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Health Department investigating state’s first potential case of chikungunya

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health is investigating its first potential case of chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye) virus, a mosquito-borne illness traditionally found in Africa and Asia. State health officials said yesterday that a Mississippi resident who recently returned from Haiti may have the illness. Symptoms include fever, muscle and joint pain and joint swelling. […] [...]

PEER criticizes DMH; has questions for LeGrand about cutting care

WHITFIELD — A legislative watchdog committee is criticizing how the Department of Mental Health handled a contract to shut down its community care unit at the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield. The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, in a report released Friday, criticized the department’s $45,000 contract with Guided Steps to […] [...]

VA director promises ongoing audits following report

JACKSON — The director of the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Administration Medical Center says while he’s pleased what VA audit had to say about his facility, the Jackson hospital will continue routine checks on patient care. The Department of Veterans Affairs found in audit results released Monday patients seeking care through the Jackson medical center […] [...]

Eye doctor accused of killing his wife dies in hospital

JACKSON — A Jackson ophthalmologist who was charged in the fatal shooting of his wife has died at a Jackson hospital. Dr. William Mayfield, a retired ophthalmologist, was arrested April 30 and charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife. Police say they found 67-year-old Susan Mayfield suffering from a shotgun wound to […] [...]

Audit: Patients waiting more than a month to see doctor at VA hospital

JACKSON — Patients seeking care through the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Administration Medical Center in Jackson are waiting an average of 45 days for their first appointment with a primary care doctor, according to a wide-ranging audit released yesterday. That’s about three times longer than the Veterans Affairs Department’s 14-day goal for seeing first-time patients, […] [...]

Ocean Spray issues recall over peanut allergy risk

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Ocean Spray is voluntarily recalling two production lots of Ocean Spray Greek Yogurt Covered Craisins Dried Cranberries because the products may contain yogurt-covered peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The following eight-ounce pouches […] [...]

Forrest General offering leased vehicles to staff

HATTIESBURG — Forrest General Home Care and Hospice is lowering operating costs, meeting an increased demand for care and providing more reliable fuel-efficient transportation for its clinical staff. The leased vehicles are an alternative to mileage reimbursement, thus eliminating the need for wear and tear on personal vehicles. A roll out of 93 new 2014 […] [...]

Construction complete on Healthplex Performance Center

MADISON — General contractor Brasfield & Gorrie has completed the $16-million Healthplex Performance Center in Madison. The two-story, 100,000-square-foot sportsplex and medical office building includes a training floor with strength and cardio equipment, indoor walking track, indoor pool, therapy pools, indoor field house and athletic field, among other amenities. The facility also features medical office […] [...]

Keeton to retire next year as head of UMMC

JACKSON — The head of the University of Mississippi Medical Center has announced his retirement. Dr. James Keeton said today that he will retire as of June 30, 2015. Keeton, a pediatric urologist, has been vice chancellor of health affairs and dean of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine since July 2009. He’s worked […] [...]

Anti-abortion initiatives spread across South

JACKSON — From Texas to Alabama, laws are being enacted that would greatly restrict access to abortion, forcing many women to travel hundreds of miles to find a clinic. The laws, requiring abortion doctors to have privileges to admit patients to local hospitals, could have a profound impact on women in poor and rural sections […] [...]

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