Jones: Hospital partnership important

Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones (left) with GrenadaStar Publisher Joe Lee III.

Staff Writer

   University of Mississippi Chancellor Dr. Dan Jones said he’s excited about the university’s connections to Grenada.
   Ole Miss operates a satellite campus here, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center recently leased the Grenada Lake Medical Center.
   “The mission of the university is to make a positive impact in the state, and I’m confident this new partnership will contribute to that,” said Jones of UMMC taking over operations of the hospital. “It’s better if we can keep health care resources within our state.”
   Keeping resources within the state means retaining medical students once they graduate and convincing patients to stay here for their health care needs, Jones said. Partnerships with community hospitals, in which the resources of university expertise and research are shared and made available on the local level, are key in that new business model, which suits the present climate of health care, Jones said.
   “Health care is complicated, and I don’t think anybody today is completely satisfied with it,” said Jones. “However, I think that partnerships, like the one between GLMC and UMMC, are an indication that we’re on the right pathway, and that we’re working toward the kind of results that we need and expect.”

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