UPDATE: New name and expansion for Starkville hospital

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — Officials broke ground Tuesday in Starkville for the expansion the local hospital.

They also announced the hospital’s new name. The new name is OCH Regional Medical Center.

Local voters approved a $27.5 million bond issue in 2008 to finance construction of a new west tower.

The Starkville Daily News reports that the hospital will remain at 96 beds, but the expansion will allow for larger rooms. Every three existing rooms will be consolidated into two larger ones, and the 30 rooms lost in that process will be added in the new tower.

Plans also call for a modernization of the obstetrics unit, with six to seven new birthing suites.