OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — A $16.5 million expansion and renovation project has been completed at Ocean Springs Hospital and officials say the medical center is positioned to handle growth in the area's population.
Hospital officials will dedicate work in the building's northwest tower on Thursday.
Hospital Administrator Heath Thompson told The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1sZtuMns) that the project includes expansion of pre-surgical and post-operation areas and the relocation of a heart clinic to that tower where there is more patient capacity.
On the second floor, 20 patient-care beds were added, bringing patient capacity to 156. The building's third floor is earmarked for future development.
Thompson said the expansion was needed because the population of the Ocean Springs area has been increasing and it is not uncommon for the hospital to be at patient capacity.
Construction took about two years.
Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula is also undergoing a makeover with about $30 million in upgrades.
Both hospitals are part of Singing River Health System.
Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com