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Skilled Nursing Facility

The Skilled Nursing Facility is a 20-bed unit located on the third floor of the west tower of North Mississippi Medical Center. Primary diagnoses of eligible patients include, but are not limited to, orthopedic injuries such as simple fracture or joint replacements, general debilitation, post op cardiac surgery, stroke or brain injury.

Dr. Max Taylor is the unit's medical director.

The NMMC Skilled Nursing Facility is a Medicare certified facility. It is not a Medicaid certified facility. Private insurance companies vary from policy to policy. The rehabilitation case manager will verify benefits, pre-certify admissions and negotiate payment with the insurance company. If the patient has no insurance, our business office will help set up a payment plan or help to complete a charity application.

The Skilled Nursing Facility provides 24-hour nursing care, as well as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social services, recreational activities and respiratory therapy.

To be admitted to the unit, the patient must have experienced a recent hospital stay of at least three nights. Patients must be medically stable and require skilled care. The expected length of stay in the Skilled Nursing Facility is 14-21 days. Arrangements for follow-up care must be established prior to admission.

The Skilled Nursing Facility will serve persons who have functional limitations secondary to physical impairment and who have potential to participate in and benefit from a comprehensive skilled nursing/subacute rehabilitation program. This is determined by the pre-admission assessment completed on each patient referred to the Skilled Nursing Facility.

Visiting Hours

Visitors are not permitted to stay overnight with patients except in certain circumstances as requested by the patient's physician. Visitors are encouraged to visit between 3-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Physician Referral

Physician offices may fax medical records to (662) 377-4119 for the rehabilitation physician to review. The Rehabilitation Case Manager will notify you of the recommendation and admission time frame.

Ineligible patients include:

  • Patient on high flow oxygen (over 5 L/M or 40% via ventura trach mask)/frequent suctioning (every four hours)
  • Chest tubes/ventilator patients
  • Cardiac monitoring
  • Fever equal to or greater than 101.5 degrees in the last 24 hours
  • Pulmonary isolation
  • Ranchos level 3 or less
  • Patient greater than 350 pounds, unless requiring only minimal assistance with bed mobility and transfers
  • Hostile, aggressive, combative or disruptive patients
  • Patients receiving IV chemotherapy or continuous parenteral opiates
  • Direct admission from ICU/ER - must be out of the unit and medically stable for 24 hours
  • Patients with untreated chemical dependency addiction or mental illness which will preclude full participation in the skilled nursing and rehabilitation program
  • Pediatric patients
  • Dialysis patients

Rehabilitation case managers will coordinate evaluation and admission to the NMMC Skilled Nursing Facility.

For more information, call (662) 377-4058.