Keesler Medical Center could be open in January BILOXI - KeeslerMedicalCenter could open its doors to outpatients in January and resume surgeries and inpatient care in March, Brig. Gen. William T. Lord told the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. The medical center, which is used by about 56,000 military retirees and active duty personnel, was flooded during the storm, when the surge spilled into the basement of the building and soaked the backup generators. Katrina dealt the base an estimated $915 million in damage. Lord said the Air Force also will resume its graduate medical education at the hospital, which trains about 100 doctors and nurses per year, once the patients return. Chamber members seemed taken aback by the level of damage at the base when Lord gave them a guided bus tour. He talked of the heroics at the base during the storm, and said two of the medical center's doctors performed a Caesarean section delivery using only a flashlight to see. The extensive damage to base housing, which makes the lion's share of the financial loss on base, was a focus of the tour. He said he expects about 1,000 of the base's 1,800 homes to be torn down and rebuilt.