Thursday, January 4, 2018

UMMC closes most medical mall ops

UMMC issued the following statement.

The Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center is experiencing a dramatic decrease in water pressure that is preventing the building’s heating units from functioning. It has been determined that continued operation of most UMMC departments and clinics located there is not possible.

UMMC leadership and administrators of affected units are evaluating all contingency plans to relocate operations. Some clinics are continuing to see patients today using water tankers, but going forward this may not be possible. Plans are being made to relocate and/or reschedule some patients whose appointments are affected, possibly after normal business hours or over the weekend. Patients scheduled to visit a JMM-located clinic through the rest of the week whose appointments are affected will be reached by text or phone.
In addition to clinics and patient-care departments located in the Medical Mall, other affected Medical Center support units will relocate to areas not experiencing water or heating problems. Currently unused areas of the main campus, located at 2500 North State Street, may be utilized until JMM regains necessary water pressure to reopen. UMMC’s main campus has its own well and a water tower and does not rely on the city’s water system for operations.
At present time, no other UMMC clinics are experiencing a disruption in normal operations.

However, UMMC sent this email to all employees this afternoon:

Internal message regarding closing of Jackson Medical Mall operations

Due to a number of water line breaks around the City of Jackson, the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center is experiencing a dramatic decrease in water pressure that is preventing the building’s heating units from functioning. It has been determined that continued operation of most UMMC departments and clinics located there is not possible.

Even though operations at the JMM are being negatively impacted and UMMC units may be closed temporarily, UMMC employees located there are still expected to fulfil their duties unless directly instructed otherwise by a unit administrator. Employees may be instructed to relocate to an area that does not have water or heating problems.

For several days, since the start of this severe cold snap, employees located at the JMM have continued to put their regular duties and our patients first, even under the current trying working environment. Their dedication is greatly appreciated.

UMMC leadership and administrators of affected units are evaluating all contingency plans to reschedule and/or relocate operations. Some clinics are continuing to see patients today using water tankers, but it is expected that going forward this will not be possible. Plans are being made to reschedule some patients to other locations, possibly after normal business hours or over the weekend.

Often, in times of emergency, the Medical Center is called upon to play a key supportive role. If your regular duties are interrupted, you may be called upon to take on a different responsibility within the organization, possibly at a different location.

Again, do not take any action unless directly instructed by your unit administrator.

Thank you.


Anonymous said...

It's not that cold. This is clearly a failure of the City of Jackson to properly maintain water lines. The failure has been ongoing for decades.

Anonymous said...

UMC should never have located the Cancer Center at the old Jackson Medical Mall. It was a social experiment that has clearly not worked. Cancer treatment could be a money maker for the U but tons of people won't go there because the facilities are CRAP (and I know this from first hand experience, and speaking to multiple employees there). Even basic stuff, like working bathrooms during normal times, i.e. not freezing cold temps, are not happening. UMC tried, it didn't work. Move the Cancer Center back to the main campus and give up the Medical Mall. It is a DISASTER.

Anonymous said...

When you think the city of Jackson can not get any worse ; it does

Anonymous said...

Yep 6:05.....according to the news nobody else in the country is dealing with weather related infrastructure issues. Just Jackson. And oh yeah, Madison County. They started school late to "to ensure that all systems, including heat, water and technology, are operational in all school facilities" per the Clarion Ledger.

Anonymous said...


Yes the city for decades failed to prepare for this.

Time to tax all people who travel to Jackson for work and seek state and federal aid to replace the system.

Anonymous said...

If you want public money for a project just offer to name the building, road, bridge or softball park after a politician.

Anonymous said...

Serious question: Pipes (the same piupes gets placed in the ground 50+ years ago. It's not great, but it's the best the era can offer. How does a city "maintain" these pipes other than replacing them? If they must be replaced, are we to expect a city the size of Jackson to have uprooted its entire pipe infrastructure by now?

Anonymous said...

The people that failed to maintain infrastructure are now living outside of Jackson. Come see me in 40 years.

Anonymous said...

