Published on October 03, 2018

NMMC Auxiliary to Fund Pediatric Unit Upgrades

TUPELO, Miss.—The North Mississippi Medical Center Auxiliary recently donated more than $102,000 to enhance the hospital’s new pediatric unit.

In February the pediatric unit moved from Women’s Hospital to the hospital’s main facility to accommodate the increased number of children who are able to stay in Tupelo for critical care, thanks to the addition of pediatric hospitalist physicians around-the-clock. Pediatrics now occupies 1 Central, which was formerly an adult rehabilitation unit. “We want to create a different experience for children,” explained Ellen Friloux, administrator for Women and Children’s Services at NMMC. “We want to brighten up the unit and make it more welcoming.”

“We understand there is a pediatric hospitalist physician who specializes in children’s care, and we hope patients can be treated here without having to be transferred out of state,” said Catherline Payne, president of the NMMC Auxiliary. “We understand children need to be in a treatment area that is especially for them.”

Plans call for fresh paint, new floor tile, colorful LED lighting and updated signage. “We’re considering an ocean theme because that would appeal to a wide age range,” Friloux said. “We plan to add artwork and interactive displays to engage the children.”

A nonprofit charity, the Auxiliary was organized in 1937 when NMMC opened. “Our money comes from sales in the Auxiliary Gift and Floral Shop,” Payne said. “We appreciate the public support we have in our gift shop.”

For more information about the NMMC Auxiliary, call (662) 377-4192 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).

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