DENISON, TX -- The new 137-million-dollar Texoma Medical Center is opening it's doors to the public and offering free tours. Deeda Payton reports.

The tours are going on until seven o'clock Wednesday night.

The official ribbon cutting ceremony wrapped up just a few hours ago, but the celebration continues.

Hundreds braved the cold and packed into the main entrance to get a look at the inside after months of waiting and watching the construction from the highway.

Community leaders say this new facility goes farther than just providing health care, they believe it will have a substantial impact on our local economy. Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum says "Most importantly it gives us a competitive advantage over the North Texas region. This truly sets us apart from the other cities in the area." Sherman Mayor Bill Magers says "The entire regions going to benefit from this hospital. It's exciting, it's increasing property values and spurring development so congratulations to Denison, it's a great day and a great hospital."

Once inside, the public was treated to a long buffet of food and a tour.

TMC will begin transferring employees to the new hospital Saturday and patients will be moved on December 27th.

Deeda Payton, KTEN News.