Until recently, the UNACARE Health Clinic had been the primary health-care provider for the midtown neighborhood. After the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing learned that a lack of transportation was making it hard for residents to get there, they had the idea for the UNACARE Mobile Clinic.
"We looked at the no-show rate and other factors and realized that a large number of people in the area had no transportation," Dr. Janet Harris, the associate dean of practice and community engagement at the School of Nursing, said in a press release. "We realized we needed to take health care to people in the community."
In the release, Harris says the van will be built to the nursing school's specifications. A two-person team will operate the clinic, but the hospital will expand services as needed. The van will also do prescreening diagnostic tests for children so they can attend Head Start.
Baptist Receives Magnet Title, Merges
In March, Baptist Medical Center in Jackson received a top honor for nursing excellence when the American Nurses Credentialing Center named it a "Magnet." Hospitals that receive the title have to satisfy a set of criteria measuring patient-care quality and professional nurse practice. Only 7 percent of hospitals in the U.S. receive the recognition, and Baptist is the only one in the state to get it.
The ANCC defines a Magnet hospital as one where nursing care results in excellent patient outcomes and where nurses have a high level of job satisfaction. The designation began in 1990 as a way to honor hospitals that attract and retain high-quality nurses.
"This honor is the ultimate affirmation of quality and excellence in the care of patients from nursing and from everyone in the organization," Baptist Health Systems Chief Nursing Officer and Baptist Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Bobbie Ware said in a press release. "Words cannot express the gratitude we have towards all our staff taking us on this journey to improve patient outcomes at the same time increasing job satisfaction."
In May, Mississippi Baptist Health Systems also merged with Baptist Memorial Health Care, which is headquartered in Memphis. Baptist Memorial has 17 locations spread throughout Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee, and Mississippi Baptist has four hospitals in Mississippi.
JSU Opens School of Public Health
Jackson State University opened the state's first School of Public Health during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Jackson Medical Mall on Monday, April 3, which coincided with National Public Health Week. In a press release, JSU said that the School of Public Health is part of the school's push to curb rising medical costs, fight diseases and prevent early death.
Dr. Mohammed Shahbazi, who is the interim dean of the School of Public Health, said in the release that he's optimistic that the state will reap the benefits from the school.
He said that over the past 100 years, public-health practices have added 25 years onto the life expectancy of people in the U.S. He also said that those actions "keep our food and water supply safe, prevent the outbreak of infectious diseases, impact policymaking, remove disparities and provide access to healthcare."
On the JSU website, the university says that the School of Public Health's mission is to prepare health leaders and improve the health of people in Mississippi, the nation and the world through evidence-based and community-oriented teaching, research and service.
Students will study areas of public health such as behavioral health promotion and education, epidemiology, health policy and management, and environmental and occupational health. The school offers a master's degree and a doctorate in public health.
While the application deadline for the DPH has passed, the deadline for the MPH to enroll in the spring semester is Oct. 15. For more information, visit jsums.edu.
More Dental, Health-Care in and Near Capital City
Jackson-area residents now have more options for dental and health care.
National dental-care company Aspen Dental opened a new practice in Flowood, its first in Mississippi, in January. The office provides services such as dentures, preventive care, general dentistry and restoration. For more information, call 844-856-5258 or visit aspendental.com
NewCare MD (129 Fountains Blvd., Suite 101, Madison), a new direct primary-care clinic, opened for business on Jan. 3, 2017. At direct primary-care clinics, patients pay through a monthly fee, rather than through methods such as an insurance company. As a result, they see their primary-care physician as often as needed with no co-pay or deductible, and physicians can spend more time with individual patients.
TrustCare Express Medical Clinics held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 7, 2016, for its fifth urgent-care and walk-in clinic. The northeast Jackson location (4880 Interstate 55 N. Frontage Road) is the third clinic that the organization has opened this year. TrustCare also has clinics at The Township at Colony Park in Ridgeland, Crossgates in Brandon, Lake Harbour Drive in Ridgeland and Old Fannin Road in Flowood. For more information, call 601-487-9199 or visit feelbetterfaster.com.