You know that feeling when a relative gets married, and all the sudden it feels like you’ve got a whole new part of your family. Pretty soon, you find out you have more in common than you knew. Before you know it, you feel like you’ve been part of the same big family all along? We started the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine in 2016 because we saw too many families all over Mississippi not able to get specialty care close to home. Wait times are long, and many families can’t afford to drive to Jackson, Memphis or Little Rock so their children could meet with medical specialists. Having a child with an illness puts an incredible strain on a family. Now add a four or five-hour car ride on top of the financial stress every time your son, daughter or grandchild needs see a specialist. We knew that getting great care right here in the Delta would not only make for healthier children, it would make happier families too. [caption id="attachment_2943" align="aligncenter" width="727"] If you are interested in our new services with Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine at North Sunflower Medical Center, you can make an appointment by calling us at (601) 499-0935.[/caption] There has never been a children’s pediatric subspecialist in the Mississippi Delta to our knowledge. Too many families in the Delta are forced to let their children’s serious diseases go untreated for too long. That means time out of school and long-term impacts on the child’s health and wellbeing. But mostly, it’s just hard to be a kid when you’re sick. When we wanted to help tackle this problem, there are a bunch of reasons North Sunflower Medical Center just jumped off the page for us. We immediately recognized them as a center of excellence in the Delta. And mostly, their commitment to Ruleville and the surrounding communities was heartening to us. [caption id="attachment_2944" align="aligncenter" width="727"] Dr. Sallyann Jessie Ganpot is a remarkable pediatrician at North Sunflower Medical Center. She cares deeply for her patients and their families.[/caption] The team at North Sunflower understand how hard childhood illness can be -- on not just parents and their children, but also the strain brothers and sisters as well. When their parents focus all their attention on caring for a sick child that has an impact on the whole family. Anyone can see North Sunflower Medical Center’s commitment to constant innovation and to find new ways to provide the best care possible. They saw this problem just like we did, and we wanted to work with them to help fix it. If you are interested in our new services at North Sunflower Medical Center, you can make an appointment by calling us at (601) 499-0935 or in Ruleville at (662) 756-4000. We are thrilled to be in Ruleville and to be part of the new -- slightly bigger -- North Sunflower family.
It’s been a couple of months since we told you about our partnership with Trina Health. Trina Health has developed an innovative artificial pancreas treatment that is changing the lives of diabetics all across the country. Their founder, G. Ford Gilbert, started Trina Health after his daughter developed the disease at the age of 5. Their treatment is life altering technology that we are proud to offer. Things have been busy at the Trina Health Clinic of North Sunflower Medical Center. Since we started offering this exciting new treatment, we’ve started to see some success stories of our own. We wanted to share them with you, because we’re excited about the way our Trina Health Clinic is helping diabetics throughout the region live healthier, happier lives. Keith Luna came from a family of diabetics. His diabetic pain made it difficult to sleep at night. His energy was sluggish and made it difficult to work during the day. The neuropathy in his legs and feet made it difficult to walk or even balance. Since Keith started working with Trina Health of NSMC, he says the aches and pains that kept him awake are less, and he’s able to sleep comfortably. His energy is back up, and Keith say’s his balance is much better. Robert Krauskopf is from Royerton, Indiana. He’s one of North Sunflower’s extended family and the proud dad of Joanie Perkins, who is the Chief Development Officer of NSMC. Since Joanie encouraged her dad to start Trina Health treatments, Mr. Bob’s balance is better, he’s has more feeling in his hands and feet. He says he’s feeling better than he has in 10 years.
By Robyn MarlowOne thing we all love about being part of the North Sunflower Community is the feeling of family. We enjoy giving a little bit of ourselves to help one another. Even when household budgets make it hard to give to all the charitable causes we would like, those of us in the North Sunflower family find a way to help one another when they need it most. This week is a great example of how anyone can help your neighbor without it taking too much time, or breaking your budget. Mississippi Blood Services will be holding a blood drive at North Sunflower Medical Center. Supplies of platelets, O+ and B+ are facing a severe shortage, and supplies of O- are critically low. The Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, March 23rd at 840 N. Oak Ave from noon to 6:00. It usually takes about 30 minutes, and we always have friendly staff on hand to provide juice and cookies after you’ve donated.
Mississippi Blood Services Blood Drive
At North Sunflower Medical Center
840 N. Oak Ave, Ruleville , MS
Thursday, March 23rd from noon to 6:00We all see huge blood drives when there is a natural disaster in faraway places of the world. But blood is such an important part of how we treat patients, the need for blood donors is constant right here in Mississippi. And because blood can only be stored for a limited amount of time, there is a constant need for regular donations. Giving blood helps you as well – not just other people. Giving blood is a great opportunity to get a mini-checkup, have your pulse and blood pressure checked, and get your iron and hemoglobin levels checked. Your blood will be checked for any infectious diseases, like West Nile virus, and if anything shows up, you’ll be notified immediately. All for free. Blood donated this week at North Sunflower Medical Center will go to help women with complications during pregnancy, children with severe anemia; accident victims with severe trauma, and many complex medical and surgical procedures we do right here at North Sunflower. Studies show that three lives can be saved by one donation. Even if you are not type O or type B, or if you don’t know what type blood you have, the blood you give will help save a life.
A message from North Sunflower CEO, Sam Miller:We are honored beyond description that the Mississippi Nurses’ Association, and the Mississippi Nurses’ Foundation this week recognized North Sunflower Medical Center as their Hospital of the Year. Of course, it's always a blessing when others take notice of your commitment and dedication. But the Nightingale Award was particularly exciting for our family here at North Sunflower.
North Sunflower Medical Scholarship ProgramThis award happened because the entire North Sunflower community made a commitment to providing the best care available by hiring good people, and training them to be their best. The North Sunflower Scholarship Program is just one part of that commitment. As Sandra Britt has said, “We want to keep everybody growing and learning. Growing never stops.” As Chairman of the North Sunflower Foundation’s Scholarship Committee, Sandra often says she just loves to “watch people sprout wings and grow."
Nightingale Award is a Team EffortOf course, we’re proud of every member of the North Sunflower family. We value the commitment they make to providing the best care anywhere. Awards like this are a team effort and the honor is spread equally throughout this entire community. We know that nurses are most often on the front lines of providing quality health care and personalized service. The commitment and sacrifice to help others is an inspiration to me and everyone else who works here. But it takes a very strong team around them — from the housekeeping staff, to the administrative team, to the doctors and practitioners — all working together with nurses to provide each individual patient the best care possible. That’s what makes this award so special.
By Ginny Pantin, LCSW It feels like just weeks ago, we were ringing in the new year and making resolutions to do better in 2017. Now that the champagne bottles have been carted off, confetti has all been swept up, and you’ve gotten back into your normal post-holiday groove, late January is usually the time people start to fall off their New Year’s resolution wagon.