Health-Care Services in Vicskburg, MS

By Joe Morris on April 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm EST
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PHOTO CREDIT: Brian McCord

Whether it’s for advanced cardiac care, outpatient surgery or just a skinned knee, having quality health care near home means peace of mind. In Vicksburg, it also means River Region Medical Center.

The center, a part of River Region Health System, continues to expand its services to take care of the community. It is the first accredited chest pain center in Mississippi, at the front edge of both diagnostic and treatment methods in many other specialties.

Chest Pain Center Accreditation Achieved

Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers means the Heart & Vascular Center at Region River’s protocols, systems and approach to patient management all work to reduce time needed for the fastest, best treatment when a heart episode is occurring or about to occur. Accreditation also means that hospital administrators and staff have met rigorous requirements that include on-site evaluations in several areas.

Beyond its heart care facilities, River Region also excels in emergency services, with a fully integrated emergency room tied into the local emergency medical system. Other on-site facilities include physician practice clinics, an outpatient diagnostic imaging center, orthopedics clinic, street clinic, pain medicine clinic and a chemical dependency unit.

New Hospitalist Program Adds Extra Layer of Care

River Region also has launched a hospitalist program, which will enhance patient care by stepping up physician accessibility and treatment coordination. Hospitalists are doctors who focus on illnesses that require hospitalization. They work with patients and physicians, and are on call around the clock. This gives them special expertise, and provides River Region’s physicians and staff with an extra layer of service for patients.

All this takes a lot of room, so it's small wonder River Region is the largest single hospital project ever built in Mississippi. The 372-bed complex has nine surgery suites, one just for open heart procedures, three cardiac catheterization labs, GI suites, a digital mammography area, and an imaging department with a 64-slice CT scanner under its roof.

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