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What is Infusion Therapy

Infusion therapy involves the administration of medication through a needle or catheter. It is prescribed when a patient’s condition is so severe that it cannot be treated effectively by oral medications.

Typically, “infusion therapy” means that a drug is administered intravenously, but the term also may refer to situations where drugs are provided through other non-oral routes, such as intramuscular injections and epidural routes.

Diseases commonly requiring infusion therapy include infections that are unresponsive to oral antibiotics, cancer and cancer-related pain, dehydration, and gastrointestinal diseases or disorders which prevent normal functioning of the gastrointestinal system.

The North Mississippi Vital Care Story

The North Mississippi Vital Care Story

North Mississippi Vital Care is a specialized pharmacy providing home infusion pharmacy services to residents in the North Mississippi region. Based in Tupelo, our team is passionate about providing excellent customer service and positive patient experiences.

North Mississippi Vital Care launched in 2020 with Leah Simmons as lead pharmacist and co-founder. Simmons, born and raised in Pontotoc, Miss., says she noticed a need in the local North Mississippi community for greater access to home infusion services.

North Mississippi Vital Care is a specialized pharmacy providing home infusion pharmacy services to residents in the North Mississippi region. Based in Tupelo, our team is passionate about providing excellent customer service and positive patient experiences.

North Mississippi Vital Care launched in 2020 with Leah Simmons as lead pharmacist and co-founder. Simmons, born and raised in Pontotoc, Miss., says she noticed a need in the local North Mississippi community for greater access to home infusion services.

“I had family members who ran into issues getting infusions,” said Simmons. “So, I recognized the need for more home infusion services in the Tupelo and surrounding areas.

“I knew of rural patients driving hours to their infusion appointments every week. They didn’t even know home infusion was an option. We want to increase patient access to home infusion options for the North Mississippi region. ”

After seeing this need in her local community, Simmons teamed up with co-founders and fellow pharmacists Logan Davis and Ryan McFerrin to launch North Mississippi Vital Care. Davis and McFerrin brought their experience from a neighboring home infusion business in Alabama, Druid City Vital Care. With their guidance, Simmons leads North Mississippi Vital Care and manages the day-to-day operations and staff. 

“We’re excited to be serving this community where I grew up,” Simmons said. “It’s such a great feeling to be providing such a needed service to my neighbors, friends, and family.”

Simmons knows she’s headed in the right direction with North Mississippi Vital Care. Planning to launch in June 2020, she already had her first home infusion patient before they officially opened in May. Since they were already accredited, Simmons was happy to offer home infusion services a bit earlier than planned.

“I had family members who ran into issues getting infusions,” said Simmons. “So, I recognized the need for more home infusion services in the Tupelo and surrounding areas.

“I knew of rural patients driving hours to their infusion appointments every week. They didn’t even know home infusion was an option. We want to increase patient access to home infusion options for the North Mississippi region. ”

After seeing this need in her local community, Simmons teamed up with co-founders and fellow pharmacists Logan Davis and Ryan McFerrin to launch the new Vital Care location. Davis and McFerrin brought their experience from a neighboring home infusion business in Alabama, Druid City Vital Care. With their guidance, Simmons leads North Mississippi Vital Care and manages the day-to-day operations and staff. 

“We’re excited to be serving this community where I grew up,” Simmons said. “It’s such a great feeling to be providing such a needed service to my neighbors, friends, and family.”

Simmons knows she’s headed in the right direction with North Mississippi Vital Care. Planning to launch in June 2020, she already had her first home infusion patient before they officially opened in May. Since they were already accredited, Simmons was happy to offer home infusion services a bit earlier than planned.

Meet the Team

CO-FOUNDER, PHARMACIST IN CHARGE
CO-FOUNDER, PHARMACIST
CO-FOUNDER, PHARMACIST
HOME INFUSION LIAISON
Infusion Coordinator
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What Makes Vital Care Franchises Different?

The Vital Care franchise system is one of the most innovative, scalable and profitable business models. Our efficient, proven, four-step process makes Vital Care the fastest-growing home IV therapy concept in America. The focus of our highly qualified and experienced executive team focuses on franchisee support, on-going training, new therapy offerings, operations, systems improvement and more.

As your franchise becomes established, our support network will help you become an industry leader. Vital Care keeps you informed and educated to capitalize on new and emerging opportunities. Our experience and support help mitigate challenges specific to the home infusion industry.

To learn more about starting a Vital Care home infusion services franchise, visit vitalstarts.com.

Leah Simmons, Pharm D

Co-Founder, Pharmacist-in-Charge

Leah graduated from Pontotoc High School and attended the University of Mississippi, graduating in 2013 with a Pharm D. Before co-founding North Mississippi Vital Care, Leah worked in long term care, inpatient, women’s health, pediatrics and NICU.

Leah is a proud member of the Pontotoc Junior Auxillary and the Tupelo Women’s Club. She  teach Sunday school at F UMC Pontotoc. She and her husband Eric have two children and one dachshund.

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Logan Davis, Pharm D

Co-Founder, Pharmacist

Logan founded his first home infusion business in late 2013. He grew up in West Alabama and attended pharmacy school at Samford University in Birmingham, graduating in 2008. Logan currently serves as the president of the National Home Infusion Association.

He lives in Meridian, Miss., with his wife Bethany, their two children and dog, Lily.

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Ryan McFerrin, Pharm D

Co-Founder, Pharmacist

Ryan founded his first home infusion business in late 2013. He grew up in West Alabama and attended pharmacy school at Samford University in Birmingham, graduating in 2008. Ryan also serves as the co-owner/operator of Druid City Vital Care in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

He lives in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with his wife Brittany, who is the patient care coordinator at Druid City Vital Care.

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Burt Waldon

Home Infusion Liaison

Burt is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and has worked in health care for the past three years in the hospice industry.

He has two wonderful children with his wife of 12 years, Katie. They live in New Albany, Miss., but Burt is originally from Falkner, Miss. As a family, they enjoy backpacking, hiking, and going to collegiate football games. 

Burt maintains provider relationships, provides education on NMVC’s services, and aids NMVC in transition of care for patients of local providers, hospitals, clinics, and home health services.

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Kim Weaver

Home Infusion Coordinator

Kim enjoyed over 20 years of experience in the pharmacy industry before joining the North Mississippi Vital Care team as the Infusion Coordinator. She has experience in long term care, retail pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, and home infusion services.

She is a foodie who thoroughly enjoys supporting all the local  restaurants in and around her hometown of Tupelo. In addition to reading, Kim also loves to travel with her husband of 17 years and her step-daughter.

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