Tacoma – Madigan Army Medical Center officials hope to break ground soon on a center specializing in women’s and children’s medicine, the largest expansion of the Fort Lewis hospital since 1992.
The $205 million facility would be the first of its kind in the military and one of just a few such centers that would focus on care for both women and children anywhere in the United States, the chairman of Madigan’s obstetrics and gynecology department said.
The new 140,000-square-foot facility would provide an array of services including obstetrics, women’s oncology, gynecology, breast disease, infertility, endocrinology, a neonatal intensive care unit and child psychiatry.
The new building – the largest addition to Madigan since the new hospital building opened 17 years ago – is several years away. Pentagon officials are still finalizing the 2010 fiscal year budget; included in it is a $2 million earmark that U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., added to pay for the planning and design.
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If all goes smoothly, the construction money could be included in the fiscal 2011 budget. Up to 40 new jobs could be created.