In tough economic times with a high unemployment rate, jobs are more than appealing.
Well, a new hospital coming to Kemper County will provide healthcare and some of those appealing jobs. Kemper County will soon be home to the John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital. It is expected to be up and operating in roughly ten to twelve months. Brian Henson is the Executive Director of the Kemper County Economic Development. He says the hospital will have an economic impact for the county in more than one way.
"This means so much for the county. It means a quality of life aspect that we have not had. It means a direct economic impact with 88 jobs. And it also has an indirect economic impact because future businesses that may be looking here, it's one of the things that they want to see is quality of life and we have that now. That's a tool that we can use as a tool for the future," says Henson.
Rush Health Systems was instrumental in getting the hospital approved and will build and operate the hospital. It will have 25 beds, an emergency room, and a helicopter pad.