Caring for Our Community
Oxford is blessed to be a regional center for healthcare. It is home to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi, a 217-bed acute care facility serving the northern third of Mississippi. Baptist North Mississippi has more than 100 medical and surgical physicians on staff, representing more than 35 specialty areas, such as cardiology and neurosurgery. Open-heart surgery, a sleep disorders center, labor and delivery services and the Baptist HealthPlex are just a few of the many services Baptist North Mississippi offers. The Baptist Centers for Cancer Care offers comprehensive services for treatment of cancer, including radiation therapy, PET scanner and access to chemotherapy services. The Oxford Diagnostic Center offers a full range of diagnostic imaging and lab services.
Since the hospital became affiliated with the Baptist Memorial Health Care system in 1989, Baptist has invested more than $160 million in capital improvements to the Oxford facility. A $37.5 million expansion project doubled the size of the Baptist North Mississippi emergency department, increased the number of surgery suites, created additional patient rooms and improved outpatient services.
Baptist North Mississippi has earned many accolades, including opening the first sleep disorders center in North Mississippi accredited by the American Society of Sleep Medicine. An independent healthcare ratings firm named Baptist North Mississippi as top in the state for cardiac surgery and among the Top 10 percent in the nation for cardiac surgery and overall orthopedic services in 2009. The Baptist Centers for Cancer Care is one of only two facilities in North Mississippi accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer 3Ú4 the gold standard in cancer care. The Center for Weight Loss (bariatric surgery program) was named a Center of Excellence by the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons and the Acute Rehabilitation Unit holds an accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
With the intention of caring for people close to their homes, Baptist Memorial Health Care comprises 14 affiliate hospitals; more than 3,100 affiliated physicians; psychiatric care throughout the Mid-South area; minor medical centers and clinics; a chain of surgery, rehabilitation and other outpatient centers; and an education system highlighted by the Baptist College of Health Sciences. Baptist employs approximately 12,000 colleagues and is one of the top-rated integrated healthcare delivery systems in the country, according to the American Hospital Association.
Additionally, the North Mississippi Regional Center offers comprehensive services and support to individuals with intellectual and related developmental disabilities and their families. Celebrating its 38th anniversary in 2011, NMRC operates under authority of the State Department of Mental Health to provide licensed residential and community-based programs throughout the northern 23 counties of the state.
NMRC opened in August 1973 and, through the years, a steady demand for the Center’s services has been matched by legislative support and continued growth. Today, more than 1,150 employees representing 25 departments work toward a common goal—the highest level of self-sufficiency and independence possible for each individual in his or her most integrated setting.
The center currently provides licensed, 24-hour care to 485 individuals living in 12 cottages on its main campus in Oxford and 20 licensed community homes. NMRC assists more than 2,000 additional citizens through an array of community-based services, including traditional group homes, supported living apartments, case management, work activity/ prevocational centers and its early intervention, day services-adult and home- and community-based waiver programs.
All employees of NMRC work together each day to fulfill the center’s vital mission: “Enhancing the abilities and promoting the independence of persons with intellectual and related developmental disabilities by providing quality care, comprehensive services and family support, with dignity and respect.”
The extensive healthcare community of Oxford also includes a large number of specialized medical services. Some of those areas of expertise include complete dental, chiropractic, pediatric, audiology, physical therapy, plastic surgery, pathology, mental health, optometry and rehabilitation services as well as an independent urgent-care facility. A variety of home health agencies, hospice agencies and private-duty nursing facilities are available to meet special needs of the community. Lafayette County also offers a fine selection of nursing homes, retirement homes and communities and assisted-living facilities.