Construction has started on the $27.7 million West Feliciana Parish Hospital in St. Francisville, with completion expected in spring 2017.

The 19-acre medical campus will feature the 53,000-square-foot facility as its centerpiece. “It’s designed to expand the hospital’s current offerings of quality patient services that are closer to home for comfort and convenience and it will have the capability of expansion,” CEO Lee Chastant said.

The hospital will offer 12 in-patient rooms with bathrooms and private courtyard views. It will unique amenities as well with separate inpatient, ER and outpatient admitting areas, conference and classrooms, private family consulting areas, a non-denominational chapel and an upgraded cafeteria.

The project is funded with a $17.75 million U.S. Department of Agriculture loan, $8 million in bridge funding from Investar Bank and $2 million in hospital reserves.

Work already underway on a road project that connects the entire medical campus. This project is financed separately with operational funds.