CEO Billy Marlow said the Wellness Center is expected to be completed by the end of March 2011.
The new facility will be approximately 33,000 square-feet and will include an aqua therapy pool, a multi-purpose aerobic room with athletic turf, a lofted walking track, workout areas equipped with premiere fitness and cardio machines, meeting spaces designed to house wellness classes and two surgical suites as well as offices for staff.
The projected cost of the center is $8.25 million. North Sunflower Medical Center will pay for $2.4 million of the costs. The rest will be funded through a $3 million direct loan from the USDA and a $3 million, 20-year, general obligation bond from Sunflower County.
“Ruleville is my hometown,” said Marlow. “There are a lot of people that would like to see the area revitalized.
“We want to offer a quiet and safe living environment for our residents and potential residents,” he said. “We want to become a bedroom community of Cleveland.
“Our budget is approximately $35 million annually and the majority of that budget is spent in Cleveland,” Marlow continued. “We have so much to offer.
“We have a lot to offer Cleveland as well,” he said. “We put back into Cleveland.”
In other hospital news, the Sunflower Diagnostic Center located at 101 E Floyce Ave. in Ruleville is set to open soon.
The center is a women’s diagnostic center and is set to open its doors in September.
Nancy Moon will be heading up the clinic as the clinic’s director and mammography tech. She is also a certified bone density tech.
Moon worked at Clarksdale’s Woman’s Clinic.