New additions to Jackson Hospital

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Some new spaces at Jackson Hospital may help staff better serve the community.

Director of Surgery Steve Richards said some areas were renovated.

"In the pre-op area we had five rooms over there, now we have eight," Richards said. "In the recovery room we went from four bays to eight."

They also added a minor bedside procedure space. The hybrid rooms, operating rooms, and endoscopy suites are brand new.

The hybrid room has the ability to function as a cardiac cath lab, an orthopedic suite, and as a general operating room.

The room has radiology capabilities, as well as video displays for doctors to check x-rays as they work.

"We had been doing a lot of good work for many, many years using the technology in the space that we were in before, but this space
gives us a lot more room to work, a lot cleaner appearance," Richards said.

Richards said he hopes these advances will better serve the citizens of Jackson County.

"I think that people would frequently in the past opt to go to Panama City or to Tallahassee or Dothan, but now they can get high-quality services with high levels of technology very close to home without requiring them to travel," Richards said.

Richards said staff members are excited and re-energized to use all the new spaces and technology.

The hospital also has a new chapel. There, the names of those who have made donations to Jackson Hospital are engraved on the sides of the pews.