By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
-Rheumatologist to Join MRHC in August
A proposed renovation and expansion to the intravenous therapy facility at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth is on hold after all bids for the project came in high.
The MRHC Board of Trustees recently received seven bids for the project, but all of them exceeded the project’s budget.
The renovation is needed because the current facility has limited space, and “patient encounters” have increased 9 percent in the past year, according to the hospital.
“We also have a rheumatologist joining the MRHC medical community in August who will order infusions through this department on a regular basis,” the hospital statement added.
The hospital will keep monitoring patient volumes and reconsider the project in six months.
The project would have added more space and fully renovated the existing intravenous therapy facility. It would have provided 14 semi-private cubicle areas and two private rooms for longer-term patients, according to the hospital.
Intravenous therapy is an outpatient service and can often prevent people from having to be admitted to the hospital. Patients with a diagnosis of anemia, Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and asthma benefit from IV therapy in Corinth.
“If a nurse practitioner or physician decides that a patient needs an intravenous medication or blood product then they would order this service on an outpatient basis through the IV therapy department,” the hospital statement noted.
The current IV therapy facility is located on the main hospital campus in Corinth and is staffed by highly trained registered nurses.
IV therapy offers intravenous infusion services and injections such as blood, iron preparations, antibiotics, antibacterials, antirheumatics, immunotherapy and others, according to MRHC.