University of Mississippi Medical Center

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University Medical Center, circa 1950

University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is the health sciences campus of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and is located in Jackson, Mississippi, United States. UMMC is the only academic health science center in the state.

UMMC houses the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry, Nursing, Health Related Professions, Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences and part of the School of Pharmacy.

UMMC is also home to the University Hospital and Clinics, a 722-bed tertiary care facility providing about 27,000 inpatient visits and 418,000 outpatient and emergency visits each year.

On the Medical Center campus, the University Hospitals and Health System includes the University Hospital, Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women & Infants, Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children and, for faculty practice, the University Medical Pavilion.

The university is the only hospital in the state designated as a level 1 trauma center. Specialized hospital services include: an interventional MRI; the only level 3 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in the state; separate medical, surgical, cardiac, neuroscience and pediatric ICUs; a heart station for diagnosis and treatment of heart disease; a heart failure clinic; heart, kidney, cornea and bone marrow transplant programs; a comprehensive stroke unit; state-of-the-art radiological imaging systems; a sleep disorders laboratory; an in vitro fertilization program; and special pharmaceutical services.

The parcel of land on which the university hospital sits was once the site of the Mississippi Insane Asylum, which moved its operations in 1935 and became Mississippi State Hospital.

Health Information Technology[edit]

In 2008, UMMC implemented an electronic scheduling program called Healthy Linkages to establish formal referral relationships between the Medical Center and community-based clinics in order to reduce emergency department use among patients with nonemergent conditions and to provide access to specialty care for patients at Federally Qualified Health Centers that do not offer these services. The program allows staff at the emergency department to schedule appointments for patients with nonemergent conditions at Federally Qualified Health Centers, and staff at Federally Qualified Health Centers have access to video equipment that connects them with specialists at the university for consultations.[1]

Civil rights era[edit]

In 1961, UMMC refused to allow black physicians to attend post-graduate medical education. At the same time, UMMC became the primary medical provider for injured Freedom Riders. In 1963, Medgar Evers died at UMMC. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited federally funded institutions from discriminating. In 1965, the NAACP Legal and Educational Fund filed a federal civil rights complaint against UMMC. Robert Q. Marston, MD, the dean and hospital director, developed a compliance strategy which included hiring the first black faculty member, and integrating the hospitals and clinics.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]

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  1. ^ "Formalized, Technology-Enabled Referral Relationships Between Medical Center and Community Clinics Enhance Access and Reduce Inappropriate Emergency Department Visits". Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  2. ^ Richard D. deShazo; Robert Smith; Leigh Baldwin Skipworth (March 29, 2014). "A White Dean and Black Physicians at the Epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement". Am J Med 127 (6): 469. doi:10.1016/j.amjmed.2014.03.021. PMID 24690668. 
  3. ^ "Longtime Legislator Barnett Dies at 86, July 29, 2013". Jackson Free Press. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 32°19′44″N 90°10′23″W / 32.328853°N 90.173159°W / 32.328853; -90.173159