CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — It has been a long time coming. On Thursday a grand opening ceremony was held for the new Christus Spohn Shoreline Tower in Corpus Christi.

The tower is part of a more than $300 million project and will be home to a new trauma center.

Hospital staff plus city and community leaders celebrated during the grand opening ceremony.

"My eyes were wide open. It's pure excitement to be here," president and CEO Ernie Sadau said. 

The grand opening of the north tower at Christus Spohn Shoreline was five years in the making.

The level two trauma center in the tower will have 59 beds. 

"We have the largest E.R. the largest trauma center in South Texas," Sadau said. 

Thee new facilities will serve 12 counties and allow doctors to perform necessary surgeries like neuro, cardiovascular, intensive and cancer care.

"To walk the floors and see all of the indirect lightings that comes in from the outside. How we've been able to make this place seem so warm," Sadau said. 

Community leaders said the growth of our healthcare system is essential in a growing city. 

"This is exactly what Corpus Christi needed and Nueces County we are just so proud," said Cecilia Garcia Acres, daughter of Hector p. garcia

According to Sadau, they have the staff they need to fill the tower.

"We're well positioned they've been a lot of training over the last many weeks," Sadau said. 

Christus Spohn Shoreline is more than ready to help heal their community.

"The physicians they can't wait to open the doors and to start delivering the care here," Sadau said. 

Parts of the new patient tower are operational, but it won't be until April when they will start welcoming patients. 

Kiii News Reporter Taylor Alanis went Live from the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new tower.