Academic Health Centers: Governance Models and UMMC

Academic Health Centers (AHCs) in a competitive healthcare marketplace constantly try to meet the demands of their mission: education, research, and patient care.  A review of models and best practices nationwide were related to governance of academic health centers and apply the findings to the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  UMMC has a substantial footprint within Mississippi, affecting education, research, and health care delivery systems. It is Mississippi’s only academic health center and provides a variety of specialized hospital services not available elsewhere in the state.  (December 2015)

School Nurses In Mississippi

Nurses were introduced into schools in the US in 1902, primarily to intervene for students and families with communicable diseases.  School nurses deal not only with the physical health of students, but also their mental, emotional, and social health in order to provide students with the support they need to grow and learn.  The school nurse is often a child’s main provider of health care.  This report describes the structure, functions and funding of school nurses in Mississippi.

The Lewin Group Report on the Economic Impact of the University of Mississippi Medical Center

The Lewin Group was commissioned by The Center for Mississippi Health Policy to assess the economic impact of The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) on the Jackson metropolitan statistical area (Jackson MSA) and Mississippi. In addition, the study provides recommendations on actions the state could take to maximize UMMC’s economic potential.

Note: This report was commissioned in 2006.

Why this is important:

  • UMMC is a diverse $849 million enterprise directly providing approximately 7,200 jobs, representing about 13 percent of the employees in the state’s hospitals.
  • The State appropriated $175.6 million in State General Funds to UMMC in FY 2006.
  • UMMC generates a total output impact of $1.38 billion, $538 million in labor income, 13,232 jobs, and $175 million in tax revenue for the state of Mississippi.
  • The total output impact represents at least 2 percent of Mississippi’s economy and 10 percent of the Jackson MSA’s economy.


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