Mall History Virtual Tour of the Medical Mall


The Power of Vision

Development of the Jackson Medical Mall was part of an inner city revitalization project that converted an ailing retail center into a modern medical complex, providing medical care and human services to those who are economically disadvantaged. In 1995, Dr. Aaron Shirley had a vision. He pictured the desolate Jackson Mall thriving once again, not with retail, but instead with what he knew best, healthcare. It was a vision charged with excitement, growth and activity. He proposed that Mississippi's first retail mall be converted into a state-of-the-art ambulatory health care facility providing quality health care for the urban poor of Jackson, Mississippi. This ambitious concept for rebirth and renewal would be, in Dr. Shirley's words, a community-based venture, in terms of its ownership and its mission. To accomplish this, Shirley teamed up with the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the state's only medical school and research center and the nexus of specialized medical care. Shortly after, Tougaloo College and Jackson State University joined the team to develop and expand educational opportunities at the facility. This vision led to the creation of the Jackson Medical Mall. Today, the Jackson Medical Mall continues to surpass expectations as the only facility of its kind in the nation that provides quality healthcare, human services and retail, an economic development component, to the community. Renamed the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center in 2001, the Mall is the hub of growth and revitalization in the City of Jackson.


Sharing the Vision with our Community

The Foundation has strong ties to the community and builds on that relationship with an extensive community development program that involves the Jackson Medical Mall



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