Sen. Terry Burton says being able to see the John C. Stennis Hospital in person is literally seeing a dream come true for him.
Burton says he has been a strong advocate for health care in rural parts of Mississippi.
"It's economic development; it's health care," said Burton. "It's all of those things. We jumped on board with Sen. Jackson, Sen. Carmichael and others and tried to do what we could to insure that this project would be completed."
The project is indeed complete. In fact, the hospital serviced its first patients back on March 9.
Burton was able to tour the 25-bed facility Wednesday. Hospital representatives say the two tornado outbreaks gave the staff its first big rush and a chance to use the new facility's resources.
"We have an emergency department that is open 24 hours a day and we have the support services that go along with that," said Jason Payne, administrator. "Imaging, CT, X-ray; we also have a lab."
As Burton toured the hospital he saw several things that furthered his excitement about this rural area's new health care facility.
"The modernization of the rooms," noted Burton. "In so many hospitals, it feels like you are in a hospital. Well, not here."
Burton looked deeper than just the aesthetics. The accessibility of data to and from physicians was also highly noted.
"The CT scans, the x-rays, the ability to transfer those electronically to doctors while the patient is in the trauma room, that is a terrific service."
The official grand opening of the hospital will be held Saturday, May 14, at 1:30 p.m..