Merit Health cuts services at Jackson facility, company confirms

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Merit Health Central, a major hospital that provides care to tens of thousands of Jacksonians, will soon reduce the care that can be provided at this facility, although the reasons have not yet been disclosed by management. .

Jana Fuss, chief marketing officer of Merit Health, told 3 On Your Side that her cardiovascular surgery, neonatal intensive care unit, endoscopy and other unspecified services will be consolidated, meaning they will be moved from Jackson’s location to one of the company’s other four. Merit Health locations in the metro area.

The company first notified state health officials of the decision to move cardiovascular services six months ago, according to Mississippi State Health Department documentation.

Five days ago, Merit Health also filed a certificate of need with MSDH to move its psychiatric services as well, although it is unclear from the documents reviewed whether those services would be added or removed from the location. of Jackson.

News of the consolidation comes two weeks after the company announced that the state’s only burn center — located inside Merit Health Central — would close in mid-October.

“All five Jackson-area Merit Health hospitals share a commitment to serving the residents of Jackson and the surrounding area,” Fuss told WLBT in an emailed statement. “We regularly review our operations and assess how we can best apply our resources to deliver needed services and strengthen our operations.”

Fuss said Merit Health Central’s labour, delivery and nursery ward would remain fully operational, housing “term and near-term infants who are stable enough to cohabit with their mothers.”

She said the Jackson hospital would also continue to provide medical, surgical, operating room and critical care services, as well as emergency and obstetrics care.

Fuss declined to comment on what these measures mean for the hospital’s long-term plan for Merit Health Central.

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