Suit aims to block UMC upgrade

Attorneys for Jackson-area private hospitals are looking to Hinds County Chancery Court to settle a dispute over whether the University of Mississippi Medical Center may expand its facilities and technology without proving a regional need for them.

In a civil suit filed Aug. 10, Baptist Medical Center, St. Dominic Hospital and Central Mississippi Medical Center are asking the court to mandate that UMC follow the same requirements under state law that they do.

The suit argues that UMC’s recent purchase of an Elekta Synergy S linear accelerator – equipment used in radiation treatment for cancer patients – gives it an unfair competitive advantage.