Saint Francis Healthcare System made partnerships with current physician practices in the area to a greater focus in 2009 broadening services and increasing their presence within communities across Southeast Missouri. Officials say this strategy began with Cape Physician Associates then others — including two established practices in Jackson, which led to two different locations. Discussions about having one substantial presence in Jackson ensued in a decision to construct a clinic at the previous location of Jackson Physicians Associates. Officials say their goal is to provide excellent access to their patients so they wanted to merge, and make it really robust for the community and the surrounding area. Construction on a new primary and urgent care center that will be located at 2130 E. Jackson BLVD started in August and it is expected to be finished this summer. Along with primary care, the new clinic will provide urgent care services on nights and weekends, expanded imaging, and mental healthcare to be provided by licensed clinical social workers. Two to three physicians and four to six advanced practice providers, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, will be on staff at this new facility. In addition, there will be extended hours during the week and weekend where patients will be able to walk into the facility and receive care on an acute basis. Officials estimate that they will see around 25,000 yearly visits at their new location due to the broadening of services and growth of the practice overall. Officials are planning to have the new Jackson clinic open for business around the first of July. Officials say they still want to have a thriving medical center for individuals to come to, but the focus has reached to outside those walls. With a price tag f $7.5 million, officials believe that the Jackson project is likely to be one of the biggest construction projects in the area, especially during COVID 19. Additionally, this project has been beneficial to many area companies. St. Francis focused on utilizing local resources, including a general contractor, any subcontractors and tradesmen when possible.