Archive for 2007

Commercial Realtors assess an active year for the industry

by Lynn Lofton Published: December 24,2007

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Members of the Mississippi Commercial Association of Realtors are taking a year-end look at trends in sectors of the state’s commercial real estate industry. They see continuing strong markets for retail and office space and for agricultural and recreational land with growth in distribution/industrial land in North Mississippi. “We are still experiencing an active market […] [...]

Fitness centers focused on client motivation this time of year

by Lynn Lofton Published: December 17,2007

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Keeping clients motivated to maintain workout schedules is a big issue for fitness centers this time of year. Some are giving prizes and starting new programs to keep the momentum going. The Baldwyn Wellness Center introduced the Twelve Days of Christmas Fitness program with a log of recommended exercises in 15-minutes increments for clients. “We […] [...]

Physical therapy centers wrestling reimbursement issues

by Lynn Lofton Published: December 17,2007

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Physical therapy centers around the state are treating a wide range of patients for a variety of reasons. They’re also battling insurance issues along with Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. “It’s a constant fight to be reimbursed by Medicare. That’s our biggest issue,” said James Griffin II, a physical therapist assistant and clinic director at the […] [...]

New Year…New You

by Becky Gillette Published: December 17,2007

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Exercise the cheapest health insurance you can buy [...]

Worksite wellness program for state employees could pay off

by Becky Gillette Published: December 17,2007

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The largest employer in the state —the State of Mississippi — is launching a new worksite wellness program that could produce major benefits by creating healthier state employees, reducing the costs of health insurance and medical care while also setting a good example for the rest of the state. Gov. Haley Barbour is working with […] [...]

Worksite wellness programs building momentum with businesses

by Becky Gillette Published: December 17,2007

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Costs to provide employee health insurance and healthcare are one of the biggest challenges currently facing Mississippi employers. According to the Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA), national studies continue to show Mississippi’s workforce leads the country in battling chronic conditions including high cholesterol, hypertension, smoking, obesity and diabetes. On average, the annual estimated direct and indirect […] [...]

Trauma care system improving, but additional funding needed

by Becky Gillette Published: December 17,2007

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Mississippi has made significant strides with its trauma care network in recent years. But, like the rest of the country, there is a shortage of trauma surgeons and nurses and providing the care can be a burden because of the large number of uninsured patients. “The number of trauma surgeons produced every year and ones […] [...]

State sees fewer reported cases of West Nile virus in 2007

by Lynn Lofton Published: December 17,2007

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Mississippi is ending 2007 with fewer cases of West Nile virus than last year. The Department of Health’s statistics reveal 126 confirmed cases with the most in the three counties of the metro Jackson area. Madison County had 21 cases and Hinds and Rankin counties each had 13. Leflore County ranked fourth with eight cases. […] [...]

Plenty of vaccine available and there’s still time to get flu shot

by Lynn Lofton Published: December 17,2007

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Some influenza cases are being seen around the state but the real flu season for Mississippi begins next month. That means there’s still time to get vaccinated and have it take effect just like the large number of people who have taken the shot. There is no shortage of vaccine this year. “There has been […] [...]

Primary stroke center certification boosts patients’ odds

by Lynn Lofton Published: December 17,2007

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Stroke patients in South Mississippi have high odds of recovery with the care now available at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport. The facility has become the first hospital in the state to be certified as a primary stroke center by the Joint Commission. Memorial achieved at least 85% compliance rate of the performance measures for 90 […] [...]

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