NMHS Welcomes North Mississippi Medical Center Gilmore-Amory
AMORY, Miss. – Gilmore Memorial Hospital entered the new year with a new name, North Mississippi Medical Center Gilmore-Amory, and a new lease on life following its acquisition by North Mississippi Health Services.
“Our new affiliation with NMHS has brought us through and past bankruptcy, which would have had a major negative economic impact on not only Amory, but Monroe County as a whole,” said Allen Tyra, NMMC Gilmore-Amory administrator. “These changes have brought us goodwill. Gone is the stigma of bankruptcy, allowing us to focus completely on great care for our patients.”
Shane Spees, NMHS president and CEO, said, “We entered this year with much excitement as we welcomed Gilmore-Amory into the NMHS family. The first change we made was replacing the hospital’s signage on Jan. 1, our first day of business there. When weather permits the hospital’s parking lot will be resurfaced, then we will be catching up on deferred maintenance items.”
Planned improvements aren’t limited to the physical plant. Another notable change will take place on Feb. 1, with NMMC Gilmore-Amory bringing Outpatient Rehabilitation Services back in-house. “This will create more local jobs when that service is sourced locally,” Tyra said.
Benefits for patients include having the local clinics in-network with NMMC, existing telemedicine services blended with NMMC Telehealth Services and an electronic medical record (EMR) that connects all the providers and services to the NMHS EMR. NMMC Gilmore-Amory’s clinics and ambulatory services are slated to be on the second phase of the Epic® electronic medical record. The first phase will go live in April 2019. The hospital’s clinics have been renamed as Amory Medical Clinic, Amory Specialty Clinic, Amory Children’s Clinic and Hamilton Medical Clinic.
“Staff from different disciplines throughout our health care system is working closely with the staff here in Monroe County to help make this transition go as smoothly as possible,” Spees said. “Our presence in this community will be noticeable as you see NMHS support staff coming into town, whether it’s our courier service, Information Technology, Education, Human Resources, Organizational Performance or other areas that provide support services.”
“I have been here six years and there is more stability here now than there has been at any time since I came to work here,” Tyra said. “The hospital’s physicians and staff are engaged, and everyone from NMHS has been extremely helpful. This is the best thing to happen with our hospital in the last 20 years.”
“NMHS will work with NMMC Gilmore-Amory on physician recruitment, strategic planning and quality and safety initiatives,” Spees said. “We’re proud to have them in the NMHS family and look forward to helping them grow.”