Methodist revives DeSoto hospital effort

The Associated Press

OLIVE BRANCH – Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has notified the Mississippi Department of Health that it wants to build a 100-bed hospital in Olive Branch.

Gary Shorb, CEO of the nonprofit hospital group based in Memphis, said DeSoto County is growing quickly and needs medical facilities. Shorb said a more detailed application was being prepared.

The proposal calls for the hospital to be near the intersection of U.S. 78 and Bethel Road, said Matt Staggs, a spokesman for the Mississippi State Department of Health.

The Department of Health is required to approve a certificate of need before such projects can move forward.

To control costs, avoid duplication of services and protect existing health care providers from competition, states control the building of hospitals and other major health care facilities through the issuance of CONs.

The process controls the number of hospitals and medical institutions in a state. Officials favoring the rules say they promote economic efficiency.

State officials have turned down Methodist’s plan in DeSoto more than once before.