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Mission: Our promise to Mississippi is to improve the health of children by:

  • Providing world-class care
  • Educating tomorrow’s medical leaders
  • Promoting discovery and innovation

Vision: We will touch the life of every child in Mississippi and help them reach their full potential.


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.

Blair E. Batson has a strict "No Child Turned Away" Policy in that no child is ever turned away for an inability to pay for treatment. Batson cares for children and allows families to have the ease of mind that they won't have hundreds of thousands of medical bills waiting for them while they worry about the health of their child.