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Health Department awards CONs for five projects

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Health has issued certificates of need (CONs) five healthcare-related projects scattered across the state.

North Mississippi Medical Center has received CON authority for the renovation for and acquisition of hybrid operating room equipment. The proposed project includes a complete renovation of 1,400 square feet currently occupied on the second floor of the main facility. The current area occupants will be relocated and the vacated area extensively renovated. The total capital expenditure of this project is approximately $3.487 million.

Magnolia Regional Health Center has received CON authority for the construction/renovation/relocation and expansion of its current facility. The proposed project will consolidate and relocate the facility’s imaging department and registration/pre-admit testing areas, relocate and expand its emergency department and develop space for future expansion of surgery. The total capital expenditure of this project is approximately $22.528 million.

PHC-Cleveland Inc., d/b/a Bolivar Medical Center, has received CON authority for the establishment of swing bed services. The proposed project will reabsorb a 12-bed sub acute (skilled nursing) unit currently located on the fourth floor of the hospital. There is no capital expenditure involved in this project.

Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital has received CON authority for the construction/relocation/replacement of the existing facility. The existing facility was built in 1950 with the latest major expansion occurring in 1980. The proposed project will consist of 50,000 square feet of new construction on approximately 22 acres two miles from the existing facility. The total capital expenditure for this project is $20 million.

Hancock Medical Center has received CON authority for the amendment to CON #R-0620 (Renovation/Expansion of Outpatient & Emergency Services) for an increase in square footage for new construction as well as additional capital expenditure. The proposed project has been delayed and adjusted due to damage inflicted during Hurricane Katrina. The additional capital expenditure for this project is approximately $22.805 million, resulting in a total capital expenditure of approximately $31.533 million.

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