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Pediatric Services


North Mississippi Medical Center's pediatric unit, located on the first floor of NMMC, serves children through 18 years of age. The staff includes registered nurses who care for children with general childhood illnesses, as well as those recuperating from surgery. Respiratory Care services are available around the clock when needed.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Pediatric Intensivists/Hospitalists, nurses and respiratory therapists make up the team caring for children with moderately complex medical conditions such as respiratory distress, asthma, sepsis, diabetic emergencies and pneumonia. They can provide various types of respiratory support including invasive and non-invasive ventilation.


Pediatric Hospitalists

University of Mississippi Medical Center provides pediatric hospitalist services 24 hours daily at NMMC. The pediatric hospitalists consult with pediatric patients in the Emergency Department and provide hospital care for children on the Pediatrics unit.


NMMC’s pediatricians care for babies in the Nursery at NMMC Women's Hospital, and neonatologists care for fragile newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit there.



Viswanath “Vishwa” Gajula, M.D., also cares full time for seriously ill pediatric patients at the NMMC Women’s Hospital. Dr. Gajula holds a master’s degree in environmental health management from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, degrees in medicine and surgery from Gandhi Medical College and Hospital/NTR University of Health Sciences in Hyderabad, India, and degrees in biology and physics from Sri Chaitanya University in Vijayawada, India. A pediatric critical care fellow at Children’s Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Gajula did his pediatric residency at Michigan State University-Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies.


Lisa-Gaye Thomas-Messado, M.D., graduated from the University of the West Indies School of Medicine, Dr. Thomas-Messado completed residency at Wayne State University in Michigan and a fellowship in pediatric critical care at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital.





Pediatric Subspecialists

Visitation Policy

  • Visiting hours at NMMC's Pediatric Unit are 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. daily.
  • One caregiver must stay in the room with the child at all times during hospitalization.
  • No more than two adults may stay overnight with the patient.
  • Siblings may visit, except for the conditions listed below, but no other children under age 12 are permitted.
  • All siblings under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All other children between ages 12-18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Siblings and other children are not allowed in the isolation rooms.
  • No siblings or children are allowed to stay past visitation hours.

Helpful Information

  • A crib is placed in each room occupied by a patient age 2 or younger as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The crib must stay in the child's room throughout the duration of the hospitalization.
  • If the child feels up to it, the Pediatric Unit staff is happy to provide a variety of books, DVDs and games upon request.
  • All pediatric patients must leave NMMC with an appropriate car seat as required by Mississippi law.
  • NMMC is a "tobacco free" campus. This means that smoking, along with other tobacco use, is not permitted on NMMC property. This restriction applies to visitors, NMMC employees, physicians and patients.

Additional Services


The "Doodlebooks" project, named in memory of William "Doodlebug" Seale, allows children hospitalized on NMMC's pediatric unit to use donated videos and games from a cart, and to select one book to keep. In addition, each pediatric inpatient receives an age-appropriate new toy, thanks to donations from employees, individuals and groups.