Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point is expanding.
The hospital broke ground on a new emergency room Tuesday afternoon.
Hospital officials say the project will cost nearly 20 million dollars. They say it will expand the emergency room. The project will also renovate the ambulatory surgery center.
Organizers say the improvements will include state-of-the-art emergency centers, trauma rooms, and additional patient and staff areas.
They say the new facility will help care for a growing number of patients.
"A community needs a vibrant hospital and emergency room, all of us are just one second away from needing that kind of service and our commitment which has been here for over 100 years, we're here to provide state-of-the-art care that all of us need and want," said Jeff Martin, Saint Michael's Hospital President.
Officials say the project will take about 2 years to complete. They say the emergency room will operate as normal during the construction.