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Every Monday through Friday
On WTVA at Noon and Ten...
1777 Curtis Drive
Iuka, MS 38852
North Mississippi Medical Center-Iuka is a not-for-profit, 48-bed general acute care hospital affiliated with one of the nation’s leading health care organizations. NMMC-Iuka offers the following services: full laboratory, clinical pharmacy, radiology, rehabilitation and respiratory therapy. NMMC-Iuka is affiliated with North Mississippi Health Services, a 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient.
NMMC-Iuka has a five-member governing board that is actively involved in daily activities and decision-making processes at the hospital.
NMMC-Iuka is one of six hospitals nationwide, and the only one in Mississippi, to receive the Premier health care alliance's inaugural QUEST Award for High Value Healthcare for reaching the top performance thresholds in Premier’s QUEST®: High Performing Hospitals collaborative in these five areas:
• Mortality: Eliminate avoidable hospital deaths.
• Cost of care: Safely reduce the cost of care for each patient’s hospitalization.
• Evidence-based care: Deliver the most reliable and effective care based on national guidelines that follow proven practices.
• Harm: Improve patient safety by preventing harm in 25 categories, including infections.
• Patient experience: Improve the patient’s overall care experience.
NMMC-Iuka improved the delivery of recommended evidence-based care measures by approximately 16 percent as a participant in the voluntary QUEST collaborative. Evidence-based care measures include interventions such as administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge and smoking cessation for heart attack patients.
In doing so, NMMC-Iuka reduced its case mix and inflation adjusted cost by an average of $200 per patient while reducing harm in its organization through initiatives designed to prevent patient injury such as fall and pressure ulcer prevention. Additionally, with targeted improvements, the hospital’s patient satisfaction scores have increased since joining QUEST.
In the first 30 months of the collaborative, QUEST hospitals saved an estimated 25,235 lives and $2.85 billion in costs.
Their observed mortality is 5 percent lower than non-participants when compared to what is expected, having dropped 23 percent. Furthermore, national costs for inpatient care have increased by 21 percent over the course of the project, compared to a mere 4 percent cost increase among the QUEST hospitals.
Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 75,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom’s National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington.
NMMC-Iuka is also the recipient of two VHA Leadership Awards, honoring the hospital for meeting or exceeding national performance standards for clinical care and quality. NMMC-Iuka is the only hospital in Mississippi to have received these national awards for clinical excellence and patient satisfaction.
VHA serves more than 1,400 not-for-profit hospitals and more than 24,000 non-acute health care organizations nationwide.
The VHA Clinical Excellence Award for the Patient Experience honors hospitals that achieved high scores in all six of these categories:
For a complete list of winners, go to www.vha.com.
Inpatient care includes 24 hour direct patient care with multi-disciplinary services, including: nursing, radiology, laboratory, ultrasonography, nuclear medicine, CT, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, food and nutritional services, and social services. Spiritual assistance is also available 24 hours a day through a volunteer chaplain program staffed by volunteer local pastors. Specialties available for consult include orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.
The hospital also has 10 certified swing beds for patients who need extended care based on availability and resources. The two most common reasons for admission into swing bed are rehabilitation services (see rehab services page) and long term IV antibiotic therapy. Each referral to swing bed is reviewed on a case by case basis.
Nursing care at NMMC-Iuka is based on a team approach. Each of the nursing staff members are trained and maintain competency on a wide array of patient populations including infants, pediatrics, adolescent, adults and geriatrics. Some of the most common diagnoses treated are chronic heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, stroke, gastritis, chest pain, urinary tract infection, transient ischemic attack (mini stroke), bronchitis, asthma and diabetes. As of 2009, the average working experience of the nurses at NMMC-Iuka is 17 years each.
NMMC-Iuka offers 24-hour emergency services. The Emergency Department is staffed by well-equipped, highly qualified nurses and physicians. Emergency air ambulance services are readily available for critical care transport when needed. In addition, NMMC-Iuka offers paramedic-level ambulance services.
