Tupelo, MS Healthcare

North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS provides the community with a $55 million expansion and renovation.

Kevin Litwin
On Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 12:00
Tupelo, MS Health Care

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.

The new tower will include 250 spacious rooms for patients, with each room outfitted with an Americans With Disabilities Act-accessible toilet and shower, non-slip flooring, bedside table, closet and recliner. Patients will have bedside control of nearly everything, from the television and temperature to the lights and window blinds. Nurses will gain efficiency too, with identical placement of light switches and equipment in every room and nursing station.

Largest in Mississippi

NMMC is the largest hospital in Mississippi and the largest rural hospital in the United States. The Tupelo center and its other campuses and clinics serve 700,000 residents in a 24-county region that stretches throughout northern Mississippi and into parts of Alabama and Tennessee.

The Tupelo main campus has 470 beds, a staff of 350 doctors and 4,000 employees and includes a cancer center, heart institute, surgical services, diagnostic imaging, emergency department, behavioral health, and women's and children’s services.

The hospital has also earned several awards in recent years, including being named one of "America's top health systems" by Modern Healthcare.

Well, Well, Wellness

In these days of more Americans starting to take a hard look at their health and wellness, the on-campus NMMC Wellness Center in Tupelo is regarded as one of the most comprehensive health and fitness centers in North Mississippi. It is the state's first Certified Medical Fitness Facility, a designation awarded by the Medical Fitness Association to recognize those institutions with the highest standards for programs, staff, safety and community service.

The 50,000-square-foot Wellness Center is open to the public and has trainers certified by the American College of Sports Medicine. Hours are 5 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

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Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.