In Memory of John Lang

About Friends of Childrens Hospital

Mission of Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children

As part of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children shares in the mission:

  • To provide high quality treatment for all patients using the disciplines and specialties of modern health care;

  • To lead the way to discoveries which will raise the health level of Mississippians and, indeed, all mankind;

  • To teach in a superior manner the art and science of health care; and

  • To respond to community needs through continuing education and outreach programs that extend beyond the campus.

Friends of Children’s Hospital

Friends of Children’s Hospital began in 1989 with a group of dedicated hospital supporters who had a desire to improve health care for Mississippi’s children. Shortly after, they were asked to support a campaign to build a new children’s hospital. The support Friends provided to this effort helped make possible the construction of the Batson Children’s Hospital, which opened in 1997. Additional needs arose and Friends has continued fundraising efforts to this day.

Since it began, Friends has helped the Batson Hospital meet a wide range of needs from coffee for families, decorating the lobby at Christmas, partially funding the activity rooms and helping build the public’s awareness of the need to support Batson. Friends also has contributed to the continued growth of children’s services by raising $1.7 million each for the Pediatric Surgical Center and Children’s Emergency Department; donating $100,000 to the D. Jeanette Pullen Chair of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and giving $500,000 for the Suzan B. Thames Endowed Chair of Pediatrics. These chairs will ensure the recruitment and retention of excellent faculty who will both train future physicians and treat our children.

Friends’ recently competed the fundraising goal for the new Eli Manning Children’s Clinics at Batson Children’s Hospital. Friends partnered with Eli Manning and BankPlus to raise $2.5 million over a period of 5 years and everyone is thrilled that more than $2.9 million was raised. What a wonderful gift for the children of our state treated at children’s hospital!

With the community’s support of our many projects, Friends also has been able to fund a project aimed at improving each child’s stay in the hospital. Lodgenet Interactive is a new entertainment system that was introduced in Batson Children’s Hospital in 2010. Each patient room features a flat screen television and patients can watch, pause and rewind stored movies or television programs. Children and parents can access pre-recorded short films regarding a child’s diagnosis or a scheduled treatment. Hospital information and tips for parents are available and the children can access Nintendo GameCube games to help pass the time. Friends' hope is that this addition will help reduce stress for families who are trying to keep a sick child content during a hospital stay.
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Key Information

Primary Focus
General Health and Rehabilitative
Phone Number
3900 Lakeland Drive, Suite 205
Flowood, MS 39232
Nonprofit Since
Owen B Evans