Singing River Hospital and its patients are sure to benefit. Singing River Hospital is anything but quiet these days in the wake of a multi-million dollar renovation on the east side of its front tower. Kevin Holland, the C.E.O. of Singing River Hospital, says, “We want it to look as good as the Hilton across the street when we get finished. And I think the community is really going to respond well to that, and that's something we're very proud of.” Three floors are being completely gutted to add showers in each room to create a modern look. Holland also says, “Well the room upgrade is going to basically make this the most modern facility on the Gulf Coast.” Many rooms are going to undergo a complete renovation. The only thing that's not state of the art, are the windows, which thanks to a grant, will be replaced soon. Holland also says, “The windows will be sustainable up to 150 mile an hour winds.” That's good news with hurricane season just a few months away. The roof will also be replaced with the money from the 17 million dollar grant the hospital received from F.E.M.A., so that Singing River can be rated to withstand a category five hurricane.
Holland closes, “In hurricanes and times of disaster, we've got to be here and we've got to be functional, and so this is going to ensure that we're able to do what we do and to take care of this community, regardless of what's hitting us.” Construction on the hospital rooms are scheduled to be completed by early summer. Construction on the windows and roof are set to begin in a year. Hospital leaders say once the renovations are complete, the hospital will look like new inside and out.