Groundbreaking kicks off construction of $180M pediatrics tower at UMMC

Groundbreaking kicks off construction of $180M pediatrics tower at UMMC

Cheers, confetti and a plan for the next era of children's health in Mississippi filled Friday morning at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new pediatrics tower. Construction will start soon on the seven-story, 340,000-square-foot facility, which will include new space for neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, more operating suites, a pediatric imaging center and a new lobby with additional elevators. A pediatric outpatient specialty clinic is also part of the project.

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Video: Children’s of Mississippi growth, in our own words

As UMMC takes the next step toward transforming pediatric care in Mississippi by beginning construction of a new seven-story children’s tower this month, our pediatrics professionals and those that work alongside them tell what the project will mean for the advancement of medicine and the treatment of the state’s children.

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Video: Children’s of Mississippi growth, in our own words

Video: Excitement, confetti fill air during groundbreaking festivities

Video: Excitement, confetti fill air during groundbreaking festivities

Love for children and concern for their health and future brought philanthropists, state leaders and medical professionals together Friday to break ground on a new expansion of space dedicated to UMMC's care of Mississippi's children. “We’re just very thankful to this place,” said Megan Bell of Pearl, mother of 8-year-old patient Avery Bell. “Sometimes people ask what Batson means to me. It means life to me. I know that if it weren’t for this place … I wouldn’t have her.”

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Photos: Smiling faces, music herald start of construction

What a wonderful world, indeed. Leukemia survivor and Batson Children's Hospital patient Mary Ellis Cravey singing the Louis Armstrong standard, shoveling a rainbow of sand, confetti sent skyward and fresh hope for the future of pediatrics in Mississippi - it was all part of groundbreaking celebration.

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Photos: Smiling faces, music herald start of construction

Employees coming to work sick put patients in jeopardy

Employees coming to work sick put patients in jeopardy

Having the flu is bad enough, but when front-line caregivers bring it to work, they can spread the virus to coworkers and to patients. Infection prevention specialists at UMMC are urging employees with flu-like symptoms to stay home. They’re also asking friends and family members who are sick to refrain from visiting their hospitalized loved ones.

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UMMC staff receive service recognition

Medical Center leadership is proud to acknowledge those employees who will celebrate service anniversaries during the week of Dec. 4-10.

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UMMC staff receive service recognition

GWIMS talk, invited speaker presentations highlight week's events

GWIMS talk, invited speaker presentations highlight week's events

Several interesting events are scheduled for the upcoming week at the Medical Center.

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