Children's of Mississippi's Batson Children’s Hospital is the only medical facility in the state devoted exclusively to the care and treatment of sick and injured children and adolescents. The hospital averages 9,000 admissions a year and nearly 80,000 children are treated in its clinics and emergency room annually. Patients come from all of Mississippi’s 82 counties to receive comprehensive medical care for everything from common childhood illnesses to serious trauma and life-threatening or chronic illnesses.
Batson Hospital provides care in more than 30 specialty areas, including newborn medicine, pediatric cardiology, neurology and surgery. It houses the state’s only pediatric intensive care unit and emergency department along with Mississippi's only pediatric treatment programs for cancer, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, congenital heart defects and more.
When Batson Hospital opened its doors in 1997, pediatric surgery shared surgical facilities with the nearby adult hospital. This required young patients to be transported across campus for their surgical needs, which meant being separated from their families during procedures and pre- and post-operative periods.
In 2002, University of Mississippi Medical Center began construction on the new pediatric surgical suites, a two-story addition atop the current hospital. This addition houses inpatient and outpatient surgical areas, a gastroenterology/pulmonary lab and a pediatric dental clinic. These facilities allow patients to receive the procedures they need without leaving the hospital.
Pediatric clinics also have undergone a renovation. The state-of-the-art, 15,600-square-foot Eli Manning Children's Clinics are a critical component of healthcare delivery for more than 75,000 Mississippi children. Pediatricians work alongside pediatric specialists in the clinics to provide kid-focused care, including well-child visits, a vaccination program and acute care in orthopaedics, cardiology and endocrinology.