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Pediatric Services

Pediatrics

North Mississippi Medical Center's pediatric unit, located on the hospital's fourth floor, serves children from discharge after birth through 18 years of age. The staff includes experienced full-time and part-time nurses, some of whom are certified in pediatrics and many of whom have more than 20 years of tenure at NMMC. Pediatric patients include those with general childhood illnesses, as well as those recuperating from surgery. Respiratory Care services are available around the clock when needed.

Doodlebooks

The "Doodlebooks" project, named in memory of William "Doodlebug" Seale, allows children hospitalized on NMMC's pediatric unit to use donated videos and games from a cart, and to select one book to keep. In addition, each pediatric inpatient receives an age-appropriate new toy, thanks to donations from employees, individuals and groups.

Visitation Policy

  • Visiting hours at NMMC's Pediatric Unit are 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. daily.
  • One caregiver must stay in the room with the child at all times during hospitalization.
  • No more than two adults may stay overnight with the patient.
  • Siblings may visit, except for the conditions listed below, but no other children under age 12 are permitted.
  • All siblings under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All other children between ages 12-18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Siblings and other children are not allowed in the isolation rooms.
  • No siblings or children are allowed to stay past visitation hours.

Helpful Information

  • A crib is placed in each room occupied by a patient age 2 or younger as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The crib must stay in the child's room throughout the duration of the hospitalization.
  • If the child feels up to it, the Pediatric Unit staff is happy to provide PlayStation video games, a LeapPad Imagination Desk, and a variety of books or videos upon request. Also available is Fisher Price's Star Station and wireless microphone that lets children see themselves on TV as they sing along to their favorite songs.
  • All pediatric patients must leave NMMC with an appropriate car seat as required by Mississippi law.
  • NMMC is a "tobacco free" campus. This means that smoking, along with other tobacco use, is not permitted on NMMC property. This restriction applies to visitors, NMMC employees, physicians and patients.