Community invited to Jackson Hospital’s $17M Operating Suite Addition Ribbon Cutting



For Immediate Release
Contact:  Rosie Smith

Community invited to Jackson hoSPital’s $17M Operating Suite Addition Ribbon Cutting
Drop-in December 1st 3-5pm CT with Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting at 3:30pm CT

November 21, 2016, Marianna, FL.    Please join Jackson Hospital’s Board of Trustees, Administration, Medical Staff, Surgical Department, Employees, and Volunteers, Thursday, December 1st, between 3 and 5pm CT, at 4250 Hospital Drive, Marianna, for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Reception for its brand new, state-of-the-art Operating Suite Addition.

Jackson Hospital broke ground on the project fall 2016.  The operating suite addition is a new 9,500 sq. ft. area on the south side of the hospital.  The new space will be home to four specially constructed operating rooms, including a state-of-the-art hybrid room, four procedure rooms, and an OR nurses’ station.  Jackson Hospital is doubling its capacity for patient pre-operative reception and post-operative patient recovery.

Pictured is a rendering of the new hybrid operating room that will be configurable for a variety of surgical procedures including future capabilities such as heart catheterization.   One of the areas viewable during a special behind-the-scenes tour of the addition during the reception.

After the opening of the new addition, a renovation project will kick-off on the existing 12,500 sq. ft. space now used for patient Pre-op, Post-anesthesia Care unit, Chapel, Lab draw station, Sterile Processing, and Operating Rooms 3 and 4. 

Jackson Hospital CEO Larry Meese says, “Whether expanding the Emergency Room, creating an Infusion Center, or undertaking the current $17M Surgery Expansion, our priority is to provide the care our patients deserve and expect.”  He continues, “Ensuring appropriate care, patient safety, and good outcomes drives every decision we make.”

Jackson Hospital recently added to its surgical capabilities full-time ENT (Otolaryngology) service for pediatrics and adults.   This new service complements the existing surgical services of General Surgery, Gynecology, Orthopedics, Plastic Surgery, and Urology. 

Other construction expansion projects include new construction Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine Center and Quick Care Center at the intersection of Highway 71 and 90 E, Marianna.  Both are expected to be completed by the end of December 2016.  Whereas, In early December, Dr. Ricky Leff and ARNP Michelle Baber join Dr. Orlando Muniz and DNP Rita Smith in a combined and newly expanded OB/GYN practice at the Hudnall Building, 4230 Hospital Drive, Suite 209, Marianna, FL.

Jackson Hospital is growing its surgical capabilities, medical specialties, and physical facilities.   The hospital is located at 4250 Hospital Drive, Marianna, FL.  For information on hospital services, visit website For Physician referral, please call Rachel Toliver at (850) 718-2629.


About Jackson Hospital

Jackson hospital is an award-winning facility and is proud of its most recent award, the FHA Award of Significance in Reducing Harm Across the Board from the Florida Hospital Association at its Quality and Patient Safety Summit in October 2016.  Jackson Hospital's recognition is due to its success meeting the Partnership for Patients' goals in at least 80% of the applicable topic areas, reducing patient harm and readmissions and making the FHA Hospital Engagement Network so successful.  Statewide, the FHA estimates that hospitals in the HEN prevented 5,283 cases of harm, avoiding $28.7 million in health care costs. 


Before that award, designation as iVantage’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital.  The hospital, one of only 1,043 of more than 3,300 eligible, was recently recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals:  Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Surgical Care, Immunization, and Perinatal Care.  The March of Dimes and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recognize Jackson Hospital as the first hospital in Florida’s panhandle for achieving an early elective delivery rate less than 5%.  The hospital was also recently designated by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association as a Blue Distinctive Center+ for Maternity Care designation, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program.

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If you would like more information about this topic please call Rosie at (850) 718-2696 or email her at


Photo caption: 

Photo 1 - OR Nurses Ryan Smith, RN, and Emily Goodwin, RN, show-off the forthcoming nurses station in the Operating Suite Addition. 

Photo 2 – Artists rendering of the state-of-the-art hybrid OR room. 

Photo 3 - The General Surgeons Dr. Teresa Goodpaster, Dr. Stacy Harbin, and Chief of Surgery, Dr. Chai Arunakul.


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