Rush Health Systems broke ground Thursday for a new hospital in Kemper County. It will be named the John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital. Officials say the facility will create 88 new jobs.
State and local leaders attended the afternoon ceremony. The hospital will be located at 14365 Highway 16.
It represents a $13 million investment by Rush Health Systems.
“I appreciate Rush Health Systems officials for their ongoing determination to provide quality health care to the residents of east central Mississippi,” Gov. Haley Barbour said. “Rush Health Systems has been serving the residents of Mississippi and Alabama for many years, and the company’s decision to expand into Kemper County and build this new facility will provide area residents with much-needed health care access.”
The Mississippi Development Authority has committed funds for public infrastructure improvements for the new hospital. Additionally, the Appalachian Regional Commission and Kemper County are also assisting with publicly-owned infrastructure improvements.
The hospital will have 25 beds, an emergency room, and a helicopter pad.
County officials say they expect the hospital to improve the overall quality of life for residents.
"We have industries here that have told me that it's sometimes a problem when their employees have to take a child to the doctor and they have to be gone half a day, just to travel to Meridian or Philadelphia," said Brian Henson, executive director of the Kemper Economic Development Authority. "Now they can come to the hospital here and they may be gone only 2 hours, which helps the activity of our current industries. I believe it's important for people to have that basic health care."
Rush was instrumental in getting the hospital approved. It's expected to be complete in 10 to 12 months.