By Michaela Morris
North Mississippi Medical Center
n North Mississippi Medical Center was born as a small community hospital in 1937 and has grown into a flagship facility for a nationally recognized regional health care network.
The hospital owes its existence to the Commonwealth Fund, a New York City foundation that built rural hospitals across the country, and what it called the “unusually widespread, intelligent interested and persistent” community leaders who advocated for the project.
In October 1937, the hospital opened with 50 beds. The NMMC has grown to 650-bed regional referral center and one of the largest rural hospitals in the United States.
The hospital on the hill has expanded in Tupelo and beyond. Now five community hospitals serve 24 counties in Northeast Mississippi and West Alabama in the North Mississippi Health Services system.
In 2006, NMMC-Tupelo was recognized with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which is often called the Nobel Prize for business.
Truly Tupelo appears every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in 2010 as part of the 140th anniversary of both the city and the Daily Journal.