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HMA wrapping up new hospital construction

CANTON — Health Management Associates Inc. expects to finish construction of its 67-bed, $42-million hospital in Canton this week and open the facility by the end of May.

The 25-acre tract will be the new home for the Madison River Oaks Hospital, which will replace the Madison County Medical Center located near downtown Canton. It is located west of Interstate 55 and south of Nissan Parkway in Canton

HMA owns a network of five other hospitals in the Jackson area.

The Canton hospital will include 24-hour emergency care, general surgery, orthopedics, women’s services, pediatrics, an ICU and radiological diagnostics.

Marketing director Renee Cotton tells the Madison County Journal the hospital will host a special public preview May 14.

She said the operating rooms, which are 800 square feet with booms for lifting and have 52-inch flat screen TVs that surgeons can access a patient’s medical records and cycle through while they’re operating.

Before they can move in, Cotton said the old hospital must be closed.

“The way the state makes you do it it’s really almost like we have to back out of the building and flip a switch,” Cotton explained. “We will essentially close here and open there within hours of each other.”

She said the hospital has a target date of May 25 to be completely moved, but she said that could change.

Source: Associated Press

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