Rehabilitation Institute

North Mississippi Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Institute is a 28-bed unit on the west wing of NMMC-Tupelo’s first floor. Our team of professionals helps patients reach their individual goals. Rehabilitation helps you regain function, mobility, independence and ultimately quality of life.

Admission Criteria

The patient must be:

  • Medically stable
  • At least 18 years old
  • Diagnosed with a clearly defined rehabilitation problem that requires intensive coordinated rehabilitation services on an inpatient basis
  • Able to participate in at least three hours of therapy daily with the potential to attain a rehabilitation goal within a reasonable time frame
  • Be motivated to participate in therapy

Families are also an integral part of therapy. We will establish a discharge plan for follow-up care before admission. Our medical director and admissions team evaluate each patient before admission. This process determines whether you are ready for the program medically and whether your needs will be best served by this program.

Rehabilitation Diagnoses & Functional Problems

Selection of patients for rehabilitation is along functional, rather than disease specific guidelines. Functional problems may include:

  • Impaired mobility Impaired ability to perform self-care activities
  • Impaired communication skills
  • Impaired safety in performing functional activities
  • Impaired perceptual and cognitive skills

Rehabilitation can be beneficial for:

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Congenital deformity
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Amputation
  • Major multiple trauma
  • Fracture of the femur
  • Brain injury
  • Polyarthritis
  • General deconditioning
  • Stroke
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Motor neuron disease

Accreditation & Licensure

  • CARF International (inpatient adult rehab and stroke)
  • Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (adult)
  • Mississippi State Department of Health


Team Effort

When a patient is admitted to the Rehabilitation Institute, our team conducts an evaluation to determine degree of functional disability. In agreement with the patient and family, the team establishes a treatment plan with one goal in mind—that you achieve the highest level of functioning possible so that you may resume a more active and productive lifestyle. Team members work intensively with the patient every day and meet weekly to review your progress.

Professionals on our team:

  • Physiatrist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Rehabilitation Nurse
  • Rehabilitation Case Manager
  • Nurse Practitioner

Our team also relies upon other professionals to provide support services if needed. These professionals include:

  • Dietitian
  • Chaplains
  • Orthotist
  • Prosthetist
  • Pharmacists
  • Respiratory Therapists

Visiting Hours

Visiting hours at the Rehabilitation Institute are 5-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 3-8 p.m. weekends and holidays.

Driving Assessment & Training

Head injury, stroke and amputee patients may need help determining whether they are able to return to driving. Physicians can refer you for Driving Assessment and Training. Before driving, an inpatient screening measures visual perception, reaction time, muscle strength and cognitive abilities. A minimum one-hour drive is modified to meet your specific needs, usually following familiar paths, in the "rehab car" equipped with adaptive equipment. The therapist makes a recommendation to your physician and helps you secure adaptive equipment for your own vehicle.

Therapeutic Leave Program

The Therapeutic Leave Program allows you to leave the hospital on a day pass. Therapeutic leave enables you to feel comfortable in your own surroundings and helps you adapt to changes in your home environment. Therapeutic leave also allows caregivers the opportunity to identify other potential problems, learning needs and coping skills needed before discharge.

Educational Resources

Links to educational resources are available in your information packet and are posted in your room. Ask the rehabilitation staff for more information on topics of interest.

Community Orientation

Occupational therapists plan activities to help enable you to successfully re-enter your natural environment. Activities include excursions to grocery stores, shopping centers, restaurants, movies and sporting events.

Going Home

Our team helps you transition to outpatient or homebound therapy. Team members often visit the patient's home and workplace to evaluate accessibility in those buildings. Then the team can recommend modifications, such as needed equipment, installing ramps or widening doorways. As you prepare for discharge, our team provides specific home care instructions, as well as referrals and follow-up consultations.

Second Time Around Program

We accept new and used durable medical equipment for patients who may not have the funds to buy needed items through our Second Time Around program.

For More Information

For more information about rehabilitation services throughout NMMC, call the facility nearest you or 1-800-THE-DESK (1-800-843-3375)