ROCKFORD (WREX)- Hundreds gathered at the new Mercyhealth Javon Bea-Riverside Hospital Wednesday night.
Invited guests got the chance to check out the new facility, and a ceremonial ribbon cutting was also held.
“We had probably six-hundred folks that have come out to partake ion our dedication and blessing,” said Mercyhealth CEO, Javon Bea.
The new facility will open January 5th, 2019.
Members of the public will also have the chance to tour the hospital on Saturday.
From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. anyone can come tour the campus before it opens.
“Healthcare is very important to people,” Bea added. “It is one of the main stays. People really want to live in a community where they can have easy access to a brad ray of excellent healthcare.”
The hospital is roughly 450,000 square foot facility will also house a level-one trauma center and a woman and children’s hospital.