-- The University of Southern Mississippi
Research Foundation is moving forward with negotiations to purchase
the former Garden Park Hospital building on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
from the Hospital Corporation of America for the cost of $1. The 120,000-square-foot
facility is located on 11 acres in Gulfport.
The sole purpose of the Research Foundation is to
promote and support research and research-related activities.
"With the acquisition of this facility, we will
now have adequate space to grow research-related programs of the
university and be able to partner with private and nonprofit entities
for the benefit of the people of south Mississippi," said Dr.
Angie Dvorak, president of the Research Foundation.
The facility has been vacant for approximately four
years. The Research Foundation is securing financing necessary for
refurbishment of the facility based on tenant needs. "With
the advancement of technology and our needs for hi-tech research-oriented
work space, we expect the facility to be top of the line after renovations
are completed," said Dvorak.
The University of Southern Mississippi Research
Foundation is a Mississippi corporation and a nonprofit 501(c)(3)
organization, which was established in 1998. Board members of the
Research Foundation are Lawrence Warren, Dr. Cecil Burge, Dr. Jim
Evans, Jan Lacy and Brad Brian.