Friday, January 20, 2023

UMC Opens Burn Center

 The University of Mississippi Medical Center issued the following statement. 

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has established the Mississippi Burn Center on its main campus, elevating the state’s only academic medical center’s commitment to serve Mississippians in need of burn care.

The Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning approved UMMC’s request to establish and operate the Mississippi Burn Center today (Jan. 19).

When the burn center at Merit Health Central closed last fall, UMMC assembled the resources and expertise to fill the health care gap. Previous legislation directed UMMC to establish a burn center and the establishment of the Mississippi Burn Center today not only fulfills the Medical Center’s statutory responsibility but also provides needed care for burn patients in the state. UMMC will also collaborate with the Mississippi State Department of Health to finalize accreditation of the Mississippi Burn Center.

“This approval confirms our commitment to providing complex care to burn patients so they can receive timely care close to home and with the trusted expertise of the Mississippi’s only academic medical center,” said Dr. Alan Jones, associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs. “We want to keep burn care in Mississippi for Mississippians.”


Anonymous said...

So the IHL gave it's approval. DUH. Can the IHL Board of Trustee's refuse anything UMMC proposes to do? The tail wags the dog. Then again, which one is the tail and which one is the dog?

Anonymous said...

We're watching a real-time coup of all healthcare operations in Mississippi by the IHL being consolidated under one roof. Once it's complete, Medicaid expansion will be approved, and all healthcare dollars will roll in one direction.

So much for conservative, free-market principles. Mississippi centralizes its power and money no different than the Chines Communist Party in Bejing.

Anonymous said...

@ 8:41

So if there weren't this dog and tail scenario you lay out here let me ask you.....Where would you go if you got burned?

Anonymous said...

Seems like they have plenty of money to burn

Anonymous said...

They are growing by creeps and clowns.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting how Mississippi leaders say they want to recruit commerce/businesses to the state, but NOT when it comes to healthcare.

Anonymous said...

This is a nice gesture. Treating burn victims is extremely expensive. that's why there are so few burn centers. i haope UMMC can swaing it long term-

Anonymous said...

"...legislation directed UMMC to establish a burn center and the establishment of the Mississippi Burn Center today not only fulfills the Medical Center’s statutory responsibility..."

So 8:41 are you suggesting that the IHL or UMMC NOT follow the law?

And why are they bragging about complying with the law? They could have done it without being ordered to.

Anonymous said...

@8:41 Face it son UMMC is the biggest thing in the IHL except for the football programs at Ole Miss and State. Everything else is just fleas on the dog's ass that gets scratched now and then. Five or six minor distractions they call "universities". It's the way things are set up. Get used to it.

Stuff About ZeroBear PolyBear said...

Happy to see provisions in the wroks for a burn care center in Mississippi. Any steps they make this happen will benefit patients and provide much needed training for physicians who someday may need it to serve future patients.

If every smal town hospital in Mississippi belonged to a Unversity Hospital group, it would be a good thing for small town patients, especially across the delta counties who so badly need healthcare facilities within amubulance distance of the facility.

Anonymous said...

Anybody heard of bed numbers in ICU and stepdown? Is there in fact a Board Certified Doc to run the program?
Worked with the Burn Unit at Washington Hospital Center years ago and it was very expensive. If memory serves didn't we have a Burn Center in the Delta once upon a time. Now I believe our closest is in Mobile?

Anonymous said...

These posts amuse me. Things are too expensive unless your life depends on it.

Anonymous said...

Except for the brief center at River Oaks/Merrit, this state has not had a burn center since the director and his daughter embezzled funds from the State's only burn center in Greenville about fifteen years ago. It closed down as a result, leaving the state without one.

How do we look, as a state (Tate, Delbert, Gunn and others) to NOT have a burn center?

Previously patients needing burn treatment headed either to Tennessee or Mobile.

Having this burn center has nothing to do with CON or UMMC as an institution. We simply need a damned burn center.


Industrial Prospect: Do you have a Confederate image on your state flag?

State Spokesperson: NO sir, thankfully (smiles broadly).

Prospect: Our corporation and its various locations deal with some very caustic materials. Does this state have a burn center?

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Anonymous said...

January 21, 2023 at 9:52 AM, I would say your hypothetical conversation was a stretch, but the Fantastic 4 comic book character couldn't reach that far.

Anonymous said...

Well, it was actually 18 years ago. I lived there at the time and every soul in the area who could afford to and most businesses contributed to the Greenville Burn Center.

Sandy Johnson, Director, and his accomplice-daughter stole from the hard-earned contributions. They were charged with embezzlement but the amount in the court record was no doubt nowhere near what they stole as most of the donations were in cash. Firemen with boots appeared at intersections on a regular basis with everybody dropping coins and bills in the boots.

A black mark on the community and as a result, the state's only burn center closed down.

Anonymous said...

January 21, 2023 at 9:52 AM, I would say your hypothetical 'conversation was a stretch, but the Fantastic 4 comic book character couldn't reach that far.'

You MIGHT say that, but then you've never sat at the prospect negotiating table. You would be surprised at some of the rubes in this state who do sit there.

Right now, all we have to brag about is a poor public school system, a statewide labor force that for the most part isn't real inclined to work, a statewide hospital system that's in dire straits and a retired flag.

Enjoy those comic books, cap'n.

Anonymous said...

Baptist has the doctor from the Central Burn Center and is taking burns as well. I feel like UMMC is trying to get ahead of baptist on this. The press release shows trauma rooms in the adult ER at ummc NOT burn rooms. Both hospitals have the space, when thinking about resources I think UMMC has an edge.

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