Mission: Clay county medical corporation owns and operates a 60 bed acute-care hospital and related outpatient care facilities in west point, mississippi called north mississippi medical center-west point (nmmc-west point). Nmmc-west point is part of the north mississippi health services (nmhs) organization. The mission of nmhs is to continuously improve the health of the people of our region. Nmmc-west point works to achieve this corporate mission to improve the health of the people of this region by providing conveniently accessible, cost-effective health care of the highest quality.
Programs: Nmmc-west point serves clay county and the surrounding area. In fiscal year 2017, there were 1,313 inpatient admissions, 14,197 emergency department visits, 41,484 outpatient visits, 25,804 rural health clinic visits, and 3,524 visits to other hospital clinics. Nmmc-west point uses press ganey, the largest patient satisfaction survey company in the nation, that works with more than 7,000 healthcare facilities. Randomly selected patients are asked about their experience with inpatient, outpatient, er, and long term care services. Nmmc-west point's remarkable design was inspired by the history and culture of this charming southern community. Medical-surgical patient rooms are entered from a foyer area and open onto a private terrace. Rooms are "nested," which means four to six rooms are clustered around each nursing unit. This design reduces walking distance, allows nurses to view several patients from a central point, and provides closer access to medical equipment. Surgeons utilize four operating suites for a wide array of cases, including general, orthopedic and obstetrics-gynecology. The same day surgery unit features six rooms for outpatient surgery patients to rest before and after their procedure, as well as two endoscopy suites. The six-bed intensive care unit offers invasive and non-invasive monitoring for medical and surgical patients. The hospital also has 10 licensed swing beds for patients who need extended care. The women's pavilion provides family-centered maternity services in a homelike environment. Mothers labor, deliver and recover in the same comfortable room. The nursery is equipped to care for healthy newborns as well as provide immediate stabilization of infants requiring intensive care. Nmmc-west point offers 24-hour emergency services at the level iii trauma center, as well as a paramedic-level ambulance service. Outpatient services include cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs, as well as physical, occupational and speech-language therapy. Cardiac stress tests and holter monitoring are also offered.
one of the primary ways nmmc-west point serves the community is by providing care to various populations for which it receives no compensation or receives compensation at rates significantly less than established rates. The board of directors of nmmc-west point has established a policy under which the hospital provides care, without charge, to needy members of its community. The financial assistance policy states that nmmc-west point will provide emergency and medically necessary inpatient and outpatient hospital services to patients free of charge with household income levels at or below 100% of the federal poverty level. The policy further provides, patients with household income levels between 101% and 150% of the federal poverty level are eligible to receive services at a discounted rate. The discount will be pro-rated based on the patient's gross family income as a percentage of the federal poverty level. The policy applies to individuals who reside in clay county. Patients from outside the county may also be granted charity care based on the judgment of nmmc-west point management depending on their individual circumstances. The policy also requires the patient to cooperate fully with nmmc-west point's request for information with which to verify the patient's eligibility. Following that policy, the hospital maintains records to identify and monitor the level of charity care it provides. These records include the amount of charges forgone for services and supplies furnished under its charity care policy. Charges forgone, based on established rates, totaled approximately $3,562,356 in fiscal year 2017. Based on the gross charges provided to charity patients compared to total hospital gross charges, 2. 6% of all services in fiscal year 2017 were provided on a charity basis. The net cost of charity care provided by nmmc-west point was approximately $819,478 in fiscal year 2017. The total cost estimate is based on the ratio of costs to charges for nmmc-west point. All of the foregone charges mentioned above are netted against patient service revenue to arrive at net patient service revenue as reflected as program service revenue on part viii of form 990 in order to be consistent with financial statement reporting and are not reported as functional expenses on the tax return.