Joe and Kathy Sanderson are chairing a $100 million fundraising campaign for Children's of Mississippi, the umbrella organization that includes all pediatric care at UMMC and Batson Children's Hospital.
Leading by doing, the CEO and chairman of the board of Sanderson Farms and his wife are not only heading up the drive, the largest in the history of Children's of Mississippi, but they are also making the campaign's first large gift: $10 million over the next five years.
“This is a wonderful day for the medical center,” said Dr. LouAnn Woodward, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine.
Dr. Norman C. Nelson, who led the University of Mississippi Medical Center during 21 years of its most dynamic growth, died at his home on April 21. He was 86.
In Mississippi, 22 percent of residents cope with food insecurity - not knowing where their next meal is coming from, be it nutritious fare or nothing but a bag of sodium-laden potato chips.
A number of interesting events is scheduled for the upcoming week at the Medical Center.