UMMC to merge some functions with rehab hospital

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi Medical Center will merge some functions with a neighboring rehabilitation hospital.

The College Board approved the agreement with Methodist Rehabilitation Center Thursday.

UMMC will close its inpatient rehabilitation unit over the next two years and move it into Methodist's building, hiring some of Methodist's physicians and nurse practitioners as faculty members. Some UMMC employees may shift to Methodist, but no layoffs are expected.

UMMC and Methodist will continue as separate organizations.

As part of the deal, UMMC pledges to create an institute to study neurological and related physical disabilities. Methodist will help pay for the startup costs of the institute and part of the salary of its director.

UMMC says it will also consider creating a department of physical medicine and rehabilitation in its medical school.

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