State Health Officer announces Certificate of Need decision

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Jackson, Miss. – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) announces the issuance of a Certificate of Need (CON) for the following project:

Forrest County General Hospital d/b/a Asbury Hospice House

            Hattiesburg, Mississippi

            Construction of Hospice Facility

Forrest County General Hospital d/b/a Asbury Hospice House received Certificate of Need (CON) authority to construct a freestanding facility dedicated to hospice care. The proposed building will be located at 304 South 40th Avenue in Hattiesburg and will consist of approximately 20,000 square feet of space.

The total capital expenditure for this project is $6,449,306.

Mississippi's Certificate of Need process is a fundamental component of the state's health planning and health regulatory activities. In managing the Certificate of Need process, the Department seeks to improve the health of Mississippi residents; to increase accessibility, acceptability, continuity and quality of health services; to prevent unnecessary duplication of health resources; and to provide some cost containment.

The MSDH has administered the Certificate of Need program since July 1986.  Since then, more than 1,400 Certificate of Need applications have been reviewed, representing total capital expenditures of approximately $5 billion. The next Certificate of Need monthly meeting will be July 31, 2014, at the MSDH offices in Jackson.

The department's staff analysis for each Certificate of Need application is published online at