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Above: Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (behind red bow) cuts the ribbon at the opening celebration for Methodist Olive Branch Hospital.
Methodist Healthcare Olive Branch Hospital will hold its grand opening ceremony for the public today at 10 a.m. in Olive Branch, Mississippi at 4250 Bethel Road (at Highway 78). The five-story 100-bed hospital will begin taking patients at 7 a.m. on Monday, August 26.
“We are so pleased to be fulfilling our promise to the people of Olive Branch and surrounding counties to bring our healthcare services closer to them,” said David Baytos, chief executive officer of Methodist Olive Branch Hospital.
From design to build, Methodist Olive Branch Hospital took just 23 months, with 16 of those devoted to construction. It is the first newly licensed hospital to open in the state in 25 years. Methodist Olive Branch will grow to become a full-service community hospital, offering several specialties—general and minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics, maternity, cardiology and cancer care, among others. Emergency services, lab and imaging will be available upon opening, with other services following soon after as patient volume grows.
The state-of-the-art hospital is expected to draw 1,500 attendees for the opening event which will include remarks from Miss. Governor Phil Bryant, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker and Congressman Alan Nunnelee. Also speaking will be David Baytos; Gary Shorb, chief executive officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare; Olive Branch Mayor Scott Phillips; former Olive Branch Mayor Sam Rikard; and Angie Brazil, representing the Methodist Olive Branch Family Partner Council.
Rev. Bobby Baker, director of faith and community partnerships will offer the opening prayer and Rev. Harry Durbin, Methodist Healthcare interim senior vice president of faith and health will bless the facility. The Olive Branch High School band will provide music, and Tommy Woods, Methodist Healthcare board member and former State Representative, is slated to sing the national anthem.
The hospital has been designed to meet energy efficiency and sustainability standards and will be the first LEED- (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified hospital in Mississippi. The hospital is built to meet the LEED 2009 standard for healthcare set by the U.S. Green Building Council and will be one of only a handful of hospitals in the country to achieve the standard.
Designed with input from patients and families, the hospital was truly a labor of love, in keeping with the hospital’s Patient- and Family-Centered Care culture. Each of Methodist’s hospitals has a council made up of former patients or their family members to ensure patients and families are active in their care, are engaged as integral members of the healthcare team and have a voice that is heard and are involved in making decisions about their care. The Methodist Olive Branch Family Partners Council was highly engaged in the design of the hospital, making choices about décor, color pallets…even the angle of the patient beds to ensure they can enjoy the views and interact with visitors without straining.
In a ranking completed by location analysis company Gadberry Group for Businessweek.com, the Olive Branch area is not only the fastest-growing town in Mississippi, but the fastest growing city in the U.S. The ranking is based on such factors as growth in the number of households within city limits and surrounding areas over the decade and from 2009 to 2010, plus average length of residency and average household income.