The hospital received a $1 million gift from Joe Craft towards the expansion project. In recognition of this gift, the new patient tower was named in his honor.
The groundbreaking for the two-story, 70,000-square-foot community-based medical office building has been completed and site work has started on the first phase of the project.
The $24 million hospital and medical center will be built with room for expansion and is expected to open in fall 2015.
The new site for Nuffield Health is expected to open in 2015.
The project is reported to be $500 million over budget and one year behind schedule.
Tenders for the $252 million cancer treatment hospital, which is expected to be completed in 2018, will be invited from four shortlisted firms in June and work will start next Spring.
To accommodate projected growth, the new five-story tower will include additional treatment areas, 10 exam rooms for imaging and procedures, 12 exam rooms, and clinical support for behavioral health plus two floors for physician support and administration.
The school will include research, educational, and administrative facilities, as well as a medical office building and parking garage totaling 515,000 square feet.
The Master Facility Project and Heart Pavilion feature water and energy saving features and a 16,000-square foot green roof.
The 60-bed hospital features expanded services, dedicated stroke and brain injury units, and indoor and outdoor therapy areas.