A ground breaking ceremony was held today for Mohawk Valley Health System's new regional medical center in downtown Utica.

Darlene Stromstad, the President and CEO of MVHS, says the new hospital will transform the way they deliver healthcare and will help continue the redevelopment and resurgence of the downtown area.

"Healthcare is a rapidly changing industry and it’s crucial for a health system to keep up with the advancements being made so that we are able to deliver the best care possible. This new facility will give our wonderful employees the space and technology needed to provide the state-of-the-art care that is needed in our region," said Stromstad.

The new hospital campus will include a 373-bed, 672,000 square foot, nine-story building and parking garage on 25 acres.

The hospital is slated to open in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Oneida County Executive Anthony, who attended today's ground breaking ceremony, says he's excited about the future of the region.

Utica Mayor Rob Palmieri, Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, Assemblyman Brian Miller and representatives from Governor Cuomo's office were also at today's ground breaking.

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX