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Joint Replacement Center

Charting Your Course to Wellness

North Mississippi Medical Center’s Joint Replacement Center is a special department with a staff dedicated to the care of hip and knee replacement patients. Our approach focuses on patient education and rehabilitation that centers on family involvement and patient group interaction.


The NMMC Joint Replacement Center is a Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Blue Distinction Center of Excellence. NMMC is one of four hospitals in Mississippi to receive this designation. This designation recognizes hospitals and physicians that demonstrate high levels of performance in delivering quality specialty care to their patients safely, efficiently and in a cost-effective manner. Centers of Excellence are chosen based on national criteria around quality, cost and total value. By providing access to quality, cost-effective providers, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi encourages Mississippians to take ownership of their health and make educated health care choices.

The Joint Replacement Center is on the fourth floor of NMMC-Tupelo, a 650-bed regional referral center that holds the distinction of being the largest private hospital in Mississippi and the largest non-metropolitan hospital in America.

NMMC serves more than 650,000 people in 24 counties in north Mississippi, northwest Alabama, and portions of Tennessee. The Joint Replacement Center successfully performed about 1,000 joint replacements this year.

The NMMC Joint Replacement Center length of stay, cost-per-patient and infection rates are all below national average.


Patient Testimonials

"I had a right hip replacement surgery at another facility, and ended up with multiple problems from it, including a paralyzed leg. A few months ago I had the surgery re-done by Dr. Rowland Robertson at NMMC and was up walking within two weeks, pain free. Even more recently he replaced the left hip as well. I feel great and can't even tell I had surgery." -Steven Collums, Pontotoc


“My mother can walk now and she was almost unable to walk at all. She loved the equipment for exercise and everything we needed
was on the unit.”
– daughter of former patient

“I’m still getting better each day. I feel better and am continuing to improve. My physical therapist was very good and I enjoyed what
they did for me.”–
former patient

“My husband is so much better. He feels better than he has in 20 years and is able to get out and work much more than he could before. We love the Tupelo hospital and the Joint Replacement Center. It’s great that they have one centralized place for joint replacement patients.”
– wife of former patient

"I was amazed at the kindness and caring of everyone on the staff, including my surgeon. I am in much less pain and am getting around much better. I'm thankful for the Joint Replacement Center." former patient

Our Mission

To improve the health of our patients by providing compassionate care through our Joint Replacement Center.

Our Goal

To improve the patient's quality of life and mobility through surgery and the rehabilitation process.

Our Approach

To focus on educating the patient and their family, motivating patients to strive for independence and increased endurance in their mobility after the discharge process.


The main focus of the Joint Replacement Center is your wellness. For example, on the first day after surgery, clothing from home is worn. This makes the individual and group exercise sessions more comfortable. Exercise is started on the first day after surgery and is done twice a day. The occupational therapy department will instruct on how to correctly perform daily activities like dressing, bathing, climbing stairs, etc.

Patient Amenities

  • Daily newspaper
  • Special Joint Replacement Center T-shirt
  • Discharge instructions on Education Channel
  • Wi-Fi access

Please browse our website to find out more about the Joint Replacement Center. For more information, call the Joint Replacement Center clinical director at (662) 377-3550 or (662) 377-7156.