SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – For the second time in less than a month, a major medical company announces it’s setting up shop and adding hundreds of jobs in Southaven, Mississippi.
Thursday morning, Fresenius Medical Care broke ground on the massive Spectra Laboratories, which will provide a range of kidney treatment care. A mix of tax incentives finalized the deal, with the facility expected to be fully operational in 2021.
Thursday’s groundbreaking in Southaven followed a 450-job announcement last month from medical manufacturer Medline. Everyone from the Southaven mayor to Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant believe Desoto County is solidifying itself as a growing hub for medical jobs.
Senatobia, MS teacher and coach Scott Blaylock is one of those patients receiving such care. Last month, after Blaylock said he ‘felt like he was dying’, he went to the hospital and learned of a potentially devastating diagnosis.
“They said, by the way, your kidneys have failed,” Blaylock said.
But all was not lost for Blaylock. He began a four-day per week home dialysis treatment, through Fresenius Medical Care.
“It allows me to have some version of a normal life,” Blaylock said.
More medical success stories are expected at the soon-to-open site on Stateline Road in Southaven. That’s where in 2021, Fresenius Medical Care’s Spectra Laboratories will open, offering a range of kidney services. Along with that care, it will add 300 jobs, potentially as many as 600, Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite said.
“It’s a big deal you know, this is something a city doesn’t have every day,” Mayor Musselwhite said.
“Health care helps keep professionals here,” Gov. Bryant said.
Gov. Bryant said Southaven’s industrial party infrastructure, Baptist Desoto Hospital, and other clinics make it a potential magnet for more medical companies.
“We are trying to build a medical corridor here from Memphis through Desoto County. It’s been successful in Jackson, our medical corridor, new medical city in Harrison County,” Gov. Bryant said.
Gov. Bryant hinted to reporters Thursday another medical jobs announcement could happen in Southaven as early as next week.
The Southaven mayor said the 300 laboratory jobs will average $61,000 a year and a company spokesperson said the application process for those jobs will begin probably in a year or so.