The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, is considering an affiliation with for-profit Health Management Associates, Naples, Fla.
Late News: University of Mississippi hospital, HMA considering affiliation
Officials from 581-bed UMMC said in a news release that the possible agreement could provide more access to resources, including improved services for chronic-disease management.
“In this new era of healthcare, none of us can stand alone anymore,” Dr. James Keeton, University of Mississippi Medical Center's vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the school of medicine, said in the release. Although the details of affiliation have not been decided on, one scenario would allow UMMC and Health Management Associates to work together to boost in-hospital educational and training opportunities for physicians in the face of a looming statewide shortage.
“Doing so would enhance UMMC's ability to grow the number of physicians in Mississippi, which lags behind nearly every other state in its per-capita supply and distribution of doctors,” according to the release.
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