JACKSON, Miss. – Confetti rained down and cheers went up in December as patients joined leaders in medicine and government to break ground for a $180 million new pediatrics tower at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
The seven-story, 340,000-square-foot tower to be built adjacent to Batson Children’s Hospital will house a state-of-the art neonatal intensive care unit with private rooms, additional pediatric intensive care unit rooms and surgical suites and an imaging center designed for children. The Children’s Heart Center, representing the Medical Center’s pediatric cardiovascular program, will also call the new building home.
The tower’s opening is planned for August 2020. Children’s of Mississippi leadership anticipates recruiting 30-40 new physicians in the next five years as the facility is built and after it is opened.
The construction is funded in part through the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi, a philanthropic effort launched in 2016 with co-chairs Joe Sanderson Jr., board chairman and CEO of Sanderson Farms, and his wife Kathy making a personal $10 million pledge.
Friends of Children’s Hospital, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds for Batson Children’s Hospital, followed that with a $20 million pledge later that year. The Campaign has raised more than $60 million toward its $100 million goal so far.
Children’s of Mississippi is the umbrella organization that includes Batson Children’s Hospital and all UMMC pediatric care throughout the state.