Construction on a new $19 million hospital is on schedule for an April completion date, officials said, as interior painting on the second floor is about to begin.

Crews are currently working on the interior of the new facility.

The second floor dry walling is complete, said Justin McDonald, of W. G. Yates and Sons Construction Co.

Yates is the project's construction manager.

Interior painting and the installation of cabinets are scheduled to begin soon on the second floor.

"We're working our way out," McDonald said, noting that the second floor will be completed before the first.

Currently the first floor's skeleton is complete with dry walling to begin soon, McDonald said.

Hospital Public Relations Director Annette Watkins said about 95 percent of the fire sprinkler system is complete on both floors. Also the waterlines have all been tested and flushed, she said.

A waterproofing process on the roof is 95 percent complete as well.

Eighty percent of the windows in the new facility have been framed and glassed.

Watkins said that, weather permitting, the grating and curb installation would begin in January.

The new two-story, 52,000 square foot hospital is being constructed adjacent to the existing emergency department.

The facility will house a new emergency room; a four-bed intensive care unit; 25 state-of-the-art patient rooms; a new radiology department; new surgery suite and a new pharmacy.

The new hospital is being funded by up to $5.4 million in New Markets Tax Credits and state Equity Investment Tax Credits, a $4 million CAP loan through the Mississippi Development Authority and cash reserves from the hospital.

Phase 2 of the hospital project will entail the renovation of the current 50-year-old hospital.

Once the old hospital is renovated, the laboratory, rehabilitation department and respiratory therapy will be housed on the first floor. OB/GYN offices will be on the second floor. The third floor will consist of five labor and delivery rooms, C-section and nursery.

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

Funding has not been secured for Phase 2.