Business Briefs July 26, 2009

Hospital earns Joint Commission seal
– TUPELO – North Mississippi State Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval by complying with the commission’s standards for health care quality.
Accreditation includes the 50-bed hospital in Tupelo and the crisis intervention centers in Batesville and Corinth.
The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long-term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services.

Gum Tree Mortgage honored for USDA loans
– TUPELO – The USDA recently recognized Gum Tree Mortgage for reaching a major milestone in funded loans for the Tupelo region.
Gum Tree Mortgage has funded more than $10 million in USDA Rural Development loans from its Tupelo office. The rural development loan is intended to be used to help low to moderate income individuals own homes. Gum Tree Mortgage has offices in Tupelo, New Albany and Oxford.

NMHS receives ‘Most Wired,’ other honors
– TUPELO – North Mississippi Health Services has been named as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” and “Most Wireless” hospitals and health care systems, according to the results of the 2009 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study published in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
This marks the 11th year of the Most Wired Survey. NMHS is one of 10 organizations named Most Wired nine times and Most Wireless six times.
Of the organizations completing the survey this year, NMHS is one of 38 hospitals and health systems – 6.8 percent of the sample – that have effectively deployed information technology at both ends of the medication administration process. This compares with 23 hospitals and health systems in 2008, or 4.1 percent of the sample.

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