A large chunk of the Gillette community came out Thursday for the groundbreaking ceremony of Campbell County Memorial Hospital's new long term care facility, which will replace Pioneer Manor. Some of Pioneer Manor's residents, like Gordon Patterson, were able to come to the event.
"It's going to be a lot larger and there's going to be some stuff in there that we don't have," said Patterson.
"We're going to have a rehab unit for joint replacements, knee replacements, hip replacements, stroke rehabilitation," said hospital board vice chairman Nancy Tarver.
Pioneer Manor was built in 1963. The new facility will cost more than $31 million and will setup where Gillette's old recreation center used to stand.
"Our needs have outgrown the size of our facility and our building has aged to the point that there were major renovations in the infrastructure," said Tarver.
Hospital officials hope construction wraps up by November 2015.
"It's inevitable that we will all be aging and the mission of our hospital is the continuum of care," said Tarver
It is the type of care that Patterson hopes will continue onto the new facility.
"It's the employees in the place, they treat the residents like they're their friend. I really enjoy it," said Patterson.
Tarver says the hospital board started planning the new facility in 2007.