Winston Medical Center

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Nominee
Award Category: 
Non-Metro
Property Name: 
Winston Medical Center
Developer: 
Winston County Medical Foundation
Owner: 
WMC Public Benefit Corporation
Location: 
Louisville, Miss.

Category Explanation

The Winston Medical Center (WMC), will be a full-service hospital, long-term senior care and rehabilitation facility, and a medical office building, replacing the original medical center destroyed by an EF-4 tornado, in the low-income community located in rural Louisville, Miss.

Brief Description of Development

The Project involves the demolition of existing buildings, and development and construction of the new WMC campus, replacing the original medical center destroyed by an EF-4 tornado in April 2014. The new 24 bed full-service hospital, 120 bed long-term senior care and rehab and medical office building facility will have a level IV trauma emergency center, full service laboratory services, long-term and skilled nursing care, diagnostic imaging, respiratory, physical, occupational and speech therapy, and outpatient surgery and diagnostic services.

But-For Statement

Though the Project will receive insurance and FEMA proceeds, these funds were not sufficient to support the entire development budget. But for NMTCs, Winston County Medical Foundation would not have had the financial capital to rebuild the medical center, to allow WMC to move out of its temporary facility and return to full capacity, as well as provide improved facilities and services to the Louisville community.

Narrative Statement

Winston Medical Center has been serving the community since 1958 with a mission to improve the quality of life to citizens in Winston County and the surrounding communities through performance, accountability, service, integrity and teamwork. Prior to the tornado, WMC was a full‐service facility that served as Winston County's only hospital offering 24/7 emergency room care, inpatient hospital care, inpatient geriatric psychiatric care, long‐term care and a wide range of outpatient services. WMC also owns and operates Winston Medical Clinic LLC, which offers clinic services to the community at two locations in Louisville and one location in Noxapater, Miss.

On April 28, 2014, Winston Medical Center took a direct hit from an EF-4 tornado that demolished more than 300 homes in Winston County and took the lives of 10 of its residents. Despite this tragic event, WMC was able to protect the 125 residents and patients in the facility while at the same time managing to treat new patients who came to the emergency room as the result of their storm related injuries. WMC followed its established Emergency Preparedness Policies and Procedures, and as a result, was able to report zero deaths and only one minor injury to the many residents, patients, visitors and staff who were in the Medical Center and surrounding clinic buildings at the time the tornado hit.

Since the tornado, WMC has operated out of tent-based temporary facilities. In early April 2015, WMC was able to open a transitional medium-term facility, allowing WMC to improve patient capacity, though the facility remained limited and operating at only 70 percent of pre-tornado levels. The Project involves the demolition of all existing buildings, and development and construction of the WMC campus, which will include: the main hospital building, a nursing home, an administration and multipurpose building, a medical office building and outpatient therapy facility, an a purchasing, housekeeping, mechanical and maintenance building.

The new Winston Medical Center will replace the original medical center and serve the healthcare needs of the community, with both inpatient and outpatient services. The 24 bed full-service hospital, 120 bed long-term senior care and rehab and medical office building facility will have a level IV trauma emergency center, full service laboratory services, long-term and skilled nursing care, diagnostic imaging, respiratory, physical, occupational and speech therapy, and outpatient surgery and diagnostic services.

Located in a severely disinvested area where the poverty rate is 32.2 percent and the unemployment rate is 1.32 times the national average, the Project will retain 220 quality jobs, and create at least 60 permanent new, quality jobs, as well as 300 construction jobs.

At full capacity, the hospital and rural health clinic are anticipated to serve 18,500 patients annually and provide both Medicaid and Medicare patients in the community increased access to primary care services. It is estimated that 31 percent of the patients will be low-income persons. The nursing home will serve 120 residents, which equates to 43,800 resident days per year, of which an estimated 95 percent will qualify as low-income.

The mission of the Winston Medical Center is to improve the quality of life to residents in Winston County and surrounding communities through performance, accountability, service, integrity, and teamwork. WMC with service Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program patients and perform outreach to provide education to the low-income community to promote healthy lifestyle choices.

The State, County and City have brought substantial resources to rebuild WMC and the City of Louisville in an effort to revitalize the entire community after the tornado destroyed 391 structures and damaged another 307 structures. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant assisted in bringing a FEMA mobile disaster hospital within weeks of the tornado to provide a temporary home for WMC. The Louisville community mobilized quickly to assist with each step forward for WMC, including clearing 3 feet of debris in less than 30 hours to prepare for the temporary hospital location. Legislators and the Mississippi Department of Health worked together to ease Certificate of Need regulations when a facility needs to rebuild quickly, providing cost savings and efficiency of process for WMC.

The $55.5 million financing of the project will allow for demolition of all existing buildings, and development and construction of the WMC campus in rural Louisville, Mississippi.

The Project financing utilized $5 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocation provided by Capital One Community Renewal Fund LLC, $13 million in new markets tax credit allocation provided by Community Hospitality Healthcare Services LLC, $10.5 million in new markets tax credit allocation provided by CCG Community Partners LLC, and $6 million in new markets tax credit allocation provided by Hampton Roads Ventures LLC, and $6 million in new markets tax credit allocation provided by Three Rivers CDE Inc. The Project also received $18.3 million in Mississippi State Income Tax Credit allocation provided by Community Hospitality Healthcare Services, LLC, CCG Community Partners LLC, and Three Rivers CDE Inc. The State, County and City have brought substantial resources to rebuild WMC and the City of Louisville in an effort to revitalize the entire community after the tornado destroyed 391 structures and damaged another 307 structures.

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