Rush Showcases New Hospital

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

From X-ray, CT and radiology services to its trauma room, the John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital in Kemper County is open.

Area residents worked for years to make this happen. On hand for the tour was the daughter of the late U.S. senator for whom the hospital is named. Margaret Stennis Womble is also on the hospital board.

"We are so pleased to have a hospital again and so pleased to have a first-rate hospital," Womble said.

And Rush is proud of its sixth hospital. It has a trauma room and a fully-functioning lab. For those patients who can't be treated in DeKalb, UMC's AirCare helicopter, stationed at Key Field, is available.

"We don't have a critical care unit, ICU, CCU or cath lab, some of those more advanced services," said hospital administrator Jason Payne. "What we would offer in that way is the ability to begin treatment to prepare the patient for transport."

One of the rooms that has been talked about the most is the cafeteria. It's open for lunch and dinner and residents seem thrilled to have a meal here.

It's another way hospital officials hope to serve the community. And when people start moving to the area for the coal plant in Kemper County, the hospital will be here for them as well.

"They want to know about your health care. Do you have a hospital here"" said James Granger, president of the Kemper County board of supervisor. "So it will entice people to come to Kemper County."

The hospital opened last Wednesday and treated its first patient within 15 minutes.

The groundbreaking took place in May 2010. Around 70 people are expected to be employed at the hospital.

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  • by mw Location: County on May 16, 2011 at 08:52 AM
    Congratulation to Dekalb and Kemper County for the foresight and committment to their residents and citizens to partner with Rush to provide this facility. Neshoba County had the opportunity, but passed on it due to greed, selfishness and plain stupidity.
  • by helen Location: dekalb on Mar 19, 2011 at 08:42 AM
    the hospital is great for dekalb it was well need for everyone in the county
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