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    ‘Capacity alert’ plan coordinates best use of hospital beds

    ‘Capacity alert’ plan coordinates best use of hospital beds

    It's become almost a new norm: Unprecedented high volumes of patients are keeping the University of Mississippi Medical Center hospitals at or near capacity, sometimes pushing demand for beds, staffing and other medical resources beyond what's available.Administrators have a plan to manage the transfer of patients from other hospital emergency departments to UMMC's Emergency Department and the transfer of inpatients from other facilities to the Medical Center's 406 critical care and...


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    University of Mississippi Medical Center is an umbrella organization that combines the University Hospitals and Health System (UHHS) and University Physicians (UP), the medical faculty practice plan.

    UHHS is comprised of the teaching hospitals for all University of Mississippi Medical Center educational programs and serves as a 722-bed diagnostic and treatment referral center for the entire state. Inpatient admissions total approximately 28,000 annually. Outpatient and emergency department visits exceed 250,000 per year.

    UHHS system

    The UHHS system includes:

    • University Hospital (for adult, non-critical patients)
    • Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants (ob-gyn and newborn care)
    • Batson Children's Hospital (general and specialty pediatrics and pediatric surgery)
    • Wallace Conerly Hospital for Critical Care
    • Jackson Medical Mall (location of teaching and subspecialty clinics as well as the Cancer Institute)
    • Holmes County Hospital and Clinics, Lexington, MS
    • University of Mississippi Medical Center Grenada

    Within UHHS is the state's only designated level I trauma center and specialized hospital services. Those services include:

    • an interventional MRI;
    • the only level III neonatal intensive care unit in the state;
    • separate medical, surgical, cardiac, neuroscience and pediatric ICUs;
    • the state's only children's hospital with a dedicated pediatric surgery suite;
    • a heart station for diagnosis and treatment of heart disease;
    • a heart failure program linked to LVAD and heart transplantation;
    • heart, kidney, cornea and bone marrow transplant programs;
    • a comprehensive stroke unit;
    • a sleep disorders laboratory;
    • an in vitro fertilization program;
    • Select Specialty Hospital (cardiology, GI, sleep disorders) - I-55 North in Jackson;
    • a telemedicine program serving the state with 35 specialty telehealth services..

    University Physicians

    University Physicians is the multispecialty physician faculty practice plan, which includes many faculty who are among the leaders in their field.

    University Physicians Medical Pavilion is a practice site for many subspecialties of UP. The structure, which is more than 80,000 square feet, adjoins the James D. Hardy Clinical Sciences Building, the home of a number of medical offices.

    UP has recently opened two off-campus locations in the Rankin County town of Flowood - a multispecialty practice at Grants Ferry and an obstetrics-gynecology practice at Mirror Lake.