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UMMC withdraws offer to affiliate with 208-bed hospital

The Jackson-based University of Mississippi Medical Center rescinded its offer to affiliate with the financially struggling Greenwood (Miss.) Leflore Hospital, according to the Delta Daily News.

The board of the 208-bed hospital briefly discussed UMMC's offer — which city and county officials and hospital staff supported — during a meeting last week. However, the board reportedly took no action and did not vote on the offer, the report states.

Under the proposed affiliation, UMMC would help the hospital increase patient volume, recruit new physicians and save millions of dollars by upgrading its current EHR system.

UMMC would also provide Greenwood Leflore with an interim CEO. The hospital has been without a chief executive since last March after the board voted not to renew former CEO Jim Jackson's contract.

George Smith, MD, a physician liaison to the Greenwood Leflore Hospital board, told the The Greenwood Commonwealth he received a letter from UMMC outlining the hospital's frustration with Greenwood Leflore's lack of communication and the board's decision not to renew Dr. Smith's contract or the contracts of three other physicians during the last month.

To access the Delta Daily News report, click here.

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