Covering more than 57,000 square metres in Ward 7 of Tra Vinh city, the project has a total investment of VND1.6 trillion (US$68.8 million), including VND1.4 trillion from the State budget and the remaining VND 200 billion from the local budget. The nine-storey hospital is designed to be equipped with high technology and the most modern medical equipment. It is expected to become operational in 2020. According to Dr. Cao My Phuong, Director of the provincial Department of Health, the project is a significant construction aiming to meet the increasing demand for treatment of residents in the province. The hospital is being built to replace the old 500-bed hospital, which has suffered from overloading during recent years. The new facility is also expected to facilitate scientific research for doctors in the province and serve as a place for internships for medical students of Tra Vinh University.