ONE DELTA BUSINESS IS AWARDED A GRANT FOR $182,000 TO

ASSIST CAREGIVERS.

KAREN WILLIAMS HAS THE STORY.

REPORTER:

"We're speaking with Dr. Tracy Mims and he is the Vice-President of Sales

and Development for the Mid-Delta Hospital Health and Hospital Group and

we're here to speak about the award of $182,000 that was given by the USDA

Rural Development. So again, thank you for joining me. And what I wanted to

ask you, is how did the Mid-Atlantic, excuse me Mid-Delta group acquire this

loan and what does it mean to the members of your particular region?"

DR. MIMS:

"Yes absolutely, absolutely. We're excited, excited, excited about this funding

opportunity at Mid-Delta Home Health & Hospice. Dr. Reed is the founder of the

company in 1978, who has been so passionate about driving patient care from a

physical, psycho-social, and emotional perspective. Also, spiritual dimensions. So

we look at our patient from a holistic perspective. So one of the things that in working

with our patient systems, we realize often times that the caregivers are overlooked. There

isn't as much attention given to the caregivers to see how they are coping throughout

managing the disease process. So for us, at the company by having this program roll-out

the empowerment curriculum for caregivers, we are going to be able hone in and bring in

some specialized training for caregivers that are taking care of a sick loved one."

REPORTER:

"Now when do you expect to start for your clients and patients to see the benefits? Is

this going to be immediate or is it a little bit of a wait time? How exactly is that going to

work"

MIMS:

"We're looking to actually roll out the program the beginning of spring 2021. That's this

year. It's gonna be a distance learning platform so we are excited about our partners.

We are partnering with Eric Henry community health centers, Delta Health Center out

of Mound Bayou, Mississippi Valley State University and also have great supporters in

our district I want to make mention of. Representative Abe Hudson, Senator Syreeta

Simmons, Congressman Thompson. We have the Upper Room Ministries, um church,

Also, the New Haven Methodist Church out of Clarksdale, many F and P's, physicians,

social workers, nurses, all of these people came together and are actually supporting

this particular program which is going to be significant to the Mississippi Delta. So we

are going to have technology set up in our hub at the corporate office which is located

in Belzoni. We'll also have technology set up at Mississippi Valley State University, Delta

Health Center, and also Airy Henry Health Community Center. So the participants of the

program, the caregivers will be able to go in to these particular sites, and receive distance

learning training from afar. And so we are looking at over a 3 year period targeting up to

75 to 100 caregivers."

"I can be contacted via email at tcmims@middelta.com or they can call me at

662-902-7061 that's 662-902-7061.

REPORTER:

"Now is there a registration process and is it a deadline associated with that?"

MIMS:

"Yes one of the things here recently I've been working with in social services. So I've

been working with in social services. So I've been able to see first hand, I'm a retired

associate professor of social work, so actually going out now and conducting assessments

on patients I actually get a chance to see first hand some of the struggles that caregivers are

going through." So we will actually look at our patient pool and we will be reaching out to

caregivers that we see that are under stress, that are needing that additional support, so that

they can understand just how to talk about medication reconciliation, for example, that is so very

key. Often times we see patients that are going through going back to the hospital setting

because of mismanagement of medications and understanding how to change or just navigate

through that process which can be quite cumbersome to the new nurse, so just imagine as a

caregiver having to take on that responsibility. So we will be looking at our patient pool and our

caregivers in hoping to get them enrolled into this very beneficial program."

REPORTER:

"I thank you. Today, we are speaking with Dr. Tracy Mims and he has given us significant amount

of good news and information. So if you feel as if you fit into this category, please reach out to him.

Again thank you very much Dr. Mims."

MIMS:

"Thank you so much for having me on. We look forward to working with our community."

SUPPORTERS OF THE GRANT INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVE TRACEY ROSEBUD AND

GUARANTY BANK. THE DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM FOR CAREGIVERS IS

TARGETED TO HUMPHREYS, COAHOMA, BOLIVAR AND LEFLORE COUNTIES. FOR

FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT DR. TRACY MIMS AT 662-902-7061 OR

EMAIL HIM AT TCMIMS@MIDDELTA.COM

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