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Office of Public Affairs

The Division of Public Affairs is the strategic communications hub of the Medical Center. Public Affairs oversees all interactions with the news media and tells the Medical Center story through print and electronic communications for internal and external audiences, including UMMC's primary social media accounts.

In addition, Public Affairs provides a variety of services to the Medical Center community, including creative communications services, publicity for noteworthy activities, tours and event planning.

Our office can be reached by phone Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (601) 984-1100, or by email at

Our office is located on the first floor of the Holmes Learning Resources Center, across from the Office of the Vice Chancellor. The closest public parking lot to our office is in Lot D across from the Nelson Student Union, next to the School of Pharmacy. Walk through the School of Medicine, and we are right inside the LRC to the left.

Media guidelines and resources

Members of the professional news media who need assistance covering Medical Center activities should contact the office at (601) 984-1100.

All media who visit the campus must be accompanied by an escort from Public Affairs.


Mark and Paige Welch and their son, Jack, show some of the many bandages collected through their Band-Aids for Batson campaign. (Photo courtesy of Taylor Cooley Photography.)

Patient and parent, Welch knows value of Children’s Hospital

Monday, October 22, 2018

As a teenager, Paige Staggs Welch fought cancer at the Children’s Center Center and won, going on to graduate from college, marry and become a mother. When her infant son needed surgery, there was no question where she and her husband, Mark, were taking their child: to Batson Children's Hospital. Read More

Randy Khalaf, left, occupational therapist, Marina Baldwin, center, 3 North nurse manager, and Brandi Alexander, physical therapist, discuss care for post-surgery patients.

Care team communication breakdowns aren’t healthy, happy

Monday, October 22, 2018

The very structure of a bustling academic medical center and its multidisciplinary approach to care can lend itself to communication breakdowns between providers, departments and non-clinical staff. It can be a challenge to get the message across in a format that fits the culture and time constraints of the receiver, but the safety of patients can hinge on that communication. Read More

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