Posts Tagged ‘health care’

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, […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Cochran gains strong support at Delta Council; Gov. Bryant calls him ‘best for Mississippi’

By Ted Carter CLEVELAND, Mississippi – Thad Cochran’s visit here Friday for the close of the Delta Council’s 79th annual meeting netted him several standing ovations from an auditorium of invited guests and a declaration of support from Gov. Phil Bryant as “best for Mississippi.” The enthusiasm for Cochran ran counter to an electronic poll […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Medical Assurance’s ratings upgraded by A.M. Best

RIDGELAND — A.M. Best has upgraded the financial strength rating to “A (Excellent)” from “A- (Excellent)” and issuer credit rating to “a” from “a-” of Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi (MACM). The outlook for both ratings has been revised to “stable” from “positive.” A.M. Best wrote: “The ratings of MACM are reflective of its strong […] [...]

Woman accused of multi-state scheme to steal identities, forge prescriptions

RANKIN COUNTY — A woman alleged to be stealing identities and forging prescriptions has been arrested following a seven-month investigation, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Sylvia Cook, 59, whose last known residence is in Jackson, was arrested in rural Rankin County.  Cook is wanted by Mississippi and Louisiana authorities for multiple counts of identity […] [...]

Mobile hospital opens in tornado-torn Louisville

LOUISVILLE — The National Mobile Disaster Hospital has opened in a Mississippi city where the local hospital was heavily damaged by an April 28 tornado. It opened yesterday in Louisville, and will be used until Winston Medical Center is rebuilt. Local physicians, nurses and support employees will work in the facility owned by the Federal […] [...]

Anti-abortion initiative misses deadline, won’t be on ballot

JACKSON — Mississippians will not vote on a new ballot initiative that would declare life begins at conception. The sponsors of Initiative 41 missed a yesterday deadline to submit petitions to get the proposal on the November 2015 ballot, said Pamela Weaver, spokeswoman for the secretary of state’s office. Because the petitions were not submitted, […] [...]

New anti-abortion initiative uncertain as deadline nears

JACKSON — Organizers have little time left to push for a new Mississippi ballot initiative that would declare life begins at conception. Abortion opponents face a Wednesday deadline to submit petitions to put the proposed state constitutional amendment on the November 2015 ballot. It would be nearly identical to a ballot initiative that 58 percent […] [...]

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