Oxford Residents Experience Healthy Growth
Oxford's healthcare system is experiencing off-the-charts growth.
As the city of Oxford experiences explosive growth, Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi is growing right along with it, increasing offerings, such as its surgical services, to meet the constantly expanding community needs.
The 217-bed hospital is one of the fastest-growing medical providers in the region and offers 24-hour emergency care. Since moving to its five-story, 600,000-square-foot-facility n in 2017, Baptist-North Mississippi has added to its staff of more than 130 medical providers and expanded specialty services, such as pediatrics and urology.
“We have had tremendous growth in our surgical services, as we have recruited additional cardiac, orthopedic, general and neurosurgeons,” says Bill Henning, CEO and administrator of Baptist- North Mississippi. “These surgeons, along with our existing surgeons, have continued to increase the hospital’s capabilities. We can also point to the same type of growth in our cancer, pediatric, urology and cardiology services.”
Henning says the hospital has the latest technology and is among the first in the country to install the Siemens ARTIS pheno-angiography hybrid operating system. The $3 million robotic operating system provides a view inside the blood vessels and heart. Its advanced surgery methods help fight patient infection.
“So much of the technology is designed around patients’ needs moving forward,” Henning says.
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Honored for Excellence
In June, the hospital’s Heart Center was recognized by the American College of Cardiology for its expertise in treating patients with chest pain.
The hospital earned the Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), also known as coronary angioplasty.
The award is based on a rigorous on-site evaluation of the hospital’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
Henning says the community benefits from having this advanced level of cardiac care close to home.
This year the hospital also received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association. This award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients are treated according to nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
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A Community Asset
Henning says the hospital is focused on delivering high-quality healthcare while being a strong community partner. The new building is praised for its accessibility to patients and visitors, such as seniors on scooters, mothers with strollers and people recovering from surgery.
The hospital received the Access Oxford Award for having excellence in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) design and accessibility.
Superior training for hospital staff is a priority for Baptist- North Mississippi and a value to the community. Hospital staff completed training on supporting new families in infant feeding, which led to its designation as a Baby-Friendly birth facility.
“The community is very proud of the new hospital and the medical staff,” Henning says. “They appreciate the commitment Baptist has made to provide the best health care there is to offer to our citizens.”
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Attracting Young Talent
Working in a new facility with the latest technology is attractive to millennial health professionals.
Hospital Marketing Director Jondi Roberson says the quality of life in Oxford, access to SEC sports and an excellent public school system are strong selling points when recruiting young professionals. The hospital hired 20 new physicians in 2018 and brought in an additional 10 physicians in early 2019.
Dr. Taylor Sawyer, an emergency medicine doctor who joined the hospital this year, says Oxford attracted his family because of the outstanding schools, restaurants and thriving hospital system. The 32-year-old grew up in Clarksdale and wanted to move back to Mississippi with his family.
The opportunity to work at the hospital was also attractive because of the friendly environment and physician network, Sawyer says.
“I really appreciate the team-based approach where physicians, nurses and all staff are advocating for excellent patient care,” Sawyer says.