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(KSL News) -- A tree-lighting ceremony in St. George last night signaled an important turning point for medical care in Southern Utah.
The tree is a 30-foot bronze sculpture with thousands of points of light. It's the visual centerpiece of a new 100-million-dollar hospital that will have its grand opening and public tours later this week.
The new second campus of the Dixie Regional Medical Center will have 196 beds, a 31 bed emergency room and eight operating rooms. For the first time in Southern Utah, the new hospital will allow doctors to perform open-heart surgery.
Terri Kane, C.O.O., Dixie Regional Medical Center: "Our population has grown so much that we really need to expand the resources for health care in this community."