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Acute Care

Mississippi Hospital Providing Emergency & Critical Care in Our Community

At Southwest Health, we offer advanced acute care services for our valued patients in hospitals equipped with the latest technology and staffed by leaders in the medical field. Southwest Health has numerous hospitals in the state of Mississippi, serving clients throughout the McComb and Monticello area as well as other communities in Southwest Mississippi and bordering Eastern Louisiana communities. We are an award-winning healthcare system with a reputation for quality care and comprehensive patient service. We are invested in the resources necessary to care for our community and committed to providing excellent treatment for patients in need of acute care. Keep reading to learn more about our acute care services.

What Is Acute Care?

Acute care involves emergency treatment for patients in need of critical care. Acute care is a secondary healthcare field for patients who are suffering from serious injuries, illnesses, or medical conditions, or who are recovering from major surgery. Acute care is short-term and services at acute care facilities are designed and implemented with the goal of discharging patients once they have rehabilitated to the point of stability. Acute care is also known as secondary care.

Examples of acute care settings include:

  • Emergency services
  • Cardiac care
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Intensive care
  • Coronary care

Acute care is the opposite of chronic care, which involves ongoing treatment for long-term illnesses and conditions. While acute care may involve intensive treatment, this pattern of care is usually short in duration. According to the National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS), the average duration of a patient's acute care stay is 11 days.

The top five primary medical diagnoses for patients receiving acute care, as reported to NOMS:

  • Cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs)
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Head injuries
  • Hemorrhage / injury
  • Central nervous system (CNS) diseases

Contact Southwest Health for More Information

Our Emergency Department and Ambulatory Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our goal is to provide our community with excellent around the clock care. For more information about your stay, contact our office today-our staff is here to assist you.