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University of Mississippi Medical Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center announce affiliation agreement

Feb. 27, 2018, 9:31 AM

Officials with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have announced a clinical affiliation agreement that establishes a collaborative relationship between the two institutions.

The agreement provides the ability to form new clinical programs and services to be shared by the two institutions. It also creates a pathway for UMMC and VUMC to formally collaborate on a broad range of health and wellness initiatives and clinical services and to jointly collaborate on programs in medical innovation and transforming clinical care. The agreement also positions both organizations to explore opportunities for collaboration in graduate medical education and training.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center, based in Jackson, features seven health science schools and the state’s only level I trauma center and children’s hospital.

Both organizations recognize market forces that make it necessary for progressive health systems to seek out new ways to improve the quality, value and experience of healthcare services for patients across Tennessee and Mississippi.

“VUMC and UMMC share the common goal of improving the health of the populations we serve. As the leading academic medical centers in our respective adjoining states, we also face many of the same or similar opportunities and challenges in today’s changing healthcare landscape.” said Charles O’Mara, MD, MBA, Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs for UMMC. “Fortunately, both institutions currently enjoy an upward trajectory on many fronts and have strengths that nicely complement one another. This collaboration just makes good sense, and we’re excited and honored to be affiliating with such highly respected colleagues at Vanderbilt.”

Patients in Tennessee and Mississippi can benefit from shared evidence-based practices in areas of common interest, while clinicians will have new opportunities for cross-institutional collaboration.

“Year after year, southern states consistently rank near the bottom in the nation for certain health and wellness metrics. This agreement creates opportunities for our organizations to develop programs and services that will benefit the communities we serve while advancing our mission to improve the health of citizens who live throughout the Southeast,” said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, MD, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Health System Officer for VUMC. “We look forward to working closely with colleagues at UMMC as we go about this important work.”

Both organizations will contribute substantial strengths to the relationship. For example, UMMC is nationally recognized for its advanced telemedicine capabilities and for its tertiary clinical services that benefit the citizens of Mississippi, while VUMC is similarly recognized for its research, training programs and advanced capabilities in clinical care.

“We believe there are a wide range of possible areas for collaboration,” said Kevin Cook, MSBA, Health System Chief Executive Officer for UMMC. “Some are clinical in nature, such as working together to enhance our respective drug formularies, while others are more business-oriented, such as improved supply chain performance.”

Each institution remains independent and free to pursue individual initiatives. This strategic affiliation agreement provides a framework for both institutions to collaborate in select areas.


About University of Mississippi Medical Center

Based in the state capital of Jackson, the University of Mississippi Medical Center encompasses seven health science schools, including medicine, nursing, health related professions, dentistry, pharmacy, graduate studies and population health. The medical center’s healthcare enterprise, where modern organ transplantation was pioneered, includes the state’s only level I trauma center, its only children’s hospital and many other advanced medical services in locations across the state. UMMC’s education, research and health care missions share the objectives of improving the health of the state’s population and eliminating health disparities. UMMC’s annual budget is $1.7 billion, about one-tenth of which comes from the state, and it employs 10,000 people. UMMC is a campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

For more information visit the UMMC Office of Public Affairs page.

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