Mississippi has high mortality statistics among public safety professionals. As a rural state with limited medical resources, planning, partnership and innovation are needed to provide the medical support that will improve these statistics.
The Public Safety Support Division (PSSD) supports the medical care of the thousands of public safety professionals who provide services across Mississippi. The PSSD was formed in 2014 in response to increasing demand and complex operational challenges presented to UMMC by public safety agencies in Mississippi.
The Mississippi Center for Emergency Services (MCES) is the umbrella organization within UMMC that oversees the emergency and disaster response functions of UMMC. MCES divisions include internal and external disaster support divisions, critical care transport teams, communication center (Mississippi MED-COM) and the PSSD. UMMC is the state's only academic medical center, only Level I Trauma Center, only Level IV NICU, and only dedicated children's hospital.