UMMC, community partnership celebrated in special ceremony


Staff Writer

   The newly-formed partnership between the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the former Grenada Lake Medical Center should add to the quality of life in Grenada and surrounding areas, according to hospital and county officials.
   UMMC Grenada staff officially unveiled the new logo Friday at the hospital’s grand opening.
   A soft, white light emanating from behind an overlapped ribbon greeted guests and dignitaries Friday at the hospital’s official grand opening.
   State representatives mingled with hospital officials, as well as Grenada city and county personnel.
   UMMC has been leasing the Grenada hospital since September, since county officials, along with the hospital board, finalized terms with the university.
   The long-term lease, which will be for a minimum of 20 years, took effect at the beginning of the year.

   Dr. James E. Keeton, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs, and Dr. LouAnn Woodward, associate vice chancellor for health affairs, greeted guests.
   David Putt, who was recently named CEO of the Grenada hospital, stood with Keeton and Woodward.
   “We think highly of our neighboring friends in health care, but we want Grenada people to receive their health care in Grenada,” said Putt, during his remarks outside, prior to the reception.
   “This partnership represents months of hard work,” said Putt, referring to the protracted discussion between the Grenada County Board of Supervisors, along with County Attorney Jay Gore, and UMMC representatives.

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