TUPELO – North Mississippi Medical Center Home Health is untethering its staff from branch offices.
Five branch offices will close as support services are centralized in Tupelo, but nurses, aides and therapists will continue to see patients as they always have across the region, said Kim Tutor, NMMC Home Health and Hospice director.
Patient care will not be disrupted.
Patient records will be updated in real time using laptop computers equipped with air cards. Previously, home health nurses, therapists and aides would have to come into branch offices to synchronize records for their patients.
“Nurses and therapists will have immediate access to anything that is updated from another point of care, and other providers can have access to their documentation from home visits,” Tutor said.
The branch offices in Eupora, Amory, Pontotoc, Fulton and Ripley will close Sept. 30.
Six support staff positions are affected by the change; NMMC Home Health has a total staff of about 325 nurses, aides, therapists and support staff, Tutor said.
“Those people have an opportunity to find jobs within the health system,” Tutor said.