The grand opening date of the new $19 million Neshoba County General Hospital was announced this week as the project is about 85 percent complete.

The public will have an opportunity to tour the new hospital on Sunday, June 30 from 2 to 4 p.m.

A reception and short program is also being planned.

Contractors are expected to complete work by the end of May.

The installment of X-ray and mammography equipment began this week.

Foil and Wyatt Architects has tentatively set the state inspection of the facility for early June.

The helicopter pad is in place as well as site lighting pedestals.

Topsoil and sod will soon be added.

Work is also near complete on the walls, ceilings and floors of the existing hospital where the two structures will connect.

The first floor of the new hospital will house the lobby, emergency department, four intensive care beds and the radiology department.

The second floor will consist of 25 new patient rooms, surgery and pharmacy.

The new replacement hospital is the first of the two-phase overall hospital project.

Phase 2 will follow and entail the renovation of the current 50-year-old hospital. Plans call for the laboratory, rehabilitation department and respiratory therapy to be housed on the first floor of the current hospital. OB/GYN offices will be on the second floor. The third floor will consist of five labor and delivery rooms, C-section or nursery.

The fourth floor will be a 10-bed geropsych unit.

The renovation will also include a lab, gift shop, new corridor and offices.

Both phases would mean a combined total of 44 patient beds for the county hospital.