A new hospital is readying to open in Van Buren County. The new facility will be called Ozark Health Hospital. The area`s current hospital is 50 years old. Hospital administrators said that the region`s population grew by 15 percent in the 1990s and that convinced them that they could sustain the facility. Without the new hospital patients would have to travel 50 miles to get medical care. The hospital has been under construction for four years and was funded with a one cent sales tax that generated 13 point eight million dollars, a bond that brought in three million and a federal loan for two million. Local family doctor Harry Starnes said he hopes the new hospital will attract more physicians to the area. The facility is set to open in August.