By GWEN SISSON
President of the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors called it a milestone for health care in this county.
Glenn Mullins, president of the OCH Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, said it is outstanding what has been done at the hospital.
And OCH Regional Medical Center Administrator/CEO A.C. “Sonny” Kelly said “the future of good health is bright for those in the seven-county region our hospital serves.”
OCH Regional Medical Center held the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new West Tower and Parking Deck Tuesday in front of a large crowd of residents and community leaders.
“We spotlight our continued investment in advanced technologies and modern facilities as we unveil this beautiful new tower that has been made possible by the good people of Oktibbeha County,” Kelly said. “We dedicate this facility to them, knowing it will have a significant impact on each and every person we serve.”
Kelly said hospital staff will begin moving patients and services into the new building today, in preparation for Phase 2 of this project which involved the renovation of the older building.
Early projections suggest Phase 2 may be completed by the end of December. Kelly said with the variables of weather and construction in the winter months, early spring may be a better estimation.
“It is with great anticipation that we now change our focus to the renovation phase of this project, which when finished, will make it even more evident, that the investment made by the citizens of Oktibbeha County has truly brought OCH Regional Medical Center to an entirely new level.”
As residents and community leaders took a first look at the new facility Tuesday, they had the opportunity to see:
u On the first floor, the main lobby and reception area; the expanded gift shop; the Daily Dose Coffee Bar and adjoining courtyard; the Community Education Room; and unfinished space for future development;
u On the second floor, 26 patient rooms for post-surgery care (there will be 15 additional rooms in the renovated area); the enlarged nurses station; and the large waiting room space with vending area;
u On the third floor, 26 general medical patient rooms; an enlarged nurses station; and another large waiting room space with vending area (the West Tower features public restrooms and waiting/lobby space on every floor, unlike the older area of the hospital);
u On the fourth floor, the new Women’s Center featuring a Labor and Delivery Unit with three triage/observation rooms, eight spacious birthing rooms and a state-of-the-art C-section suite with two operating rooms and recovery area; and a newborn nursery with enhanced viewing area.
“The enlarged rooms will allow our caregivers to more efficiently render the latest treatments and technology available at the bedside,” Kelly said. “The new patient rooms housed in the West Tower, as well as those that will be in the renovated areas, will benefit every hospital patient and their loved ones.”
Mullins said with over 1,000 babies born each year and seven gynecologists at OCH Regional Medical Center, it is important that OCH Regional Medical Center have this type of facility for families in this area.
“The birthing rooms are unreal,” Mullins said. “The families, new moms, everyone will enjoy the space and the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities available in the Women’s Center.”
Howard said he felt state-of-the-art facilities and technology goes “hand-in-hand” with better health care.
“This project is an asset to our community,” Howard said. “It is a wonderful investment for the medical future of Oktibbeha County.”