By The Associated Press
CORINTH – Magnolia Regional Health Center’s plan to add hospital beds has received approval by the Mississippi State Department of Health.
The hospital plans to add 36 acute care beds, bringing the total number of licensed acute care beds to 181. The project will cost $499,500.
Magnolia officials tell the Daily Corinthian that the hospital will refurbish and re-equip patient rooms on the fourth floor currently used as storage or are vacant. The rooms can be put back in service by refurbishing and re-equipping them.
Magnolia says its inpatient occupancy rate has grown because of recruitment of new physicians and specialists, resulting in an increase in various acute care services.
The anticipated project completion date is Oct. 1, 2014, and Magnolia proposes to finance the project through cash reserves.