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Newest school on UMMC campus named for longtime supporter

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The latest chapter in Mississippi’s health story has a name -- the John D. Bower School of Population Health.

At a ceremony Monday, Sept. 19, university and health-care leaders celebrated the newest health science school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Approved by the state Institutions of Higher Learning in April, the school will be the seventh represented at the Medical Center campus and only the third of its kind in the United States. Classes will start in fall 2017.

Dr. LouAnn Woodward, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs says the new school is a great opportunity for health care in Mississippi.

"This is a new school for the Medical Center and only the third in the nation," said Dr. Woodward. "So it is an opportunity for us to be on the leading edge of changing health and healthcare delivery for Mississippi."

The school’s namesake, Dr. John Bower, is a UMMC professor emeritus of medicine with a distinguished record of patient care advocacy

"He really was a leading figure in the country in making dialysis accessible to the population at large and he established the first dialysis unit here at the Medical Center in 1966," Dr. Woodward said.

Bower’s 1972 U.S. Congressional testimony influenced the decision to allow Medicare coverage for end-stage renal disease patients. His non-profit corporation, Kidney Care, Inc., opened dialysis clinics in 22 Mississippi cities.

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