Scotland County Hospital Receives 10 Million Dollars for Expansion and Renovation

Scotland County Hospital Receives 10 Million Dollars for Expansion and Renovation   

MEMPHIS, MO – Scotland County Hospital CEO, Marcia Dial, received word today that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) had approved funding for a five phase hospital expansion and renovation in Memphis, MO, as part of President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Scotland County Hospital is the recipient of nine million dollars in loans from the USDA and one million dollars in grants.
Phases I – IV adds 18,926 square feet of new building addition and 13,468 square feet of renovated space.  Phase V adds 7,300 new square feet.
Phase I provides two new modern and energy efficient boilers that will replace the existing old and failing hospital boiler system.   Additionally, Phase I will provide for a new emergency suite with triage exam and support space, new front entrance and image to the community, new drive under canopy, new central reception, admitting and registration areas, new main lobby and waiting room, vending and public restrooms.  New parking and circle drives with a closed, painted helipad and site utilities are also included in Phase I.
Phase II provides for a new out-patient and in-patient surgery center with a separate entrance and discharge exit.  This includes a new operating room, endoscopy minor room, stage I and stage II recovery, dressing areas, new central sterile supply, support and storage.  This area will be attached to the existing Women’s Center for operating room access to the existing c-section surgery suite.
Phase III provides for a new critical bed nursing unit of 20 beds with new or renovated patient rooms.  The new and renovated patient rooms include handicapped toilets and showers in each room.  Two of the new patient rooms are set up for special care, two more for isolation and two rooms for meeting the needs of the obese patient.  A new nursing station includes a medicine room, dictation area, nursing report room, lockers, administration areas and support, as well as a family waiting area with toilets, a consultation room and chapel.  The old nursing unit renovation, which is part of Phase IV will house I.V. and oncology therapy, pharmacy expansion, waiting and consultation rooms, physicians lounge, physician’s on-call area and conference and education space.  
Phase IV provides for renovations of the old surgery space into a consolidated radiology imaging suite.  The remainder of the old surgery holding area and imaging space will be utilized for a new outpatient service center with a waiting area and toilets, consultation rooms, non-invasive cardiology testing and two sleep labs.   The old emergency department will be renovated into an addition to the purchasing department and support services.
Phase V provides for a library within the hospital and expands to a collaborative arrangement with the Scotland County Public Library, whereas through a lending agreement, the hospital would have, on hand, a diverse library available from novels and light reading to consumer health, music on CD, audio books and classic movies.  These would be seen as a welcome activity for those confined to the hospital.  Also, the prospect of a library within the hospital opens great opportunities for the communities to access computers, community meeting rooms, website education and other educational opportunities.
Scotland County Hospital’s mission is “to improve the healthcare of our communities with services close to home.”  The hospital’s Board of Directors, Administration, Medical Staff and employees are committed to improving the health of the communities they serve.  Due to the hospital’s rural location, many resources are not available.  The staff at Scotland County Hospital does not believe that just because of its rural location, that essential basic medical services should not be provided.  And for that reason, the hospital board and administration sought out this funding opportunity with the USDA to expand and renovate the hospital facilities to better serve the residents of the area.   Hospital CEO, Marcia Dial, said, “This is just one more commitment we are making to the communities we serve, in aiming to improve their health, their access to exceptional medical services and facilities, and their quality of life.  We are humbled and grateful to have been approved for this funding and we are excited to add and expand services that will really address this area’s healthcare needs and improve the community’s well being well into the future.”
Construction is slated to begin this summer with a completion date of December 2011.