2011: Year in Review – Health care construction ramps up

By Michaela Gibson Morris | NEMS Daily Journal

It was a busy year for health care construction around Northeast Mississippi.
North Mississippi Medical Center began construction on a $55.1 million expansion and renovation of patient rooms. The concrete skeleton of the West Bed Tower expansion is complete, and work has begun on the exterior stone. The expansion is on track to be complete late winter 2013. The renovation phase is slated for completion in mid-2015.
Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford moved forward with plans to build a new hospital, including securing agreements with Oxford and Lafayette County. The site selection process is still under way. The next step will be applying for a state certificate of need for the project, which will cost an estimated $300 million to build.
OCH Regional Hospital in Starkville opened a new west tower and parking garage this summer. Construction is nearly wrapped up on the final renovations, including a new intensive care unit. The entire project cost $32.8 million.
The new Health Sciences building at Itawamba Community College will bring all eight allied health programs under one roof on the Tupelo campus. The steel support structure is going up on the $15.8 million center, slated for completion in December. A capital campaign has raised $2 million of the remaining $8 million needed for the project.
michaela.morris@journalinc.com