What is a PPEC?
Starkville Pediatric Extended Care is a Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care facility (PPEC), that provides physician ordered multi-disciplinary day care to medically fragile and/or technology-dependent children, infancy to age 21, who have complex medical conditions requiring continual, professional skilled nursing care.
Our focus is to provide maximum early intervention to prepare children with medically complex needs for school and other life situations. We provide care for up to 10 hours a day which includes learning through play and socialization to develop skills needed to ensure proper growth and development.
Upon admission to SPEC an individualized "plan of care" will be developed for each child specifying the treatment plan necessary to accommodate the medical, nursing, psychosocial, and educational needs of the child as well as the family. Specific goals will be identified and plans for achieving these goals will be determined.
Our skilled pediatric nurses provide constant assessment and needed care of each child which enables our trained staff to recognize and report to your child's pediatrician any abnormal findings in an effort to prevent hospitalizations and future complications.
The parents and families of our patients are given the opportunity to return to work or school while resting assured that their child is receiving the best possible care from qualified pediatric nurses and staff. We give parents the "peace of mind" knowing that their child is getting the special care they require.
A doctor's prescribed order for our services is required. Your child's care may be covered by your insurance if their medical condition requires the skills of a nurse. Our highly skilled staff will assess your child for eligibility and coordinate with your child's physician and insurance case manager to complete the approval process. SPEC accepts all Mississippi Medicaid Payers.
- Be medically complex or fragile and/or technologically dependent.
- Have a referral from his/her doctor.
- Be medically stable (not in need of immediate hospital care).
- Be appropriate for outpatient care.
- Require skilled nursing care.
- Present no significant risk of infection to other children or personnel.