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Health officials identify yet another case of West Nile virus

HINDS COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Health is confirming one new case of West Nile virus, bringing the state total to 44 this year with five deaths. The new case was reported in Hinds County. So far this year, human WNV cases have been reported in the following counties: Adams (3), Bolivar (1), Calhoun […] [...]

Advocates of low-income residents decry failure to expand Medicaid

JACKSON — Groups supporting low-income Mississippi residents said yesterday that elected officials are ignoring 300,000 people and refusing billions of federal dollars by choosing not to expand Medicaid in one of the poorest states in the nation. If the state were to extend Medicaid, as allowed under the health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed […] [...]

Number of state’s human cases of West Nile in 2014 climbs to 43

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Health is confirming three new cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state total to 43 this year. New cases reported yesterday are in Calhoun, Hinds and Madison counties. Nobody has died in the latest cases, although there have been five previous deaths from the mosquito-borne virus this […] [...]

Bryant wants report on health emergency plans in wake of Ebola outbreak

JACKSON — At the request Gov. Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Mississippi State Department of Health and several other key state agencies are working closely together to ensure a coordinated response with the states’ public health emergency plans. These agencies will provide Bryant a complete briefing on Wednesday at the State Emergency Operations […] [...]

Baptist Memorial Healthcare lays off workers at two hospitals

BOONEVILLE and NEW ALBANY — Baptist Memorial Healthcare is laying off workers at its Booneville and New Albany hospitals in Mississippi in cost reduction plan. Overall, the Memphis-based hospital system is eliminating 112 jobs from its 15,000-person workforce. Eleven workers will be laid off at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville and three at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County […] [...]

Palmer donates $1M to UMMC’s MIND Center for Alzheimer’s research

JACKSON — Businessman John N. Palmer has donated $1 million to the MIND Center, a University of Mississippi Medical Center institution dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease. Palmer, the chairman and founder of GulfSouth Capital Inc., a Jackson-based private investment firm, presented the gift to the Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia Research Center, which is committed […] [...]

Community Health System subsidiary acquires Natchez Regional Medical Center

NATCHEZ — A subsidiary of Franklin, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Inc. has acquired substantially all of the assets of the 179-bed Natchez Regional Medical Center. Terms were not disclosed. Natchez Regional Medical Center voluntarily filed a Chapter 9 bankruptcy petition in March 2014. Community Health Systems’ subsidiary was the sole and winning bidder in an […] [...]

State health officials identify two more cases of enterovirus-D68

FORREST COUNTY and CALHOUN COUNTY — Mississippi health officials are confirming two more cases of a virus that causes respiratory illness in children. The Mississippi State Department of Health says in a news release that the two cases were reported in young children — one from Forrest County and the other from Calhoun County. A […] [...]

Mississippi tops again in ranking of physician-friendly states

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — For the second straight year, the Magnolia State is tops when it comes to a physician-friendly locale to practice medicine. Each year, Norwalk, Connecticut-based Physicians Practice compiles its list of the “Best States to Practice,” based on several analytics including cost of living, disciplinary actions taken against physicians, tax burden per capita […] [...]

Officials identify first case in state of enterovirus D68

HANCOCK COUNTY — Mississippi health officials have confirmed the state’s first case of a virus that causes respiratory illness in children. The Mississippi State Department of Health today confirmed a case of enterovirus D68 in Hancock County. Health officials say the child was hospitalized and has since recovered. Enterovirus-D68 is a more virulent strain of […] [...]

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