Neshoba County General Hospital in Philadelphia opened in the early 1960s.
"There hasn't been a lot of reinvestment in the hospital facility itself, and as you know health care has changed over the years," said hospital CEO Scott Barrilleaux. "It has moved from an in-patient focus to an out-patient focus."
A lot has happened since that time to change the face of medical care. Now, Neshoba County General is looking at building a new facility. It would be The built on 7 acres of land just behind the current hospital building. Construction is expected to begin around the middle of 2010 and could take up to two years to complete.
"It'll be a state-of-the-art facility that gives people better access to physicians, to cutting edge technology. We will be able to provide world-class services for the citizens of Neshoba County in a way that's affordable," Barrilleaux said.
The Neshoba County Nursing Home will be unchanged. As for the current hospital building, no decisions have been made for its future.
The current facility is licensed for 82 beds, but most days about 30 patients are seen in the hospital. The new facility will have 42 private rooms and will also be built so that it can be expanded. The new hospital will cost about $45 million.
"The hospital is going to be responsible for paying the mortgage," said Barrilleaux. "There will be no recourse to the taxpayers. There will be no recourse to the county."