• Generous sign-on bonus and benefits and performance incentives
• Large staff of specialized and experienced musculoskeletal therapists in facility immediately adjacent to physician’s office
• Can be academic or clinical track
• “Unless you have visited Jackson, MS recently, your perception of it is most probably wrong and dated.” Per local physiatrist
• Wide variety of outpatient at this 6,000 square foot center to include an orthotics/prosthetics lab
• One of America’s Most Livable Cities-Down-international cultural exchange ARTS pavilion; symphony, opera and world-class international ballet; professional baseball; 10th largest aquarium in the nation
Summary: Jackson has upscale shopping areas, cuisine restaurants, and luxurious waterfront housing communities. Jackson is a growing area and within 3-6 hours of New Orleans, Memphis, Atlanta, Dallas and FL cities. Easy suburban living.
“Administration is doctor-friendly.” Per their Medical Director of The Brain Injury Program and senior scientist
A stable work environment to include secure payment in terms of the salary arrangement plus an incentive.
Center Features: The outpatient center has the ability to provide the latest and highest quality services such as unloading. It offers orthopedic, neurological, behavioral health and industrial rehab services. It offers a full array of PT, OT, ST with 14 PTs, 7 OTs, 2 STs, and 3 PTA’s and psychologists. There are electronic medical records. The orthopedic area of approximately 6,000 square feet has therapists trained in orthopedics and sports medicine who have been with the center many years. It treats 70-80 patients a day on average. The neuro section sees 35-40 patients/day. The PT Director is a fellow of the Orthopedic Academy of Pain Medicine and on the Board of the Southern Pain Society – formerly the President- and does services to include joint mobilization and manipulation. Therapeutic rehabilitation is also offered at the center as well as women’s health for cases of pelvic pain, scar pain, etc.
There is an orthotics and prosthetics division in a 13,000 square foot building next door to the outpatient center. The orthotics and prosthetics division uses state-of-the-art labs with the latest computer-assisted technology and has satellite clinics in Hattiesburg and Meridian, LA. This division was one of the first sites in the nation to fit amputees with the Otto Bock C-Leg, the world’s first completely microprocessor-controlled artificial leg.
Referrals to the outpatient center originate from inpatient work and from referrals from neurosurgeons, neurologists, and orthopedic surgeons. There are about 25-30 orthopedic surgeons in the area.
There is a satellite outpatient clinic in a fast-growing bedroom community, which is 10 miles from the main outpatient center and provides orthopedics and sports medicine services.
The CEO has been there for 16 years and the average tenure of the CEO, COO and CFO is 21 years. The doctors are participating in this candidate selection process.
Compensation: Competitive salary plus a sign-on bonus plus comprehensive benefits to include a retirement plan and a generous travel and education budget
Benefits: High option and high deductible health insurance plan, 403(b) retirement plan/employer basic contribution and match, 457(b) deferred compensation plan
Payors: 50% Medicare, 40% traditional, 10% Medicaid; The commercial patient market is 900,000 in this area. Workers Compensation is also an active patient population.
Qualifications: Board Certified or Qualified physiatrist with excellent interpersonal and communications skills; the successful candidate will have practice-building skills and be a team player
More Center Info: It is the third most recognized hospital name in MS. There are orthopedic, neurology and brain injury teams located on patient floors dedicated to each service. The hospital is the only freestanding rehab hospital in MS. The hospital was originally built in 1975 and later added 4 more floors. The center is strong financially, has experienced administrators, has hired a contracting specialist to market the center to third party payors, and can offer services at competitive rates as it operates on a tax-free basis. There is very little managed care in Jackson so patients go where they want to go. The area is growing as evidenced by an influx of about 20,000 new people who have left the New Orleans area post-Katrina.
The outpatient center and the hospital treat patients from all of Mississippi’s 82 counties and from neighboring states.
There are 4 neurosurgeons on one side of the outpatient center and 2 neurosurgeons in a building next to the outpatient center. There are about 6 more neurosurgeons in town.
Two anesthesiologists provide pain management services across the hall from the physiatry office suite; one of these anesthesiologists is fellowship-trained. Their offices and single specialty surgery facility and includes 3 treatment rooms and a C-arm.
There is also an MRI suite on the same campus and it houses a state-of-the-art closed MRI and an open MRI unit. There is a dedicated research team of investigators and physician scientists at MRC’s Center for Neuroscience and Neurological Recovery which has a strong commitment to research. The hospital also has a state-of-the-art motion analysis lab. Their researchers were the first in the world to discover West Nile virus attacks the spinal cord and can cause a polio-like paralysis.
Methodist Rehabilitation Center is one of only 16 hospitals in the country designated as a Traumatic Brain Injury Model System by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and is only one of two in the state accepted into the prestigious Council of Teaching Hospitals. It is also the only hospital in the state to be named one of America’s best by U.S. News and World Report.