Healthcare needs rise as population increases - - Jackson, MS

Healthcare needs rise as population increases

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NORTH MISSISSIPPI (WLBT) - The need for health care is in high demand as more people are moving to north Mississippi.

Three hospitals are starting major construction projects to accommodate the increase in patients.

OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville plans to build a new wing that will have four floors and a basement. At North Mississippi Medical Center Tupelo, expansion will replace rooms that date back to the 1960s and Baptist Memorial has proposed a new hospital in Oxford. The $32-million bond project in Starkville is scheduled to be completed in 2011.

The vice president of the Tupelo Medical Center says he expects to start taking bids next month. Leaders from all three health care facilities say they do not expect patient fees to increase to help pay for construction.

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