The new critical access hospital for the rural parish will offer in-patient and out-patient services, an emergency department, surgical, and diagnostic services.
The Town Talk
November 18, 2018
Concordia Parish will have a brand new hospital within the next two years.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development announced Friday that it is providing $30 million to replace aging Riverland Medical Center in Ferriday with a new, state-of-the-art facility.
The 87,000-square-foot facility will be located on U.S. HIghway 84, just south of Ferriday.
“We’re real excited about it,” said Jim Graves, board chairman of Riverland Medical Center. “It’s going to bring us into
the modern world as far as health care is concerned.”
“Opportunities for rural communities to have safe and adequate hospitals for residents are extremely important for economic prosperity in rural communi-ties,” said Carrie Castille said, state director for USDA Rural Development. “USDA is committed to expanding access to health care facilities that provide a full range of medical services.”
The new medical center will have 25 beds and include an emergency department, intensive care unit, diagnostic imaging area, lab, and an area dedicated for surgeries and other in-patient and out-patient care. There will also be a connecting medical office building to house doctor’s offices, administrative and IT services.
Total cost of the project is $36 million, with the remaining $6 million coming from bank loans.
Graves said construction will start as soon as
the weather allows. Construction is expected to take about 18 months.
“The weather has got us right now,” Graves said. “But we’re happy to see it moving forward. A lot of people have worked hard on this for a long time.”
Riverland Medical Center was built in 1964.
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