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Six hospitals in the region combine to create the new Merit Health system

MeritHealthJACKSON — Six hospitals in the Jackson/Vicksburg region, all affiliated with Community Health Systems, have formed as a single regional healthcare system, Merit Health. The member hospitals have been known as Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, River Oaks Hospital and Woman’s Hospital in Flowood, Crossgates River Oaks Hospital in Brandon, Madison River Oaks Medical Center in Canton and River Region Health System in Vicksburg.

The hospitals will join forces to share best clinical practices for quality care, achieve operational efficiencies, create organizational scale to enable the addition and expansion of important services, and expand access to primary and specialty care across the central Mississippi region. The combined system has more than 1,200 licensed beds, 3,300 employees and 1,800 physicians on active medical staff.

The six hospitals included in the new health system have been meeting the needs of their respective communities for many years. By joining forces, the hospitals will have the scale to expand and improve services, while bringing about operational efficiencies.

“Our hospitals have been working for some time to coordinate clinical and administrative strategies and best practices in areas, such as information technology, patient safety and clinical protocols,” said Tobey Houston, Merit Health spokesperson.  “By coming together under this new structure, we will create new opportunities to expand services in primary care, medical and surgical sub-specialties, and to leverage our investments in recruiting new physicians to the market. Additionally, by coordinating certain management and support services, we will realize efficiencies and standardizations that will advance our commitments to high quality care, while reducing costs where possible.”

New signage is going up, and each hospital will be having celebration events featuring local dignitaries on Feb. 9 at 11:30 am at the campus of each hospital. The public and media are invited to attend.


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About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.


  1. Hospitals have to do something otherwise they can not compete against tax paid hospital spending on bigger and better equip and construction at ummc…..not necessarily meaning the docs are better. New schools don’t make better teachers just like new hospitals and equip don’t make better doctors

  2. Fed. law was that a monopoly is against the law. Remember Standard oil, Bell telephone, etc. I was first notified that Biloxi Reginal of Biloxi, MS. does not exist, instead it is Merit of Biloxi, MS. when I went in to pay on a bill I owed today to Biloxi Reginal MS. I messed up and gave $50.00 to Merit. I do not owe Merit, I want my $50.00 back. I am on fixed income, I was never notified of any changes and feel I am the victim of decieteful practices implemented by Merit Here I am oweing someone money and someone else gets it instead. Will I ever go to a Merit hospital again, no.Will I ever recomend Merit to anyone, no.

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