The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, will open a new, $20 million pediatric surgical center Friday with the only 24-hour pediatric emergency room in the state. The seven operating rooms are decorated in themes -- the "state fair" room, the "beach" room -- in vivid colors to comfort pediatric patients. Parents will be allowed to follow their child's entire procedure. The center, the idea for which originated about six years ago after the main hospital was built, was paid for by fund-raisers, money from hospital profits and bond issues. It will be the site for the nearly 4,000 surgical procedures each year. -- by the Associated Press
Miss. hospital to open new pediatric surgery center
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