A wealth of major new medical projects that have opened or are planned could turn Madison County into a medical mecca. Health Management Associates (HMA), St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital and Baptist Hospital System (BHS) all have major projects in Madison County.
In April, HMA won an appeal of its certificate of need to relocate beds from the Madison County Medical Center in Canton to a new site close to the Nissan manufacturing plant. That development had been opposed by St. Dominic-Jackson and BHS.
Now St. Dominic-Jackson has received a certificate of need from the Mississippi Department of Health to relocate 50 licensed medical/surgical beds from the present facility on Lakeland Drive to establish a general acute care hospital in Madison County, construct a medical office building and offer magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services on site.
And BHS recently opened a new four-story, 88,000-square-foot medical office building at the corner of Highway 463 and Highland Colony Parkway in Madison.
“We are thrilled to death that healthcare has become a focus in Madison County,” said Elizabeth Raley, president, Madison County Foundation. “We understand Health Management Associates has acquired the hospital in Canton and has been approved from the state to build a brand new facility near the Nissan interchange. The Canton hospital needed upgrading, so it made sense to relocate to a more accessible area. That facility will be able to serve the people in the north part of the county as well as the south part of the county. It is centrally located and an ideal location for easy access.”
Growth in the county sparked by Nissan is bringing in new residents. The county, one of the fastest growing in the state, is also attracting relocating retirees.
Raley said the new Baptist medical offices and plans by St. Dominic and HMA for hospitals are all good news for the area.
“The growth is so tremendous we felt we could support new facilities,” Raley said. “Nissan has brought in a lot of new opportunities. Competition in healthcare brings costs down. Competition is healthy.”
HMA, which operates 10 hospitals in the state, received a unanimous decision from the Mississippi Court of Appeals in favor of the Department of Health’s approval of a certificate of need for the facility.
“Soon, the residents of Madison County will have what they need and deserve, a new, modern, state-of-art hospital designed to meet the needs of a growing and vital county,” said Joe Weaver, CEO of Madison County Medical Center. “We are so thankful for the court’s decision, and look forward to getting work underway for the new facility. A new hospital will attract more physician specialists and other medical professionals. As a tax-paying entity, Madison County Medical Center already contributes significantly to the county’s tax base. In a new facility, those contributions will markedly increase. There is a significant multiplier effect when physicians enter a community — more jobs are created, stimulating the economy in many ways.”
HMA is currently in the pre-construction planning phase of the development. No date has yet been announced for start of construction on the new 67-bed facility. The cost of the project is projected at $42 million.
The St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital facility will be 116,212 square feet, and the medical office building will comprise 34,892 square feet for a total of 151,104 square feet. According to a press release from the Mississippi Department of Health regarding approval of the certificate of need, the proposed Madison County hospital will serve patients with the following services: surgery in four operating units; high-level imaging services; nursing care 24 hours per day, seven days per week; rehabilitation and physical therapy; pharmacy; clinical laboratories; and Level IV emergency services. MRI services will be provided through a mobile MRI unit two to three days a week at the Madison County campus through a contract with a mobile service provider.
BHS opened its newest medical office May 1.
“We own about 60 acres on the corner of Highland Colony Parkway and Highway 463,” said Robbie Channell, spokesperson for BHS. “We did market studies of the area to plan what to build in that facility. After reviewing that, we decided to open a multi-specialty physician office building. As Madison grows and its medical needs grow, we can expand our healthcare services to the area. We are starting small, and as we look to the future, we will expand to meet the needs of the citizens of that area. There is still room to add physician offices as physicians look to expand their services or move to the Madison area. We hope to eventually have an ambulatory surgery center, which is basically outpatient surgery, in that area.”
Present tenants include the Madison Ridgeland Children’s Clinic, Baptist Medical Clinic-Madison, Madison Radiological Group, Cardiovascular Associates, P.A., Mississippi Ear, Nose and Throat Surgical Associates, P.C., The Ear, Nose and Throat Surgical Group, P.A., Baptist Physical Therapy & Sports Care and Jackson Eye Associates. Coming soon are the Woman’s Clinic and the Jackson Pulmonary Clinic.
Contact MBJ contributing writer Becky Gillette at firstname.lastname@example.org.