Mississippi’s only burn center will close Oct. 14

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s only burn center will close Oct. 14, hospital officials said Thursday.

The JMS Burn and Reconstruction Center, located at Merit Health Central in South Jackson, includes 13 burn intensive care rooms, 20 burn patient rooms, and a 12-room outpatient clinic. The center takes care of adult and pediatric burn victims in hospitalization and on an outpatient basis.

After Oct. 14, burn patients will be referred to Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, Firefighters Burn Center – Regional One Health in Memphis, Tennessee or USA Health in Mobile, Alabama, the Clarion Ledger reported.

According to a hospital statement. “The COVID-19 pandemic and challenging staffing and recruiting environment has made it increasingly difficult for us to recruit the range of specialists needed to maintain the burns program, which is the main reason for which we have made the difficult decision to close.”

The hospital said the Burn & Hand Rehabilitative Services Clinic will continue to provide care to these current patients until they are transferred to other appropriate medical practices,” the hospital said.

The hospital said it was in talks with other regional providers to explore the possibility of setting up a burn program.

“We are grateful that we have been able to meet the burns and reconstruction needs of patients in our state and across the region for the past 14 years,” the hospital said.

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