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$100M hospital on target for August opening

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OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (FOX13) -

It was February of 2012 when ground was broken on Methodist Healthcare Olive Branch Hospital.

Fast forward to Feb. 7, 2013 and the new hospital is really starting to take shape and is nearing its August target date. Some saying that when it opens, this will be one of the most state-of-the-art hospitals in the country.

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Construction crews will finish bricking in the outside of the hospital by next week. After that the windows will be installed and the interior will be finished off.
 
"The weather has been all right, the rain could have been a little bit better," said Richard Kelley of Methodist Hospital. "We finally got the roof on the project so now we are rocking and rolling."

The hospital will be finished near the July 4 holiday, but isn't expected to open until August.

"That's when we start seeing patients," Kelley said. "We need a couple of months to go through inspections and to bring equipment in."

The building of the new hospital has created more jobs in Olive Branch.

"Well it's a total of $100 million project," Kelley said. "We've used local construction contractors and we are anticipating 150-200 jobs at the hospital over the next two years."
 
This hospital will be one of the most energy efficient in the country. It will be heated and cooled using a large energy efficient, truly green heatpump that looks like something crazy out of a Batman movie.
 
"It's new technology, probably only two to three hospitals in the country are utilizing this in the country right now, so we are trying to be as innovative as possible out here," Kelley said.
 
Olive Branch residents and those nearby have to make the 30-minute trek to a hospital in Southaven or Germantown, Tenn.

Those days are just about gone.
 
"A lot of folks in the community are really happy to see the hospital and they are really supportive and we're glad to be here," Kelley said.

The Methodist Healthcare Olive Branch Hospital will open as a 60-bed hospital, but ultimately will have 100 beds.

Methodist says they chose Olive Branch because it was identified as the fastest growing city in the country.

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