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Office of Communications and Marketing

The Office of Communications and Marketing is the Medical Center’s institutional connection to audience groups within UMMC, across Mississippi and beyond. Through strategic communications and promotion initiatives, our office tells the Medical Center’s story through print and electronic publications, advertising, creative content and digital communications, including social media.

The office serves as the primary connection to the news media and facilitates all interactions with UMMC experts.

In addition, C&M provides a variety of services to the Medical Center community, including creative design services, marketing strategies, publicity for noteworthy activities, tours and event planning.

Our office can be reached by phone Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (601) 984-1100, or by email at

Our office is located on the first floor of the Holmes Learning Resources Center, across from the Office of the Vice Chancellor. The closest public parking lot to our office is in Lot D across from the Nelson Student Union, next to the School of Pharmacy. Walk through the School of Medicine, and we are right inside the LRC to the left.

Media guidelines and resources

Members of the professional news media who need assistance covering Medical Center activities or events or would like a UMMC expert to participate in a story should contact Ruth Cummins, assistant director for media relations, at (601) 984-1104 or

All members of the media who visit any UMMC location must be accompanied by an escort from the Office of Communications and Marketing.

Our office takes the privacy of our patients very serious and strictly follows federal HIPAA guidelines - external site.


Ernestine Smith, far left, is pictured with her siblings. Her dream to become a nurse was the inspiration for a scholarship for students in the RN-to-BSN program at UMMC.

Mother’s dream of a nursing career inspires endowed nursing scholarship at UMMC

Monday, June 5, 2023

The estate of Hugh Carroll Smith, a Brookhaven native and a professor emeritus in biology at Louisiana State University in Alexandria, endowed the Ernestine Price Smith Scholarship for registered nurses in the School of Nursing’s RN-to-BSN program. The gift will fund three $5,000 scholarships, easing the financial burden of continuing education for registered nurses seeking a bachelor’s degree. Read More

Laurel optometrist Dr. Josh Patrick examines the eyes of JFC Vision Clinic patient Marquise McClenty of Jackson.

JFC sees the need to care for patients with vision challenges

Monday, June 5, 2023

When third-year School of Medicine student Jordan Coggins asked her Jackson Free Clinic patients what other care they’d like to have, the answer, hands-down, was vision and eyeglasses. Partnering with community optometrists, the Mississippi Vision Foundation and others, the JFC has expanded its services once again to fill a gap and treat the whole patient. Read More

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Social Media

UMMC maintains a vibrant and active presence on social media include accounts representing UMMC-related schools, departments, programs and various groups across Mississippi.

If you have any questions or concerns about a UMMC-associated social media account, please contact

Stay connected with UMMC through one of the primary institutional accounts listed below.

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