- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

MOUND BAYOU, Miss. (AP) - Renovations are nearly completed on the Taborian Urgent Care Center and officials are planning for an April 6 grand opening.

Contract Administrator Margo Brooks told Bolivar County supervisors that renovations to the old Taborian Hospital, one of Mississippi’s oldest hospitals, have made for an intense 29-month process.

Contractors had 210 days to complete the work.

The Bolivar Commercial reports (http://bit.ly/1dpEA3T ) the work is funded with a $2.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The hospital was founded in 1942 by the fraternal order Knights and Daughters of Tabor in a partnership with the town.

“We are not trying to be a primary care center or a hospital. We are trying to become a health partner in Bolivar County and not a competitor,” Brooks said.

Brooks said the center is to provide telehealth services through fiber optic networks and she is currently communicating with Pafford Emergency Medical Services about co-locating.

“We believe that this would cut down on some of the transportation and response time in rural areas,” she said.

The center will be open evenings and weekends. It will also provide walk-in access for acute illness and injuries, as well as physical and occupational therapy

Although the building is almost complete, Brooks said there are a few minor issues to address.

“The building and some elements around it hold historical significance. We would like for the stop light to be replaced, signs to be placed north and south on U.S. Highway 61 and a road near the center to be repaired,” she said.

Supervisors said they would consider those proposals later.

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Information from: Bolivar Commercial, http://www.bolivarcom.com