OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX)- You've seen the building on Hwy 90 in Ocean Springs. It's quiet on the outside, but inside, it's alive with activity. Doctors, nurses, and administrators are preparing to open the brand new Ocean Springs Medical Park.
The park is designed bottom to top for state-of-the-art healthcare. One of the units inside is a new Regional Cancer Center location.
"This gives us an increased capacity to treat more patients more days a week than what we are doing now," said Vice President of Cancer Services Chris Holland. "And we're real excited about it because it will meet the needs of the patients on this side of the county."
Holland said having a Cancer Center on the west side of the county is critical to the cancer center's operation. Until now, the patients from Ocean Springs had to drive to Pascagoula for their cancer treatments most days. Holland said the travel is extremely hard on cancer patients.
"All the necessities that we need to treat patients are located in this building," he said. "It's very important to our cancer patients to get cancer care very close to home. So our presence here on this side of the county is very important to them."
Just across the hall from the Cancer Center is a women's imaging center designed to mimic a spa. It's the first one of its kind in Jackson County. Some people say that kind of outpatient attention just couldn't happen in a hospital.
"A huge advantage of the Ocean Springs imaging center is that outpatients would have the priority here and have the constant flow here in the building," said Nurse Coordinator Donna Barthes. "As a patient myself I would love to come here for the one on one, and the extra TLC. We're going to go that extra mile."
Barthes says moving outpatient care here will free up some much needed space inside the Ocean Springs hospital.
"I've heard complaints from some patients, you know waiting rooms, it's a little overbearing at times. And especially when you're sick," Barthes said. "I believe the outpatients being here, we can focus more on the inpatients and speeding up the flow over there in the hospital."
The Medical Park will house all outpatient imagine services, including CT, MRI, ultrasound, and Diagnostic Radiology. There will be $2.5 million of technology inside the building once it's all completed.
The Medical Park's grand opening is April 6.