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New hospital brings peace of mind

JONES COUNTY (KWWL) -- Jones County continues to make progress on a brand new $12.8 million replacement health facility.

As construction continues, hospital officials say the old facility will no longer cut it.

"Both the campus itself as well as the building weren't well suited to renovate it or use that space," said Hospital CEO Sean Williams.  

The new Jones Regional Medical Center features more space and modern technology designed to handle an increase in outpatient care.

"It's going to be designed for you to get in and get out very efficiently and very quickly," said Williams.

One of the more notable improvements of this facility is its location.  Situated at the very busy intersection of Highways 151 and 64, it'll be able to provide better accessibility for its patients.

Just about 10 miles north of the new hospital is Camp Courageous, a non-profit recreational and respite care facility for people with disabilities.

"You can get from Camp Courageous to Jones Medical Center just in a matter of minutes," said Williams.

Many of these campers have medical needs, sometimes beyond the care available on the camp grounds.  And in the event of an emergency, the trip time to the hospital will be cut in half.

"It's real reassuring for parents to know there's a facility this close that can handle almost any type of situation," said Camp Courageous Director Charlie Becker.

The new facility is expected to open next fall.  So far over 700 donors have contributed more than $3 million to the project.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

Online Producer:  Dani Blecha

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