Medical Services at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto
The ER in Southaven, Mississippi
Our team treats more than 60,000 patients each year from DeSoto County and surrounding areas, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in our advanced, 55-bed emergency department.
In 2018, we updated and expanded our ER. We added more seating to our waiting room for new arrivals and three additional triage rooms to help us reduce wait time for arriving patients. Our redesigned patient rooms provide space for family members on one side of the bed and medical personnel and equipment on the other. And a newly designated room for paramedics helps them efficiently complete required paperwork on-site.
As part of the redesign, we also moved our EKG monitoring equipment—with new scanning technology—to a central location in the emergency department to increase the speed with which we respond to patients with chest pains. Similarly, we placed our CT rooms at the center of the emergency department to reduce wait times for stroke patients.
We are now able to provide all-inclusive blood circulation monitoring to evaluate how well the heart is working. When necessary, patients can now be monitored in the emergency department until an ICU bed is available.
Comprehensive Heart Program
Baptist is leading the way for better heart care in Mississippi with innovative practices and technology. And now, we’re accredited by the American College of Cardiology for chest pain, heart failure and atrial fibrillation treatment. We offer advanced cardiovascular procedures and give you exclusive access to the renowned cardiologists of the Stern Cardiovascular Foundation.
The Comprehensive Heart Program and our emergency department are accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, which evaluates hospitals on their ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. Our cardiac response rate averages 30 minutes faster than the national best practice benchmark. Our cardiac catheterization lab and electrophysiology (EP) lab teams have been recognized by the American Heart Association with “Get With the Guidelines” awards as top performers in patient care.
HeartScore is a 10-minute CT scan of your heart that uses no needles and no fasting; you don't even have to run on a treadmill. If you smoke or have diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and/or a family history of coronary artery disease, you could be at risk. Please call 662-772-3144 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Your results will be sent to your physician or one of our board-certified cardiologists for review.
Cardiac catheterization is a common procedure that allows doctors to open up arteries and detect potential heart issues. Traditionally, this procedure is performed via the femoral artery near the groin and can be very painful. We offer an alternative: Radial artery cardiac catheterization, performed through the radial artery at the wrist, is much more comfortable and often allows patients to leave the hospital on the day they have the procedure.
Other heart and vascular programs at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto include aneurysm repair, angioplasty stenting, cardiopulmonary, carotid bypass, echo, and peripheral vascular.
Our Cardiac Rehabilitation program is dedicated to returning patients to the level of physical, mental, social and emotional functioning they enjoyed before cardiovascular disease. This process often means making lifestyle changes, and your cardiac rehab team can include medical, exercise, nutrition and mental health specialists as part of the Pritikin Certified™ Intensive Cardiac Rehab program.
The Pritikin program at Baptist DeSoto provides you with support and education as you recover and adapt after a heart event, such as a heart attack, helping you set and monitor your health and wellness goals. The program includes individualized, medically supervised exercise, as well as education emphasizing a healthy mindset, stress reduction, and an eating plan. For additional support and hands-on education, we also offer healthy cooking classes, nutrition workshops and healthy mindset workshops.
Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
This 30-bed unit offers advanced therapy equipment and friendly staff to help people who are unable to perform normal daily activities because of stroke, head injury, fractured hips, spinal cord injury, neurological disorders, major multiple trauma, amputation, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other debilitating conditions resulting in loss of independence in self-care and mobility.
Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
Baptist Rehabilitation DeSoto: physical, occupational and speech therapy; treatment for neurological disorders, orthopedic conditions and pain management; pediatric therapy; wound care; work conditioning and industrial rehabilitation; BTE Primus; vestibular (inner ear) therapy; pulmonary (breathing) rehabilitation; VitalStim® (for swallowing); neuroprosthetic and rehabilitation technology for stroke patients.
DeSoto Athletic Club (DAC): physical therapy and treatment for neurological disorders, orthopedic conditions and pain management; pool therapy; strength and cardio training equipment; sports medicine; work conditioning.
Rehabilitation Garden: The simple process of growing flowers and vegetables on the Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto campus helps rehabilitation patients to increase mobility, endurance, strength/muscle tone and motor coordination. Gardening activities have also been found to help build memory, attention, concentration, correct sequencing, and problem solving as well as name and color identification. Patients also interact socially by participating in group activities, all of which help to alleviate depression and build self-esteem and motivation.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services
Baptist DeSoto offers outpatient rehabilitation services for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis and other serious lung diseases. The program offers patients instruction on proper breathing techniques, conserving energy in daily living, identifying the signs of fatigue and exercises that will build endurance.
Dedicated to diagnosing illnesses that tend to affect women more often than men, the center features advanced diagnostic systems, including 3 digital mammography units, with 2 3-D mammography capabilities, a GE ultrasound unit and a bone density unit to test for diseases such as breast cancer and osteoporosis. A stereotactic biopsy unit allows physicians, through a minimally invasive procedure, to take breast tissue samples without surgery.
Our Labor & Delivery center features a Level II nursery (special care) that can support babies born prematurely by one month or less and weigh at least three and a half pounds—or stabilize more seriously premature newborns before they are transferred to a neonatal ICU, such as the one at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women.
Baptist DeSoto is first in the Baptist Memorial Health Care system to be designated a Baby Friendly® hospital. This prestigious international award recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
The honor was bestowed by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The criteria for the designation is based on Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and are designed to set the standards for the best possible breastfeeding support for mother and infant in the maternity setting, ensuring high-quality care in this critical area of mother/baby care.
The Baby-Friendly designation is for a period of five years. Each year, Baptist DeSoto will report statistics related to the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding to achieve re-designation.
The Radiation Oncology Center is dedicated to providing advanced, convenient care in a comfortable environment. Our Varian TrueBeam™ radiotherapy system targets tumors with accuracy measured in millimeters, allowing clinicians to tailor patients' treatments for their particular type of cancer.
Other systems at the cancer center include: chemotherapy infusion, image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic radiosurgery/therapy (SRS/SRT), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and the TrueBeam™ Linear Accelerator.
The center is the home of DeSoto County's first open magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. In addition, the center houses an advanced computerized tomography (CT) scanning machine, a high-field 1.5 Tesla MRI machine, 2 radiographic rooms and 2 ultrasound rooms, which enable the center’s staff to perform a full battery of tests.
Baptist DeSoto offers general inpatient hospice services within the hospital for patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and a limited life expectancy, who cannot be cared for at home due to uncontrolled pain or complex care requirements. For more information, call 662-578-8402.
The Baptist DeSoto Sleep Disorders Center offers a comprehensive range of services and treatments for all sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder. Located within the hospital, the center offers all-night polysomnographic monitoring and daytime nap testing using four sound-insulated sleep rooms with private bathrooms. Sleep disorder evaluation appointments are usually made through physician referrals. For more information about the sleep center, call 662-772-3693.