A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for the new Reginald P. White nursing home facility, a branch of East Mississippi State Hospital.
The new facility will be located on an 18-acre tract of property off of old 8th Street Road.
"The state assisted us with $11.5 million. It will greatly improve the environment for the elderly people at East Mississippi State Hospital that need nursing home care, said Randy Hendrix of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health.
The new facility will provide over 240 beds to meet an increased need.