JACKSON, Miss. – Central Mississippi Medical Center dedicated its’ JMS Burn and Reconstruction program with a Thursday morning ribbon cutting.
“I love cutting ribbons and breaking ground, but I have never cut a ribbon as important as today,” said Governor Phil Bryant who noted that he attends economic development ribbon cuttings often. “Those ribbons and those industries help provide jobs and income, but very few of them save people’s lives.”
The burn program, which treats children and adults, offers a 13-bed burn intensive care unit along with other services. It is affiliated with Joseph M. Still (JMS) Burn Centers, Inc. in Augusta, Georgia, the physician group that manages the largest burn facility in the U.S.
“We are very proud to have the Burn Care in the state of Mississippi.” said Charlotte Dupre’, the hospital’s CEO. “Without the Joseph M. Still (JMS) Burn Center at CMMC, patients would have to travel out of state for this type of care and it could be a burden to families.”
Officials said the center will provide an assortment of treatments of critical burn patients, including reconstructive surgeries.
Here’s one patient’s personal testimony: