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MRMC Opening February 4
Wednesday, 12 January 2011

January 12--  While many hospitals are struggling to keep their doors open, Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia is opening a new state-of-the-art hospital which represents a $100 million investment, according to CEO Alan Kent.

ImageKent tells a tour group about the new $1.4 million CT Scanner.

Less than a month from now, on February 4th, Kent says the new medical center on Highway 280 East in Vidalia will be open for business.

"Equipment is being installed now, furniture is going in, all of the patient rooms are being prepared to accept patients. Over the new few weeks, we're doing staff training and orientation on new equipment and procedures and we're getting ready to bring patients over from the old hospital the morning of February 4th.  On that day, our emergency room and operating rooms will be up for service and we'll close the old facility down," he says.

Kent has been at Meadows for eleven years and believes the foresignt of many in the community during the past is making the new medical center a reality.

"We all know that these facilities age and with technology changing over time, what I can say we've done is build on the successes of the past.  The previous physicians, the previous nurses, board members, authority members, city councils, county commissions, all of those people were looking for the same things we're looking for today, and that is improving care and conditions for the community.  We've been in a fortunate situation to build on those things from the past to take it to the next level," Kent notes.

The medical center already is planning to build a cancer treatment center next to the new building and is also opening a wound management center.  It's diagnostic equipment includes the most advanced MRI and CT scan equipment in the state, Kent says.

Meanwhile, back on Meadows Lane, he says no decision has been made on the future of the old hospital building. 

 
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