STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Stone County Hospital is celebrating a new addition to its fleet - a brand new ambulance.
Staffers hope the vehicle will bring a sense of renewed commitment to the community.
"My whole crew and the EMS staff are so excited. We all are," said hospital Chief Operating Officer David Burkart.
Customized specifically for the hospital, the medical response vehicle took roughly six months to build from scratch. With more space to work, better seating, and better medical functionality - like a built-in oxygen system - the hospital staff couldn't wait to check it out.
Burkart is glad to have something tangible to represent his sentiments about the hospital, and the commitment to excellent health care.
"This just shows them our commitment at Stone County Hospital to them as well as the commitment to the county," said Burkart.
Employees see the addition as more of an opportunity to provide that care.
"I'm just amazed, I could sit back here all day. It's going to be amazing. It's got plenty of room to take care of the patient," said paramedic Mindy Cochran.
According to Cochran, the technology on board is the most current in the industry. The new ambulance will replace one of the older ones in the fleet. While it won't add a vehicle to the recently reduced ambulance service, Cochran is confident that it only means good things are ahead for the hospital.
"This is definite a positive turn. We're not looking back. We're looking forward," said Cochran.
Cochran's supervisor, Marilynn Mallett, hopes people in the area will see the new ambulance as a continued commitment to their medical needs.
"It just makes people realize that we're here for the community and this is what we want to do," said Mallett.
Mallett believes this new vehicle will allow the community will be well served for years to come. The hospital will still have two ambulances in operation during the day and one at night.