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UMMC professor invents $50 ventilator

By BECKY GILLETTE In the wake of worldwide shortages of ventilators needed to save lives during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a Mississippi medical school professor has invented a functional ventilator that can be built from commonly available supplies like a garden hose and lamp timer for about $50. The idea of Dr. Charles Robertson, an assistant professor of ...

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Southwest Health System, UMMC announce health care affiliation

JACKSON —  A new affiliation between Southwest Health System in McComb and the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson will strengthen and expand health care services in McComb and southwest Mississippi. The affiliation brings the advanced health care offerings of Mississippi’s only academic medical center to Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, a 165-bed, progressive hospital with a medical staff ...

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Blair Batson, pediatric pioneer, dies at 98

Special to the MBJ Dr. Blair E. Batson, the first chairman of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, died Monday at age 98. Dr. LouAnn Woodward, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, said in a release that Batson’s importance to the health of children in the state cannot be ...

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Woodward wields national influence as accreditation chief

Dr. LouAnn Woodward has taken over as chair of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which sets standards for U.S.- and Canadian-chartered medical education programs run by universities or medical schools. Woodward, Mississippi Medical Center’s vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine since 2015, has served simultaneously as chair-elect of the LCME for the past ...

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UMMC dedicates school of medicine

Elected officials and other dignitaries attending the dedication of the University of Mississippi’s new, $74 million School of Medicine building celebrated a new era in medical education and health care for the state. The breadth of the 151,000-square-foot facility on the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus means more space for students, more students for each class and, consequently, more ...

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UMMC fined $2.75 million for health data breach on 10,000

MBJ staff The University of Mississippi Medical Center agreed to a $2.75 million settlement with the federal government  for alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Unsecured electronic health information on 10,000 people was breached when a laptop computer was found to be missing, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for ...

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UMMC sets $36M contract to outsource hospitals’ food service

The University of Mississippi Medical Center plans to hire an outside vendor to handle food services at its three hospitals. The College Board approved the 5-year, projected $36 million contract with Atlanta-based Morrison Management Specialists on Thursday. UMMC has been running its own food service on its Jackson campus since 2013, but the medical center says it failed to achieve ...

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$10M Sanderson gift starts $100M drive for children’s health

The CEO of Mississippi’s largest publicly held company is pledging $10 million toward the expansion of pediatric medical facilities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Joe Sanderson and his wife Cathy made the pledge Monday as the university launched a $100 million fundraising drive for Children’s of Mississippi. That’s the umbrella organization that includes the Blair E. Batson Children’s ...

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