Pediatric Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders begins renovations

Pediatric Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders begins renovations

Mississippi kids Renovation of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders began this week inside the Blair E. Batson Tower in The University of Mississippi Medical Center.

The funding began with a $1.5 million donation from Pat and Jim Coggin of Jackson, whose daughter was treated at UMMC when she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.

“Outstanding care is exceptionally good at UMMC, but so are limitations,” Coggins said. “We were looking for a way to give back to our community and when this opportunity came our way, we felt like it was the right thing to do.”

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Pat and Jim Coggin at UMMC

The entire project will cost more than $5 million and renovations will begin next year, officials said.

Dr. Mary B. Taylor said UMMC has state-of-the-art care and services, but the facilities haven’t matched care for quite some time, prompting the need for renovations.

“We want to give parents and kids a great experience no matter where they are on campus,” said Taylor. “This is the first stage and phase of renovation of the Batson Tower.

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