- Associated Press - Sunday, April 20, 2014

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - Despite a few weather-related delays, work is back on schedule for the new Choctaw Health Center, set to open in spring 2015.

The hospital is being built on the eastern side of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians reservation near Philadelphia.

Stephen Hockins, project manager for the Tribal Planning Department, told The Neshoba Democrat (https://bit.ly/1eQzns8 ) crews lost about 15 days to bad weather.

The current schedule, Hockins said, will see construction complete by Dec. 30. The hospital is expected to open by spring 2015.

Construction began in September 2013. A “topping off” off” ceremony was held April 5.

The 178,000 square-foot, 20-bed Choctaw Health Center will have a 36-room outpatient department, 18-chair dental department, several treatment rooms (two for trauma), an emergency department, emergency medical services, behavioral health and community and public health services and all necessary support services.

The project is a joint venture between the Tribe and the Indian Health Service and is funded by USDA Rural Development and Trustmark National Bank.

Once complete the facility will be over twice the size of the current Choctaw Health Center.

Opened in 1976, the current Choctaw Health Center was built for a Tribal population of 4,000.

It now serves the 10,000 plus members of the Tribe, as well as eligible non-members.

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Information from: Neshoba Democrat, https://www.neshobademocrat.com


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