Mission: Hospital and clinic patient service
Programs: The specialty hospital of meridian is a 49-bed long term acute care hospital located in meridian, ms in lauderdale county within its host facility rush foundation hospital. Both the specialty hospital of meridian and rush foundation hospital are affiliated with rush health systems which also includes medical foundation, inc. , rush medical group, laird hospital, union, mississippi, h. C. Watkins hospital in quitman, mississippi, scott regional hospital in morton, mississippi, john c. Stennis memorial hospital, dekalb, ms, and choctaw general hospital in butler, al. While the city of meridian's population is approximately 38,000 people, the specialty hospital of meridian and its sister facilities in rush health systems serve a population of 232,900 people in a 45-mile radius and 526,500 residents in a 65-mile radius. Nine counties in east mississippi and three counties in west alabama, most of which are primarily rural counties, make up the majority of the service region. There are only eight long term acute care hospitals located in mississippi, so the specialty hospital of meridian fills a unique and important niche in the spectrum of inpatient care. In 2016, the specialty hospital served 565 inpatients in the long term acute care setting. As presented in the attached schedule h, specialty hospital provided financial assistance and certain other community benefits during 2016 at a cost of $687,288. Although equitable payment for services is essential to the organization's financial viability, specialty hospital recognizes that not all individuals possess the resources required to reimburse the hospital for all services provided. Keeping its commitment to the community, specialty hospital provides free care and subsidized care within existing resources where the need for such care exists. The mission statement of the specialty hospital of meridian and its affiliated rural providers is stated as follows: "as a long-term acute-care hospital with affiliated rural health providers we are committed to the delivery of excellence in healthcare. We will maintain high standards of care availability of resources, consistent with the expectations of our customers, in a cost-effective manner. Our mission is to care for our patients as well as our communities, as defined in our motto: restoring quality to life. "programs designed to meet the unique needs of long-term care patients provided by the specialty hospital of meridian include specialized hospitalist, pulmonary care, wound care and medically complex patient care programs and the related services of those programs such as ventilator management and weaning, tracheostomy care, long term iv antibiotic therapy, treatment for renal failure, complicated fractures, stage iii or stage iv pressure ulcers and a host of other conditions requiring long-term hospital care. The specialty hospital of meridian provides quality medical care regardless of race, creed, sex, national origin, handicap or age.