There were fifty ways this project might not have happened. Up until today we were just building an interchange on Highway179 that might have served a new hospital.
St. Mary's Health Center President Brent Vanconia announced today that final documents have been signed for construction. The prime contractor, Alberici Healthcare, has begun awarding bids for the $136 Million project.
Everyone -- St. Mary's, Jefferson City, Cole County, MODOT, adjoining landowners, and others -- stayed in the game even when prospects were dim.
The Lesson: Important things take committment, patience and a willingness to incur risk. That's how the Franciscan Sisters of Mary did it 107 years ago.