- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - On the same day Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, the board of directors at Memorial Hospital was set to vote on an expansion of the main patient tower.

President and CEO Gary Marchand says nearly 10 years later hospital leaders are seeing that plan come to fruition as construction kicked off Monday on the $50 million project.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/LRzzZW ) the five-story, mostly brick building will get a makeover inside and out. A glass and tile facade will match the existing West Tower, two floors will be added, and modernized and larger patient rooms will eventually fill the third through seventh floors.

Fred Garguilo, vice president of administrative services, said the glass shell can withstand up to 135 mph winds and is built to international standards.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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