Health and Healthcare in Tupelo, MSHealthcare comes down to access, affordability and outcomes. Tupelo residents have access to 21 acute care hospitals within 60 miles. The ratio of residents to primary care physicians is 155:1 compared to the 598:1 national ratio. Tupelo residents are part of Lee County, which ranks 13th for health outcomes and 6th for health factors in the State of Mississippi. Additionally, residents spend 3.9% less than the national average on health care-related goods and services.
Health Outcomes Ranking13th in Mississippi out of 82 counties
Health Factors Rank6th in Mississippi out of 82 counties
Health Behaviors Rank12th in Mississippi out of 82 counties
Hospitals in Tupelo, MS21 hospitals within 60 miles
of Tupelo, MS 1,658:1 population to hospital ratio
Doctors in Tupelo, MS225 doctors within city limits
of Tupelo, MS 155:1 population to primary care ratio
North Mississippi Medical Center, a longstanding Tupelo asset, and is about to get even bigger and better. NMMC is building $55 million West Bed Tower on campus adjacent to an existing tower of the same name. Once the new five-story West Bed Tower opens in early 2013, the current tower will be stripped to the slab and columns and then rebuilt to match the expansion.
A cancer diagnosis is often an uphill battle for patients, but the physicians and staff at North Mississippi Hematology & Oncology Associates have been arming themselves against the deadly disease for nearly 30 years. HOA Since 1979, Tupelo’s HOA has provided patients in North Mississippi, Northwest Alabama and Southwest Tennessee the highest quality treatments for blood disorders, as well as clinical trials not frequently offered in this region.
An active lifestyle is a healthy one, but in Tupelo, wellness isn't just about running around the block. Several area businesses make fitness fun and relaxing. The Dance Studio The Dance Studio brings sizzle to the Magnolia State with instructors specializing in American Smooth and American Rhythm ballroom dancing. The studio hosts weekly themed dance parties and instructors give private and group lessons. Learning to dance isn't just good for the social scene, but the body and mind as well.
The North Mississippi Medical Center's road hasn’t been an easy one. Leaders in the Tupelo area fought through the Great Depression, a damaging tornado and more than 1,000 miles of distance to convince a nonprofit New York organization to build a 50-bed hospital in Tupelo in October 1937.
A new citywide wellness program aims to get Tupelo citizens, from kids to seniors, biking, swimming, doing Zumba, striking yoga poses and more each week.
First graders in Tupelo are learning the basics of water safety, thanks to a program called Safe Splash at the Tupelo Aquatic Center. Safe Splash is made possible by a partnership between the Tupelo Public School District and the City of Tupelo Department of Parks and Recreation.