By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw invites everyone to celebrate the opening of the new hospital with them on August 20 with a ribbon cutting, open house and reception from 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
The new hospital is located at 8613 Highway 12, Ackerman.
“Our hospital administrator Allen Gamble welcomes you to this great event for Ackerman and Choctaw County,” said Cecilia Derrington, community educator for PCH-Choctaw.
A program will be held at 5:30 p.m. right outside of the hospital doors by the flag.
Program activities will include raising of the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance by the Boy Scouts, the national anthem by Chris Jenkins, prayer by Lavan Murphy of St. Luke Baptist Church, music by Joyful Noise Quartet while Allen Gamble, hospital administrator, will serve as master of ceremonies.
Featured speakers of the program are District 35 Rep. Joey Hood, Supervisor President Chris McIntire, Rick Jenkins-Choctaw County Medical Foundation vice president and management from Pioneer Health Services corporate office.
James Caffey, director of Dietary at the Choctaw Nursing Center and hospital food services, will make refreshments.
There will be plenty of food, fun and prizes during the open house and reception.
“We are very pleased to showcase our new hospital to the community, city and surrounding areas. We believe this will be a wonderful economic development benefit to the county and offer medical services and benefits to our residents,” said Derrington.
Tours of the hospital, medical office building and physical therapy will be offered before and after the program.
“Medical director Terrance O’Malia, Dr. Gene Cathey, Alisha Tenhet, CFNP, and their staff welcome you to come see the Pioneer Medical Clinic,” said Derrington.
“Reid Draper, director of therapy, welcomes you to tour our therapy center as well,” she added.
Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw is partnering with the Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce and the Choctaw County Medical Foundation to provide this open house and reception.