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02/09/05

New Hospital Long Time Dream Of Doctors

The ten acres Cedar Lake Medical Plaza bought from the development commission sit inside the Biloxi Commerce Park off Popps Ferry Road. It's already a building hotspot for numerous businesses that are either open or under construction.

The doctors at the medical plaza would like it to be the site of Biloxi's newest hospital. Dr. Strawford Dees is the president of Cedar Lake Medical Park. 

He told us, "It's always been our goal to have a surgical hospital on the grounds. The recent acquisition of the development commission property in the Biloxi Commerce Park is to insure enough property is available to complete that goal."

In 1999, the Cedar Lake complex opened. Doctors of various specialties treat patients there. Outpatient surgeries are performed at a clinic next door. The center was built to keep up with the growing demand for medical services north of the city, as the population keeps moving to the area.

A surgical hospital is part of the plan to offer more medical options. But Dr. Dees says the cost, the number of beds and a timeline are all unknown right now.

Dr. Dees says his group has not applied for the required certificate of need from the state to build a hospital. At their meeting Monday, the Harrison County Supervisors signed off on the land purchase.

byMarcia Hill

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