Published on October 08, 2018

NMMC Opens Pediatric ICU

TUPELO, Miss.—North Mississippi Medical Center recently opened a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to allow children with moderately complex diagnoses to stay closer to home for critical care.

“As stated in our mission, we will continue to look for opportunities to provide needed services not currently offered,” said David Wilson, NMMC president. “We are excited to expand our pediatric services with the addition of an intensive care unit.”

Encompassing four rooms on 2 South, the PICU will serve children with complications from diabetes, children needing non-invasive ventilation such as CPAP or BiPap, asthmatic patients requiring continuous Albuterol treatments, and other conditions requiring close monitoring.

Pediatric intensivist Lisa Gaye Thomas, M.D., is serving as the primary physician for the PICU. The University of Mississippi Medical Center-Children’s of Mississippi provides pediatric intensivist coverage at NMMC around the clock. The unit is staffed by registered nurses and respiratory therapists who are specially trained in critical care.

“In the past few years we have seen an increase in a variety of pediatric services in our community, including pediatric subspecialists. Our ability to care for a child with a more complex inpatient diagnosis is a natural extension of some of these services,” said Ellen Friloux, administrator for Women and Children’s Services. “Our physicians, nursing and other ancillary staff are excited to bring this option to children and families in our service area.”

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