Holly Springs rep: Two new hospitals in same area counter-productive

The effort to bring a hospital to Northwest Mississippi is a tale of two counties — DeSoto and Marshall.

If one fails, the other is said to be waiting in the wings to capitalize on the efforts that have already been made.

For the past decade, Olive Branch officials and state lawmakers from the region have been attempting to locate a hospital in Olive Branch.

It now appears that Marshall County is quietly working behind the scenes to locate and build a hospital of its own. Those plans could also include an expansion of their existing facility.

“We have on the drawing boards, a major hospital for us,” State Rep. Kelvin Buck, D-Holly Springs, said Tuesday.

Buck did not disclose how far along Marshall County officials are in that process.

Buck, who represents Benton and Marshall counties, said Marshall County officials are pursuing their own hospital in efforts to improve health care for citizens of that area.

Buck serves on the House Medicaid Committee in addition to the Select Committee on Poverty and is vice chairman of the Universities and Colleges Committee.

Desoto Times
5/14/9