Outpatient services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory, radiology, respiratory care, infusion, wound care and cardiac monitoring.
The Rehabilitation Services Department is staffed by registered physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. The department, which is located inside the hospital, provides outpatient rehabilitation, occupational therapy, acute care and swing bed, among other services. For more information, call (662) 423-4058.
The Outpatient Specialty Clinic, which is located on the hospital campus, hosts physician specialists in urology, pulmonology and orthopedics. For more information on outpatient specialty clinic services or to make an appointment, call (662) 423-6147. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
The mission of NMMC-Iuka’s Sleep Disorders Center is to combine excellent clinical skill and the best technology to provide cost effective and high quality sleep diagnosis and therapeutic plans to support NMMC’s mission of improving the health of the people in our region. The Center is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
NMMC-Iuka’s Radiology Department is staffed by board-certified radiologists and registered radiologic technologists. Radiology services include echocardiogram, holter monitoring, diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, mobile mammography (twice a month), MRI, bone density and computerized tomography (CT). The department is accredited by the American College of Radiology and the Food and Drug Administration. For more information on the Radiology Department, call (662) 423-4518.
A wide array of chemistry, bacteriology, blood bank and drug testing is available 24 hours daily in the hospital’s Laboratory, which is Joint Commission accredited. The lab is also certified by DATIA to perform Department of Transportation drug screen collections. Industrial drug screen collections are also provided for pre-employment and post-accident testing. For lab information, call (662) 423-4516.
Pharmacy services are provided to hospital inpatients and employees.
The Respiratory Therapy Department at NMMC-Iuka is staffed by licensed respiratory therapists who perform all respiratory support services, including ventilator procedures, arterial blood gases, pulmonary function tests, EEGs, BIPAP/CPAP, smoking cessation and asthma consults. In addition, the department does one-on-one teaching for peak flow meters and inhaler instruction. The department also offers spirometry testing and pulmonary function testing for area industries.
Outpatient infusion services are available with physician referral. This service provides injections, IV infusions, antibiotic therapy and blood transfusions. Outpatient infusion service is an option for those patients who are not home bound and do not qualify for home health care. It is also an option for patients who are not able to travel to a doctor’s office for regular injections or infusions. For more information, call (662) 423-6051.
In addition to caring for the sick, NMMC-Iuka’s role as a health care provider includes educating people to maintain good health through the NMMC Live Well community health initiative. The professional staff provides outreach programs on health education, industrial medicine and preventive services throughout the service area.
Community outreach projects include informative health seminars and screenings. A variety of classes cover such topics as CPR, first aid, heart health, cancer and diabetes education, nutrition and others. While some programs are sponsored solely by NMMC-Iuka, others reflect collaborative efforts with other interested parties such as employers, area schools and organizations.
NMMC-Iuka Wellness Center features cardiovascular and weight equipment, as well as fitness classes and health lectures.
When needed we provide easy access to the physician specialties at NMMC-Tupelo, a Baldrige-award winning hospital.
Patient satisfaction and quality of care are important at all North Mississippi Medical Center locations. The physicians and staff work to address patient complaints in a timely manner and to improve the service provided to patients.
Patients or their representatives who have a complaint or would like to express concerns about their care and safety while in the hospital or who have a compliment to share may contact Careline at (662) 377-2273 or click here to e-mail us.
Individuals 18 years and older are welcome to volunteer at NMMC-Iuka. Volunteers may work in clinical areas, assist with patient and visitor comfort, and perform clerical duties. Volunteers work with the volunteer coordinator to set their work hours. Most work at least four hours per week, but there is no minimum requirement. Some volunteers who have limited time offer to help with special projects and events. Click here for a volunteer application.
Corporate Information: Tishomingo Health Services, Inc. d/b/a North Mississippi Medical Center-Iuka