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Baptist DeSoto expands emergency department

The first phase of Baptist DeSoto’s emergency department expansion project – which started last spring – is complete, adding 20,000 square feet of space.

Construction crews now turn their attention to renovating 9,000 square feet of existing space. When completed, Baptist DeSoto’s ED will measure more than 42,000 square feet with renovated treatment areas and waiting rooms, 55 rooms and a new CT scanning room.

“The population in DeSoto County continues to grow, and so we need to grow along with it,” said Dr. David Hooker, medical director of Baptist DeSoto’s ED.  “In the end, we will have 71 treatment spaces, which is well above the 30 we are working with now.”

The hospital’s ED has seen an 8% increase in patients this year and expects that number to increase with the closure of Senatobia, Mississippi’s North Oak Regional Hospital’s emergency department.