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|Promise to open in Vidalia next month|
Promise Hospital will open its 16th long-term acute care hospital in Vidalia next month.
Promise Healthcare Regional Senior Vice-President Bryan Day told guests at the ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday that it's not just the newest.
"This is the finest long-term acute facility in the country," Day said. "This facility is the showplace."
The private room hospital, located on the Vidalia Riverfront, covers 49,826 square feet and has 40 beds, and also includes eight ICU rooms.
The hospital is Promise's sixth in Louisiana and is a major upgrade from its facility located near Ferriday in a building shared with Camelot Nursing Home.
"We always were kind of thought of as a nursing home in that location," said Promise Hospital of Miss-Lou CEO Lee Huckaby. "This will help us get away from that image."
A long-term acute care facility is designed for those patients who require a longer than traditional hospital stay for recovery from serious injuries, surgery or sickness. The company is partnered with Natchez Regional Hospital, Natchez Community Hospital and Riverland Medical Center, Day said.
Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland said the opening of $16 million facility continues the dream of former Vidalia Mayor Sidney Murray years ago.
"I remember riding along the levee and Sidney's vision, which started with the Riverpark Medical Center," Copeland said. "Promise is going to be a tremendous citizen to our community."
Richard Gold, Promise Healthcare's executive vice president and director of hospital operations, said his company is excited to be a part of the Miss-Lou community.
"This is a great market, and we look very much to future success with the community," Gold said.
Huckaby expressed his appreciation to the city of Vidalia.
"From the city administration to the police and fire departments, I can't even tell you how they have worked with us," he said. "They were there at our beck and call."
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