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Riverland Medical Center's Board of Directors voted during its regular meeting Tuesday night to reinstitute wound care service at the hospital.

Riverland has not provided the service for five years.

Administrator Sam Ellard said the program would allow the hospital to treat referrals as outpatients.

"This was an extremely successful program in the past," Ellard said.

He said he hopes to have the service in place by Sept. 1.

"We need to iron out a few details this week and then we will move on from there," Ellard said.

Ellard said the new hospital under construction on the Ferriday-Vidalia Highway next to Marsala Beverage has completed an early phase of work. A dirt building pad was laid six weeks ago to allow contractors to measure the weight of the land. That process is complete.

"It came out very well and there were no settlement issues," Ellard said. "They will begin working on a paving project around the building. We have been able to do some other projects during the waiting period. Things will really start rolling now."

Riverland had total revenue of $1,519,517 for the month of March and expenses of $1,507,231 for a profit of $12,286.

The board approved policies and procedures for rehab, respiratory therapy, sugary, code of conduct, corporate compliance program, infection control, immunizations and administrative and business office.

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