Hospice services to expand in NE Miss.

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — North Mississippi Medical Center plans to open next month a dedicated inpatient hospice wing.

Hospital officials tell the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/138esGO) that the new 10-bed hospice which will serve terminally ill patients who need a higher level of care to remain comfortable.

Officials expect the wing to open in the next several weeks after staff training and regulatory inspections are complete.

The NMMC hospice unit was created from a 13-bed wing, carving out room for a family sitting area and counseling room in addition to 10 patient rooms.

The closed unit dedicated to hospice patients will allow for different visiting policies from the rest of the hospital.

By mid-2013, the inpatient hospice capacity for north Mississippi — all centered in Lee County — will rise to 44 beds.

___

Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.