By Daniel Brunty The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce held their bi-monthly Brown Bag Lunch program at noon on Apr. 18 at the Choctaw County Community Center. The guest speaker for the day was Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw Administrator Lauren Williams. Williams wanted to address the members of the audience on the status of the new hospital facilities being constructed, as well as to dismiss any discrepancies that the public may have about the project. Williams began her presentation by giving some background information about herself, such as being born and raised in Magee. She also mentioned receiving her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern Miss. Williams then gave a brief status of the construction of the hospital. She mentioned the various wings as well as services that the new facility will provide to the citizens of Choctaw County. She also mentioned additions to the staff, including doctors and other personnel. Williams also mentioned the staffing of a doctor for the emergency room who will be on call. This will allow citizens who were concerned with the emergency room not having a doctor staffed not to worry. Williams stated that the new hospital will have a surgery room, allowing citizens to avoid a trip to other facilities for these services. She also stated that the operating room will be of the highest level. It will be able to handle small invasive procedures such as hernia or gallbladder surgery. A main topic that Williams addressed with the audience was community involvement with the new hospital. “Pioneer is dedicated to this community,” said Williams. “It is dedicated to the health care in this area, and it will definitely be around for years to come.” She was very excited about the progress that has already been made and wanted the community to know that any issues or questions about the hospital, they should not be hesitant to contact her or the hospital to have them answered. Williams ended the speech by answering questions from the audience as well as reiterating her excitement about the new facilities, which hope to be completed by this time next year. If you have any questions regarding the construction or general information about the new hospital, you may contact Vaughn Hill, Community Educator, at 662-285-1959.