Physicians say Mississippi children's hospital has 'pervasive mold and cockroaches'

June 12, 2018

More than 30 physicians have left Batson Children's Hospital, part of Jackson-based University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), prompting litigation questioning the doctors' motives.

Among other complaints, the physicians allege the staffing and facilities provided by UMMC were inadequate. Alleged sanitary issues included pervasive mold and cockroaches, according to an article on the Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control website.

According to reports, a UMMC executive allegedly said the hemophilia clinic space "looked like something in the former Soviet Union."

Former UMMC geneticist Omar Abdul-Rahman, MD, told the Clarion Ledger it was normal to see cockroaches at Batson Children's Hospital and that the hospital staff even had designated cockroach killers — employees who were responsible for removing the bugs.

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