Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center (SMRMC) in McComb, Mississippi was established in 1969, and serves a seven-county area of Mississippi. SMRMC also draws from two parishes in neighboring eastern Louisiana. According to the most recent Certificate of Need records, SMRMC’s extended service area is a largely rural population of 170,000 people.
SMRMC has developed an integrated health system that provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art healthcare to a population that typically would have to travel 60 to 100 miles to Jackson, Miss., New Orleans or Baton Rouge, La. for such levels of service.
SMRMC includes the 160-bed Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center with over 1000 employees and 70 physicians on staff; the Mississippi Cancer Institute for the treatment and prevention of cancer; a 20-bed geriatric/psychiatric unit; and a home health service serving 17 counties. In addition, SMRMC owns and operates nine clinics, including rural health clinics, an internal medicine clinic, and an outpatient rehabilitation center. SMRMC also manages and operates Lawrence County Hospital in Monticello, Mississippi.
Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center's Emergency Services is now classified as a Level III Trauma Center.
A trauma center is equipped to provide comprehensive emergency medical services to patients suffering traumatic injuries. Trauma centers grew into existence out of the realization that traumatic injury is a disease process unto itself requiring specialized and experienced multidisciplinary treatment and specialized resources.
A Level III trauma center has resources for emergency resuscitation, surgery, and intensive care of most trauma patients. A Level III center has transfer agreements with Level I or Level II trauma centers that provide back-up resources for the care of exceptionally severe injuries.