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March 24, 2021

Steward Health Care Set to Build New Hospital in St. George, Utah

Nation’s Largest Private & Physician-Led Health Care Network to Build New Facility, With Plans to Open Doors in October 2023

Hospital Will Serve Southern Utah, Offering New Care Options to One of the Fastest-Growing Patient Populations in the Southwest U.S.

UTAH – Steward Health Care, the nation’s largest private, physician-owned health care network, today announced it has finalized a deal to build a new state-of-the-art hospital serving St. George, Utah, one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. Steward, which currently operates 35 hospitals serving millions of patients across the U.S., including 5 facilities in Northern Utah along the Wasatch Front, plans to break ground this July. Steward is investing in construction of the facility, which plans to begin serving patients in October 2023.

“Steward Health Care believes St. George is one of the most exciting communities in the country – poised for exponential growth – and we are more than ready to grow with it,” said Dr. Ralph de la Torre, Chairman, and CEO of Steward Health Care Systems LLC. “By expanding our footprint in Utah, we’ll bring our vision for high-quality, affordable, community health care to more patients. Our pioneering model will continue to focus on delivering the very best in care to ensure patients are spending less time in the hospital and more time pursuing their healthy, active lives in the St. George community.”

Over the past ten years, St. George has seen its population grow by nearly 19 percent. And while the population in the region is expected to more than double by 2060, the region is currently underserved medically, with only one acute care facility available to patients. The new hospital will be located in the City of Washington, a connecting city to St. George and a major center of Washington County, with about 250,000 residents living within a one-hour drive. Steward’s new hospital is set to anchor the Zion Medical Village, a planned community uniquely positioned to provide healthcare to the growing region.

“St. George is set to see a roaring demand for new health care services in the years ahead,” Brian Dunn, Steward’s West Region President, said. “Steward will work closely with our community partners in Southern Utah to meet this need and unlock access to affordable, economically sustainable care and wellness.”

The hospital will offer a full range of care including orthopedics, cardiovascular care, neurosurgery, and other outpatient services, with additional compatible medical facilities set to open on the same campus. Steward’s investments in new patient care options will provide choice in a fast-developing area, as more than 900 planned single-family housing units are currently under development nearby.

In the weeks ahead, Steward will announce plans for an outdoor groundbreaking event, bringing together elected officials and members of the St. George community to celebrate this new chapter.

The new St. George hospital will be one of six Steward Health Care hospitals across Utah, all of which joined the Steward network in 2017:

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward also operates hospitals in Arizona, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.

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Photo Caption: Renderings by Nashville-based architecture firm ESa as of March 2021 reflect Steward Health Care’s current vision for the new state-of-the-art hospital in St. George, Utah, slated to open in October 2023.

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About Steward Health Care

Steward Health Care is the largest private, for-profit health care network in the United States. The company is owned and led by a management team of Steward physicians.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward employs more than 40,000 health care professionals and operates 35 hospitals across the United States and in the countries of Malta and Colombia which regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, more than 7,000 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services.

The Steward Health Care Network includes more than 5,000 physicians across 800 communities who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters annually. Steward Medical Group, the company's employed physician group, provides more than six million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta, Colombia and nine states across the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah. For more information, visit www.steward.org.