tent having lunch

CoxHealth treats the dirt work contractors to lunch

Another rendering of the new hospital at an angle at twilight

An updated rendering of the new hospital

The updated rendering of the hospital from the front

The updated rendering of the hospital from the front

The floor plan schematic of the new Cox Monett Hospital

The floor plan schematic of the new Cox Monett Hospital

Several CoxHealth leaders and members of the community talk before the groundbreaking ceremony

Several CoxHealth leaders and members of the community talk before the groundbreaking ceremony

An image of the Monett High School Choir at the groundbreaking ceremony

An image of the Monett High School Choir at the groundbreaking ceremony

CoxHealth Foundation President Lisa Alexander speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony

CoxHealth Foundation President Lisa Alexander speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony

Cox Monett Hospital Darren Bass speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony

Cox Monett Hospital Darren Bass speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony

Jack Prim speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony

Jack Prim, member of the Community Advisory Board and co-chair of the Momentum Campaign for the new hospital speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony

CoxHealth President & CEO Steve Edwards speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony

CoxHealth President & CEO Steve Edwards speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony

Participants prepare to break ground

Participants prepare to break ground

A line of CoxHealth hard helmets and shovels

A line of CoxHealth hard helmets and shovels are prepared for the ceremony

A line of CoxHealth hard helmets and shovels

A line of CoxHealth hard helmets and shovels

The Monett High School Choir sings at the ceremony

The Monett High School Choir sings at the ceremony

Ground breakers stand ready with their shovels

Ground breakers stand ready with their shovels

A few of the groundbreaking participants talk and wait for the ceremony

A few of the groundbreaking participants talk and wait for the ceremony

The ground breakers put their shovels into the dirt

The ground breakers dig in!

The ground breakers lift their shovels from the pile of dirt

The ground breakers lift their first pile of dirt

Groundbreaking participants pose with their shovels

Groundbreaking participants pose with their shovels

Groundbreaking participants pose with their shovels

Groundbreaking participants pose with their shovels

Ground breakers start the digging

Ground breakers start the digging

An image of the groundbreaking participants

An image of the groundbreaking participants

An image of the groundbreaking participants

An image of the groundbreaking participants

An image of the groundbreaking participants

An image of the groundbreaking participants

An image of the groundbreaking participants

An image of the groundbreaking participants

CoxHealth employees review the Momentum Campaign poster

CoxHealth employees review the Momentum Campaign poster

Cox Monett President Darren Bass stands next to a large campaign poster, pointing to a meter indicating the total funds donated of 4.6 million. Ten donors stand with him.

Cox Monett Momentum Campaign receives three gifts of $1 million each

The crew begins pouring concrete, marking the official start of building the new hospital.

The crew begins pouring concrete, marking the official start of building the new hospital

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