7:14 pm Those like 6:05 won't know you are being sarcastic.
They've heard about infrastructure, they just don't know what it means in any practical sense.
They lack the ability to connect the stories on the effects of this artic blast with infrastructure. Someone has to literally draw lines between dots for them and even then, they don't want to believe it because it would make them feel even more insecure.
They haven't even figured out that UMMC doesn't only treat Jacksonians so they can't see how helping Jackson would benefit a non-Jacksonian or that the hospitals aren't the only benefits of a thriving capitol city to the entire State.
Good grief, they don't even know that problems affect some areas of the city more than others. My water pressure is fine. I'm just conserving to be a good citizen.
These are people who bash Jackson because of a need to feel racially superior and/or immune from the problems of the modern world, so any opportunity will do. Inconvenient reality is something they avoid.
PS If you live in a spec house built in Madison or Rankin counties during the 60s and 70s, you should be worried about your pipes especially on exterior walls. The building codes were all but non-existent and anyone could be a builder . The insulation in your house ( along with most everything else) is far below any standard considered adequate. And, Bear Creek was a joke.
Of course, pipes bursting in someone's home won't make the news and they won't talk about it because of resale concerns.

Anonymous said...

I don't know the history on this, but why did UMMC relocate services to the medical mall anyway? Seems like a waste if there are unused facilities on the main campus capable of housing the services.

Anonymous said...

Bullshit @ 7:40 who hopefully feels better after his little diatribe while sitting on the stool in the water closet making his daily contribution to the God of Green Turds.

The fact remains that no business should have ever located in this 'mall' space after all the mall-tenants pulled up stakes. UMMC figured people with life threatening diseases would show up because they had no choice and would rather go into the hood than die.

The term 'Medical Mall' has been a standing joke for decades. Nobody who could afford to go elsewhere would dare set foot in this place and the locals don't care so they were fine with it.

Anonymous said...

The medical mall and Cancer Institute is a dump. Why UMC decided to put it there is beyond me.

Anonymous said...

7:40 is granny troll. She's got a "triple digit" IQ! LMAO

Anonymous said...

7:40am, I am pretty sure the spec house market in Madison and Rankin was non-existent in the 60's and 70's. Any spec building done in that period would have been in NE Jackson mainly....particularly up old canton toward CCJ.

I could give a rats ass about the Jackson v Burbs argument. I have lived in all 3 (Madison, Jackson, Rankin). Love and hate things about them all. Want them all to thrive, but understand the reality of the problems of each as well.

From someone who has lived in all 3 and lived in a few other places in between (2 different neighboring states with similar demographics and issues....Jackson is about as dysfunctional as it comes, but the "hate everything Jackson" attitude is insane. From my perch, you all look like a bunch of morons.

Anonymous said...

The people of Jackson are just looking for someone to blame for their incompetence. Their choices are limited. It has to be a white person. It has to be a white person who moved out of Jackson before Jackson became a sewer. It has to be a person who was smart enough to see the problem before it became a problem.
It would be so much easier and more productive to put the blame where it should be, the people they chose to elect. Who else has any control over Jackson? Why blame people who do not live there, they do not elect politicians?

Anonymous said...

The Cancer Center is located at the Thad Cochran Medical Mall because, as one could surmise, it was renovated with federal funds and is very cheap. There is no viable place for the CC on the main campus right now, but they are working on it - next to the stadium on the land that used to house Schimmel's.

Anonymous said...

So, if they build a new cancer clinic in Fondren, will they leave all of the poor IT folks (that make it possible for UMMC to function) in the rat-infested mall sewer?

Anonymous said...

January 5, 2018 at 2:00 PM - you're wrong about what's going up in that location. That is to be the site of the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge that can house all of the cancer patients treated at UMC, Baptist and St. Dominic. To the best of my information, there is no defined site picked out for the new Cancer Center as yet.

Here Tiz said...

UMMC moved the CC to the 'Medical Mall' for the same reasons its parent ship took down Confederate street names, banned Confederate flags, did away with a full rendition of Dixie and prosecuted a silly freshman who laid a noose on a statue. It looked and sounded good and made a tone of politically-correct hay.

And people like Dan Jones beemed like a shit-eatin' mule when he attended annual, national conferences and could lay claim to 'being in the struggle'. Certain of his counterparts ate it up.

Quit dancing around it. There you have it.

Anonymous said...

I have very good private insurance and love going to the Medical Mall as opposed to driving out to Grants Ferry. I have been taking my daughter to the Medical Mall for four years, and I have never experienced any problems. Thankfully my daughter doesn't need the services of the Cancer Unit, so I can't comment on those services. She also sees a doctor at UMMC at Grants Ferry. It is very nice also, but it's 40 miles from where I live in Jackson. Also, the Piccadilly in the Medical Mall is the best.

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