Upgrades and improvements at Pemiscot Memorial Hospital

Friday, June 22, 2018
Renovations and upgrades are underway in the operating rooms at Pemiscot Memorial Hospital. Photos provided

Jim Marshall CEO at Pemiscot Memorial Hospital in Hayti is excited about the recent upgrades.

“The initial work is being done in the Surgical Suite,” informed Marshall. “We’ve also recently opened a new diagnostic center that has a brand new, state-of-the art MRI in it. It will have a lab where we’ll be doing toxicology drug screens as well.”

There are other services and additions coming in the future.

“We’ll be doing ultrasound and we’re going to be obtaining a digital mammography machine to go in the diagnostic center.”

Expansion of existing services is also in the works.

“We’ll be doing an expansion of our main clinic on the campus,” shared Marshall. “They’re adding 5,000 square feet onto that clinic.”

Marshall stated there will be a group of doctors providing services in the expanded clinic.

“Right now it’s Dr. Arshad, Dr. Naushad, and Dr. McPherson,” he said. “We’ll begin to refer to them as a multi-specialty patient clinic and they’ll call themselves Advanced Patient Care.”

Stan Morris Construction is handling the renovations.

“We’re updating the controls for positive and negative pressure in each operating,” said Morris. “We’re also updating the control of the humidity levels as necessary. All of those upgrades have to do with infection control.”

Morris continued, “One of the important features about having positive pressure is that the surgeons can perform total hip replacements and related surgeries like that now.”

“It all ties into sterilization and infection control,” stated Marshall. “With Dr. Landry doing open bone surgery these upgrades have become even more important. It will allow our surgeons to perform procedures they haven’t been able to do in the past.”

“It will expand our capabilities in surgery significantly,” he said.

Marshall stated he is happy to be able to accommodate and provide services to all those affected by the recent closing of Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett.

“In the hospital’s mission statement we talk about providing state-of-the-art health services to the community, so with the closure in Kennett our community just got a little bigger,” said Marshall.