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Regional One braces for more patients as Mississippi’s only burn center closes


On Friday, Oct. 14, Mississippi’s only burn center — the JMS Burn & Reconstruction Center run by Merit Health Central in Jackson — will close its doors. “It’s definitely going to pressurize the system, which really needs more burn centers and more providers taking care of burn patients,” said Dr. Ram Velamuri, the medical director at Firefighters Burn Center. Velamuri, who’s also an associate professor of plastic surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, noted a nationwide shortage of plastic surgeons specializing in the care of burn victims.

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