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Miss. children's hospital plans $150 million expansion

JACKSON — University of Mississippi Medical Center officials say they’re planning a $150 million expansion of Batson Children’s Hospital to make room for more operating rooms, an imaging center, clinics and a revamped neonatal intensive care unit.

Gov. Phil Bryant endorsed the project in Wednesday’s State of the State speech. In a pre-speech briefing, Bryant staffers said the governor supports state borrowing of $30 million to contribute to the project.

Other money would come from private donations or money the hospital borrows on its own.

Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs at the medical center, says that while the hospital doesn’t need more general inpatient beds, it needs to expand elsewhere.

Keeton says UMMC has started planning a four-story building that would be constructed adjoining the current children’s hospital.



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