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Hancock Medical celebrates construction milestone

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Hancock Medical Center celebrated a construction milestone Monday. The $35 million Katrina renovation project is making serious progress.

Hospital leaders unveiled their newly reconstructed obstetrics, ICU and radiology units.

Hospital leaders held a ceremonial ribbon cutting to show off the new look and medical capabilities patients will now find in the hospital's nursery and intensive care unit.

"Probably the thing we're most proud...we have a brand new $1.4 million patient monitoring system that works through out the entire facility. The radiology department received a post Katrina make over too," said Bob Pascasio, Hancock Medical Center CEO.

Hancock Medical Center is now loaded with some impressive medical equipment, as well.

Pascasio said, "We have every imagining modality that you can think of."

Phase two of the reconstruction work also gave the hospital a new and improved gift shop.

The five phase project is moving quickly. So fast that the work that was scheduled to be finished in 2014 could be done a lot sooner.

"We've actually combined phases three and four together we were actually able to coordinate that with the contractor, and we think we're going to be able to hopefully get done a little bit quicker, " explained Hank Wheeler, Hancock Medical Center Facilities.

"Upon completion of phases three and four, I would venture to say that not only will we have one of the best hospitals in the United States of America," said Larry Ladner, Chairman Board Of Trustees.

FEMA is funding the majority of the restoration work.

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