Friday, July 5, 2019

UMC Partners w/Merit in Madison County

The University of Mississippi Medical Center issued the following statement.

A business venture with Merit Health Madison is opening the door for University of Mississippi Medical Center physicians to perform surgeries and provide inpatient post-operative care at Merit Health’s hospital in Canton, effectively expanding UMMC’s adult hospital capacity and operating room availability.

The business venture has been realized through a UMMC-affiliated not-for-profit company, Healthier Mississippi Collaborative, made possible by an act of the Mississippi Legislature in 2017.

The act, the first of its kind in Mississippi, paves the way for the Medical Center to engage in health care-related business relationships with public and private entities. The business venture with Merit Health Madison reflects UMMC’s commitment to caring for the health and wellness of Mississippians by increasing patient access to specialty services provided by the state’s only academic medical center and training opportunities for the next generation of health care providers.

“We’re excited to collaborate with UMMC to bring more health care resources to central Mississippi,” said Steve Dobbs, regional president and chief executive officer of Merit Health, a network of nine affiliated hospitals in Mississippi. “Our facility in Canton has surgical capacity, and our staff welcomes the opportunity to work with UMMC’s surgeons to expand access to care for patients from Madison County and beyond.”

The business venture allows UMMC providers to be more easily accessible, in many cases, by patients and families, said Dr. Charles O’Mara, UMMC associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs. Merit Health Madison “is a beautiful facility that is relatively new and has been very well maintained,” he said. “We’re extremely excited about the opportunity for having it as a venue for providing services and education. We will also have a presence in the adjacent clinic building to conveniently see patients on site.”

UMMC physicians’ initial use of Merit Health Madison’s operating room space is for select short-stay surgical procedures. Moving those procedures to Madison County allows more high-acuity cases and specialty procedures to be scheduled at University Hospital located on UMMC’s main campus in Jackson.

“This collaboration allows the Department of Surgery to expand its capacity at additional locations,” said Dr. Christopher Anderson, professor and James D. Hardy Chair of the UMMC Department of Surgery. “We can now improve patient access to our specialized services in Madison County, which will allow growth of some of our services and foster our building of new surgical specialties.”

“We look forward to working with Merit Health to improve access in Madison County and Canton, and to increase services at the hospital,” said Kevin Cook, chief executive officer of the UMMC Health System. “We’re proud to be serving that community in ways we haven’t in the past.”

The Healthier Mississippi Collaborative is a vehicle through which UMMC can affiliate or partner with private and public organizations, including community hospitals, that seek such a relationship. It also allows the Medical Center to deploy its unique health care capabilities in a more agile and efficient manner, enabling it to lower costs while improving quality of and access to health care.

“We see this as an opportunity to give University Physicians another location where they can practice and train future physicians,” Cook said. “We can bring unique and new services to the community by having our physicians establish practices there.”

“The Merit Health Madison collaboration gives us a site where we can enjoy the efficiencies of a community hospital while preserving and strengthening our infrastructure to care for the most complex patients on the main UMMC campus,” Anderson said.

UMMC leaders say the cost of the business venture with Merit Health Madison is a much lower investment than if UMMC chose to expand its current operating room space or build its own facility to address adult hospital capacity needs.

“We are very constrained on our main campus for operating room space, hospital bed space and ambulatory clinic space,” said O’Mara. “We will ultimately need to build those, but the quickest pathway to achieving increased capacity is to collaborate with health systems in the area that have the space physically available.”


Anonymous said...

Get dat money Boo!

Anonymous said...

This is great for Mississippians. You can now get excellent health care provided by some of the best trained doctors in the state without having to go on the main campus of UMMC.

Anonymous said...

UMMC is a teaching institution. Regardless of where you get your service, you’re going to get operated on by an intern or resident. I’ll pass.

Anonymous said...


UMMC has the best trained doctors in the state. I guess you will not be going to Baptist hospital, Ms Sports Medicine or Capital Ortho either.

Anonymous said...

The University of Mississippi Medical School is one of the lowest ranked medical schools in the country. The residency programs for UMMC are also ranked very low. The best trained physicians in the state trained elsewhere. Some of your respondents are delusional.

Anonymous said...

Please post this rankings instead of making up stuff.....
Most doctors in the state were trained at UMC

Anonymous said...

The state games the BS CON process.

Anonymous said...

This is another great day to be an Ole Miss Rebel.

We are taking over health care in this state. Glad the taxpayers approve of this.

Anonymous said...

@11:38 "This is another great day to be an Ole Miss Rebel.We are taking over health care in this state. Glad the taxpayers approve of this."

And Blue Cross Blue Shield (and others) will dictate whether UMC has a contract, as well as if and when they get paid at all, and Oxford will discover it has overbuilt and have to fiscally contract and contain costs, creating a more horrible work environment than exists today.

Anonymous said...

My regular doctor practices in the building next to St. D. He said if he ever needs emergency care, including a heart attack, he's going to UMMC.

Anonymous said...

6:46 - And everybody who works at Kroger, walks right past their deli on the way to Popeyes for lunch. Next?

Anonymous said...

Kroger has the best lunch in town.

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