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Delta Regional Medical Center breaks ground on major construction

$10.6-million project ‘major step forward’ in region’s healthcare

Officials with Delta Regional Medical Center, in Greenville, broke ground in March on a $10.6-million construction project that is designed to address several of the region’s most pressing healthcare needs.

L. Ray Humphreys, CEO with Delta Regional, said this project was a “major step forward.”

New construction or renovations to existing space will include the hospital’s emergency room area, addition of a heart and cardiac care unit, space for a neonatal care unit and the addition of new imaging equipment.

The funds for the construction project, involving 14,000 square feet of space, will come from a bond undertaken by the hospital. Completion of construction and renovation is expected in early 2008.

“This is a big day in the life of this city,” said Humphreys. “This is the beginning of a new era. With the completion of the various construction projects, “this will take Delta Regional to the next level. Teamwork is required to make Delta Regional what it can be and to take Delta Regional into the future.”

“This construction project is very important to the hospital and to the community,” said Billy Schultz, chairman of the board at Delta Regional. “Any time you can increase the services of the hospital then it’s good news for the community and the area we serve.”

The addition of the neo-natal acre unit was particularly important to Schultz.

“This is something this community has desperately needed. This will be a great thing for the hospital and the community,” he said.

“I am so proud of this day,” said Greenville Mayor Heather Hudson. “We are truly the regional healthcare center in Mississippi for the Delta region.”

ER expansion

The largest portion of the new construction area will be expanding the emergency room, which sees more than 45,000 patients a year.

A completely new addition will be built from the ground up on space currently used for parking.

The new construction will house a waiting room area that will be significantly larger than the existing waiting area. The architectural style of the new construction will harmonize with the existing curved motif at the front entrance to the hospital.

Space already a part of the ER and east dock area will also be remodeled and converted into new patient exam rooms. The remaining existing space will be renovated to create a more efficient overall emergency room design, with improved consultation rooms, admission and reception areas, and nurses’ stations.

The space formerly known as the Mississippi Firefighters Memorial Burn Center behind the main campus building will be converted into The Heart and Vascular Center.

No. 1 healthcare issue

The center will address the Delta’s No. 1 health issue: heart and stroke-related diseases and conditions.

The area will consist of eight patient rooms, two cardiovascular operating suites, an angiography suite, recovery area, family waiting room, and staff areas.

Along with the center, The Chest Pain Clinic will be initiated with an observation area expanded to four beds with the expansion of cardiac monitoring telemetry equipment allowing for continuous coverage through the Chest Pain Center, ICU and the Heart and Vascular Center.

The angiography suite will be a multi-purpose room, which will allow the surgical staff to perform angiography studies based on pictures of the blood vessels or clots in various parts of the body, as well as perform the newly approved Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Stent repair currently being performed in Delta Regional Medical Center’s main surgery area.

“Our goal is to move to the ‘Same-Stay Unit’ concept,” said Don Johnson, RN, and administrator of The Heart and Vascular Center. “This concept will allow the patient to be admitted, have surgery, recover, and be discharged, all based from the same room with the same core staff unit caring for them during their entire hospital stay.”

“The availability of a 72-hour continuous monitor record for the provider will improve the continuity of care for our patients,” said Florence Jones, Delta Regional’s chief nursing officer.

The expansion on the medical center’s fourth floor will create a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit along with the addition of five postpartum patient rooms with each being equipped as a private room with private bath.

The current Level II Nursery will continue with the addition of nursery intensive care and isolation beds. The existing nursery will remain in operation for well newborn care.

Previous renovations to the fourth floor in the past year have included the addition of an 11- bed Pediatric Wing.

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