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Health Care Team

Personal Physician

You were admitted to NMMC by your physician who is a member of the NMMC Medical Staff. Your physician is in charge of your treatment and will instruct nursing personnel in your care. Your physician may order tests to be conducted to help in diagnosing your condition.

The Nursing Staff

Nursing care is provided by experienced registered nurses (RNs), assisted by licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and nurses' aides. Also helping in your care are unit secretaries and attendants. The nursing manager coordinates nursing care on your unit. If you have any comments, questions or concerns about your care, feel free to request assistance from the nurse manager.

Social Workers & Patient Representatives

Patients and families who have social, emotional or financial concerns related to illness and hospitalization may receive counseling from a hospital social worker. The social worker helps coordinate discharge to other health care facilities. Social workers also serve as a valuable resource for community services needed after discharge.

Patient Representatives are available 24 hours a day in the intensive care waiting area and Emergency Services Department to serve as liaisons among patients, families and health care professionals. Their role is to assure communication among all parties and assist in meeting their needs. If you would like to talk to a social worker or a patient representative, call extension 3158.

Pastoral Care

NMMC provides chaplains who are available to patients and family members, regardless of religious preference. A chapel is located on the third floor of the hospital and is open to patients and visitors any time of the day or night. Worship services are held at the Behavioral Health Center at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday and in NMMC's chapel 3rd Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. For pastoral assistance, dial extension 3439.

Housekeeping Services

A member of the Environmental Services Department cleans your room every day. Should you require additional Housekeeping assistance, or should you have a suggestion or comment about your room, please call the Director of Environmental Services at extension 3444.

Home Care

NMMC's Home Health Agency provides health services tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient. Home Care allows patients to remain in their home and familiar surroundings with family members participating in their care. The staff follows a physician's orders and communicates closely with the physician as the needs arise.

Technology has developed to a point that almost any service available in the hospital can be delivered in the home setting with some modification. The home care team includes specialty nurses (such as diabetes, cardiac, oncology, psychiatric and pediatric); physical, occupational and speech therapists; dietitians, social workers and others. Most home care services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, Workman's Compensation and most private insurance. For more information call extension 2499.

Hospice

NMMC's Home Health Agency provides Hospice services to terminally ill patients who wish to remain at home with their families. This unique approach to patient care includes skilled professionals and lay people working together as a team. Hospice patients may receive nursing care as often as necessary, as well as prescription drugs and medical equipment as needed. Family counseling, pastoral care, volunteer services and bereavement care are also provided. Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies cover Hospice services. For more information, call extension 3612.

Volunteers

NMMC voulnteers are available to help you in many ways. They will bring books or magazines to your room, and they will deliver sundries from the Auxiliary Gift and Floral Shop to patient rooms at NMMC and Women's Hospital. For volunteer assistance , call extension 3131.

CARELINE

If you have a special concern, question, problem or compliment during your stay at North Mississippi Medical Center, please tell an employee or call CARELINE at extension C-A-R-E (2273). Someone will assist you promptly and will try to answer your concern within 20 minutes.

Medical Ethics Committee

Modern medicine has made great progress in treating severe illnesses, but not all illnesses can be cured or helped. Sometimes it is hard to decide if treatment will help a person recover or if it will only prolong a person's suffering. Usually such decisions are made by the patient, family and physician. In some instances, additional discussions with other people can help. NMMC's Medical Ethics Committee works to help patients, families and physicians who are struggling with tough choices. To contact the Medical Ethics Committee, you may either tell your physician or call CARELINE at extension C-A-R-E (2273).