State leading healthcare is nothing new to the Pine Belt but as a new $30 Million investment readies to open, the bar has been pushed a little higher. It's a new facility that hopes to be the crown jewel of the southeast.
74,000 square feet, and over $30 Million later, and the Orthopedic Institute, located on the campus of Southern Bone and Joint in Hattiesburg, is just weeks away from seeing its first patient.
"Focus our efforts on one subset of patients, and that's orthopedic patients, and the myriad of procedures that they undergo, and the special requirements that they have during recovery," explained Steve Jackson, Administrator for the Orthopedic Institute.
Wednesday provided the first glimpse into this multi-million dollar structure. It's a one-stop shop in orthopedic care, and it provides an unmatched convenience factor.
"An incredible patient experience. When you come in, you know, patients with orthopedic conditions typically have arthritis, or other mobility problems, so we tried to station everything around the front door. With just a few steps to everywhere they need to go," said Jackson.
Many of the same services will be provided as before, now paired with the latest in technological advances and patient care.
"We do knee replacement, spine surgery. We'll do sports medicine, hand and foot surgery. So we basically do the whole gamut of orthopedics," said Jackson. "We have some new technologies that we have recently acquired, such as the Mako robotic orthopedic device, so we got a lot of things going on here"
Many years have gone into the planning and building of this institute, in partnership with Southern Bone and Joint and Forrest General Hospital. The goal is to create an unrivaled experience unlike anywhere from Atlanta to Houston.
"This is really a good project for the state of Mississippi. It moves Hattiesburg ahead, Forrest County, the state of Mississippi. It is going to be a regional draw for orthopedic care. It is going to set the bar for care in this region," said Evan Dillard, president and CEO for Forrest General Hospital.