It's a project that started in February of 2011, and after nearly a year and a half of patience, patients are enjoying the newly renovated Main Lobby of the Jackson Hospital.
"It's unbelievable to me, absolutely unbelievable. It's just hard to imagine that they could do this to what they had," says Louise Daffin, who has been a patient at the hospital.
The first part of the project included the ER expansion, which nearly doubled the number of beds. Now, the reconfigured and renovated first floor will optimize patient flow, centralize patient registration, and provide space and comfort for visitors.
"It encourages the residents of Jackson County to understand that we want to provide them with a wonderful place to receive healthcare, and that they don't have to go out of this community to receive it," says Dr. Robin Albritton, a family practice physician at the Hospital.
The first floor reconfiguration also relocated certain services like the outpatient laboratory and radiology and chemotherapy in another building.
"It allowed faster access for our patients. They appreciate getting in and out much quicker. The lines aren't nearly as long," says Albritton.
The beauty of the area, patients say, is a dose of the right medicine.
"It's lovely to begin with, and when it's lovely, it's easier to be sick in a place where its beautiful," says Daffin.
The last phase of the project will be the new MRI suit which is expected to be open this fall.