JACKSON, Mississippi (WJTV) – The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is working with Jackson State University (JSU) to provide medical services to athletes.
They will regularly host all home and away football matches and all women’s and men’s home basketball matches. Some other school sports are staffed and UMMC providers are available for all 450 JSU athletes.
“We believe that comprehensive care from UMMC is what athletes need,” said Dr. Kellie Leitch, Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the UMMC. Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation. “This is a great new opportunity for the department, but these athletes also need to have access to cardiology, ophthalmology and all specialties. Being injured in the field is not just a broken bone.
The partnership evolved because JSU “was looking for a comprehensive model of care for their athletes, and the university system was best suited to help them meet their needs,” said Dr. George Russell, CEO of University Physicians, MD. from the faculty of the Medical Center. practice plan. Russell previously served as longtime President of Orthopedics.
“The care of our student-athletes is of the highest priority at Jackson State University,” said Ashley Robinson, vice president and director of athletics at JSU. “When a young man or woman comes to campus in the first year, we look after someone’s son, daughter, brother, sister and friend. The care they receive is part of the student-athlete experience, and I believe we work with the best healthcare professionals in the country.
UMMC’s specialist care will be available to JSU athletes year-round, from the first day of training in the summer to the last baseball game in the spring, according to Dr. Jim Hurt, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery.