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Updated: 8/21/2014 8:09 pm
LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- When a tornado destroyed the original Winston Medical Center in April, workers didn't skip a beat and rushed to save lives.

Those hospital workers are still providing care four months later, but from a smaller building.
The hospital opened a temporary facility three weeks after the tornado and has been treating patients there ever since.

"To have been put up so quickly and to have become functional so quickly, it's a real testament to the leadership and the people in the community," Winston Medical Center Physician Dustin Gentry said.

From the outside, the temporary building looks like it's a shell of its former location.

Once you're inside it, you see it still has many of the services it did before the tornado.

"It's what's on the inside that counts," Winston Medical Center Interim Chief Executive Officer Paul Black said. "That's what we mean, it's the people that we've got here providing the services, not necessarily the equipment they're using."

The temporary building has an ER, 11 in-patient beds, and some basic radiology equipment.

"We continue to add services to get back to where we were," Winston Medical Center Director of Radiology Robert Higginbotham said.

As for the tornado-damaged building, administrators plan to bulldoze it and rebuild.

"You can take what you're given, what your circumstances are, and move forward in the future and make things much better," Black said. "That's what we're looking for, that's the exciting part."

Hospital leaders expect their new facility to be finished in the next two years.

Until then, they're ready to call this temporary hospital home and to give the quality care Winston Medical Center built its name on.
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