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More progress for Sumter Regional Hospital

July 23, 2007

Americus--  It'll be years before tornado-ravaged Sumter Regional Hospital is fully back in business but the hospital's newest temporary location will open in just months.

Construction began about three weeks ago on Sumter Regional's interim hospital. It's the first time FEMA has used what are called COGIM blocks to build a hospital. In fact, it's the first time they'll be used anywhere in the United States.

The 70,000 square foot facility will be a smaller version of the destroyed 288,000 square foot hospital.

"The 70,000 square foot is fewer beds. We'll have 70 beds in that facility. We'll have four OR's, one dedicated OB-OR. We'll have labor, delivery, postpartum, single-room maternity concept just as we had in this building," said Sumter Regional CEO David Seagraves.

Hospital leaders hope to have the interim facility open by November. A new permanent hospital is expected to re-open in Summer of 2010.

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