US-based Health Management Associates expects the construction of its 67-bed, $42m Madison River Oaks hospital in Canton, Mississippi, to be completed this week, and hopes to begin operations next month.

The hospital will provide 24-hour emergency care, general surgery, orthopaedics, women’s services, paediatrics, intensive care and radiological diagnostics.

Health Management Associates marketing director Renee Cotton told the Madison County Journal that the firm has a target opening date of 25 May.

It owns five other hospitals in Jackson, Mississippi.