JACKSON, Miss. – Six hospitals in the Jackson/Vicksburg region, all affiliated with Community Health Systems, have formed a single regional healthcare system, Merit Health. The member hospitals were formally known as Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, River Oaks and Woman’s Hospital in Flowood, Crossgates River Oaks in Brandon, Madison River Oaks Medical Center in Canton and River Region Health System in Vicksburg. Reflecting their affiliation with the new regional healthcare system this February, the hospitals were renamed Merit Health Central, Merit Health River Oaks and Merit Health Woman’s Hospital, Merit Health Rankin, Merit Health Madison, Merit Health River Region Hospital. The combined system has more than 1,200 licensed beds, 3,300 employees and 1,800 physicians on active medical staff.
“Our hospitals have been working for some time to coordinate clinical and administrative strategies and best practices in areas, such as information technology, patient safety and clinical protocols,” said Tobey Houston, Merit Health spokesperson. “By coming together under this new structure, we create new opportunities to expand services in primary care, medical and surgical sub-specialties, and recruitment of new physicians. Additionally, by coordinating certain management and support services, we can realize efficiencies and standardizations that advance our commitments to high quality care, while reducing costs where possible. We believe our patients, physicians, employees and our communities will see our hospitals become even stronger together.”