Baptist Medical Center Leake Announces Opening, Tours of New Hospital

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Baptist Health Systems based in Jackson, Miss. is proud to announce the grand opening of Baptist Medical Center Leake in Carthage, Miss. on Monday, December 15, 2014.

Tours and a ribbon-cutting of the new facility took place on Thursday, December 11, 2014. Click here to view the dedication ceremony.

This new facility is 54,690 square feet and serves as a critical access hospital. It offers 25 private rooms with brand new amenities including a new 16 slice computed tomography scanner (CAT Scan).

By definition, a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) is a hospital that is certified to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare. Critical Access Hospitals must be located in a rural area and be over 35 miles distance from another hospital. Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. is the tertiary referral hospital for Baptist Leake.

“It has been exciting to work with everyone in the community to expand our services to this area," said Baptist Health Systems Chief Executive Officer Chris Anderson. “This includes not only providing advanced specialty care support to Baptist Leake as a critical access hospital, but also operational initiatives that improve quality performance. This is consistent with our long-term strategy of developing partnerships with other hospitals in our secondary service area to ensure affordable and accessible health care."

Baptist Leake offers several outpatient services including endoscopy, general surgery evaluation, podiatry and wound care.  According to Baptist Leake Administrator Daryl Weaver, “Plans for additional outpatient services are being researched and will be added in the future for patient convenience.”

Valley Foods is the vendor for a full operating cafeteria. Not only will it service patient meals, the cafeteria will be open to the public with a steam table, salad bar and grab and go options. There is a full seating dining hall located in the cafeteria for employee and public convenience.

Baptist Medical Center Clinic operates a network of clinics in the area. A new primary care clinic will be located in the hospital open Monday – Friday from 7:00 am until – 8:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm.

Baptist Medical Clinic will also continue to offer primary care from their Walnut Grove location with hours of Monday – Thursday from 7:30 am until 5:00 pm and Fridays from 7:30 am  until noon.  A new feature will be the addition of a Women’s Health Clinic located at 302 Ellis Street (the former Carthage Clinic) offering women’s health and OB prenatal care from our Baptist Obstetrics program.

“This is a great day for the employees, physicians and for the people of Leake County and surrounding areas who will benefit from exceptional healthcare,” added Weaver. “Our medical staff’s energy and passion for and commitment to excellence will help reinforce and drive the continued high-quality, coordinated patient care."

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