By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer
The new $13 million Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw is now open for business as of July 2.
Patients can now go to the brand new, start of the art hospital for emergency and medical needs.
“The wait is over. We are finally open,” said Allen Gamble, PCH-Choctaw administrator.
“The final hurdle is over. We passed state inspections and the county approved,” he added.
The state-of-the-art hospital features 15 private patient rooms-some with beautiful scenic views, and expanded 24 hour emergency room equipped with newer equipment and is technology oriented.
Other medical needs such as the laboratory and radiology departments and swing bed program are housed in the new state-of-the-art facility.
“Swing bed patients will have more room in their rooms to better serve the patients staying a longer time,” said Gamble about the size of the patient rooms.
With the new facility also comes increased availability for ultrasound services. Patients that need an ultrasound can have one performed any time.
When a patient is in need of transport by helicopter, they will no longer be transported to the football field. The new hospital features a helipad right outside of the ER.
A surgical suite is another special feature of the hospital. Pioneer says they hope utilize the surgery suite in the near future.
Also coming soon is a cafeteria open to the public, with a separate public entrance.
Another future service will be offering MRI to people in the area. Gamble said the facility was built to accommodate a mobile MRI.
Respiratory, physical, occupational and speech therapy is also available to patients at the hospital. These offered therapies are housed one parking lot away from the hospital in the new medical office building and they also see patients outside of the hospital.
The new hospital is located at the intersection of Highways 9 and 12 in Ackerman.
A public open house and ribbon cutting is planned for late July. Details will be announced soon.
Ground was broken for the county owned hospital in late January 2012. Construction began immediately afterward with progress seen soon after. The first phase of construction was to build a brand new medical office building, which opened in December 2012. Once that was complete, construction was fully focused on the new hospital.
The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors accepted the substantially complete certificate on June 28 that made the hospital officially owned by Choctaw County.
The Board of Supervisors immediately approved to allow Pioneer Health Services to take occupancy, which began their lease of the facility.
The county has also purchased approximately $700,000 of equipment for the new hospital and medical office building.
Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw offers more services outside of the hospital. They operate three medical clinics-Pioneer Medical Clinic, Pioneer Family Medical of Ackerman and Weir. They also operate Pioneer Physical Therapy and the Choctaw Nursing Home.