Anderson, UMMC enhance partnership

Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 6:09 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Anderson Regional Medical Center and the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s AirCare Medical Helicopter Transport are expanding their regional partnership.

Patients who are very sick or require a higher level of care that only UMMC can provide will be flown by AirCare to Jackson. UMMC’s medical director, Dr. Damon Darsey, says AirCare is equipped to do procedures no other medical air transport in Mississippi can do. That includes ultrasound to determine if trauma patients can remain here locally for care.

“In the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen some amazing outcomes of patients that probably wouldn’t live for surgery in Jackson, that had their surgery here in Meridian. That’s the key. Oftentimes it’s not the surgical challenge, it’s the intensive care rehab afterward. I will do all that later. Let’s get the patient stabilized in Meridian. That’s what we’re trying to do here at Anderson’s,” said Darsey.

The partnership between Anderson and UMMC dates back to 2016, but the enhanced relationship expands educational and clinical components from providers at UMMC. The Jackson hospital has Mississippi’s only level-1 trauma designation and the state’s only level-4 neonatal intensive care unit.

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