NMMC Rehab Institute Celebrates 25 Years with Open House and More

Date(s) - 09/18/2013-09/19/2013
3:00 pm-4:30 pm

North Mississippi Medical Center


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TUPELO, Miss.-The staff of North Mississippi Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Institute is celebrating 25 years of helping individuals regain their independence following illness or injury with an open house from 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in their new facility.

In February, the Rehabilitation Institute became the first unit to open in NMMC’s new West Bed Tower. “We moved from an area with semi-private rooms where we spent almost 25 years to a new area with all private rooms,” said Angie Everett Yerby, administrative director. In addition, patients use a newly renovated rehab gym as well as a new dining room.

“Our patients dine together at all their meals, and their favorite meal is the fish fry buffet on Fridays,” she said. “The larger dining room creates a much more homelike environment and also allows us to be more creative with our therapeutic recreational activities.”

The staff planned the open house as part of the National Rehabilitation Awareness Celebration, Sept. 15-21. In addition, the NMMC Wellness Center will host “Aging Gracefully and Safely in Your Own Home,” a free program at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 1030 S. Madison St. Occupational therapist Lisa Brown will offer tips for preventing falls and making accommodations at home to reduce the risk of accidents.

“Our rehabilitation unit is CARF certified for general rehabilitation and stroke,” said Brian Condit, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician who serves as medical director of NMMC’s Rehabilitation Institute. “Our goal is to provide the very best patient-centered rehabilitative care and serve those in our community who have suffered catastrophic injury or illness. We work as an interdisciplinary team to help individuals recover maximal, meaningful function and return to home and work.”

The staff is also promoting its Second Time Around program that donates new and used durable medical equipment to patients who may not have the funds to purchase needed items. Often, patients who are recovering from a stroke or other debilitating illnesses or injuries do not have insurance and cannot afford the medical equipment they need at home. Some items, especially bath equipment, are not paid for by many insurance policies, so even patients with insurance coverage often cannot afford them. Anyone wishing to donate items such as electric wheelchairs, shower chairs, walkers, canes, or crutches may call (662) 377-4058 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).

The 28-bed NMMC Rehabilitation Institute opened in 1988 and is staffed by a team of professionals who provide three to five hours of intensive therapy daily to help patients reach their individual goals. Patients are cared for by a board-certified physiatrist-a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation-as well as case managers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, rehabilitation nurses, speech-language pathologists, recreational therapist and a clinical psychologist. Patients can be referred to the Rehabilitation Institute by physicians, rehabilitation agencies, insurance companies, home care agencies, themselves or family members.

For more information about rehabilitation services offered through NMMC, call 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375) or visit www.nmhs.net/rehabilitation_services.php.