NMMC-Tupelo Emergency Services Department

The Mississippi State Department of Health designates NMMC-Tupelo as a Level II Trauma Center and Secondary Pediatric Trauma Center in the Mississippi Trauma Care System. NMMC-Tupelo is one of three Level II Trauma Centers in Mississippi and the only one in the north half of the state to earn this designation. The NMMC-Tupelo Emergency Department features 58 patient rooms, including seven for trauma, seven for cardiac care and two for otolaryngology cases. The NMMC-Tupelo Emergency Department also houses a Rapid Medical Evaluation Unit.

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Meet the Clinical Manager: Derrick Forrester, MSN, RN 

Derrick ForresterDerrick Forrester has been in health care for fourteen years, with eleven of those years spent working as a Registered Nurse. “I have always had a passion for helping others,” Derrick says. “Nursing provided me a pathway to help people during the toughest times of their lives.

”When asked why he joined the team at NMMC, Derrick answered with pride. “This organization’s vision of being the provider of the best patient- and family-centered care aligns with my goal of creating the best work environment for staff and patients. My goals, as well as NMHS’ goal, align, and it feels great to be a part of this organization.”

Derrick and his wife, Lori, who also works at NMMC-Tupelo, have one son, Sawyer. Derrick enjoys hunting, fishing and coaching his son in soccer and baseball.

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