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Health officials identify another case of chikungunya virus

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new human case of chikungunya (chih-kihn-GUHN’-yuh) virus. Health officials say in a news release the newest case occurred in a resident who recently returned from the Dominican Republic. This is the fourth human case reported in a Mississippi. The three cases previously reported occurred […] [...]

Medical transportation company opening operation/call center

JACKSON — A Missouri company is opening a location in Mississippi to provide non-emergency medical transportation. MTM Inc. plans a transportation operation and call center in a north Jackson office building that will hire 80 people. The company is investing $400,000. The Mississippi Development Authority contributed $50,000 for building upgrades, as well as workforce training. […] [...]

Gibson: VA spending more money in Jackson to speed care

JACKSON — Acting U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson says that veterans’ health care is moving in the right direction in Jackson and nationwide. Gibson visited the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson. He met with employees, veterans’ groups and reporters. Gibson said the VA is sending an additional $4 million to Jackson […] [...]

Fitch downgrades Baptist’s bond rating

JACKSON — Fitch Ratings has downgraded approximately $97.1 million Mississippi Hospital Equipment and Facilities Authority revenue bonds, series 2007A, issued on behalf of Mississippi Baptist Health System (MBHS) to from “BBB+” to “BBB”. The rating outlook is “stable”. Fitch wrote: The rating downgrade reflects MBHS’s profitability deterioration in fiscal year (FY) 2013 and through the […] [...]

USM, hospitals form network to study West Nile virus

HATTIESBURG and JACKSON — The mosquito-transmitted West Nile virus has been on the upswing nationwide over the past several years. It is estimated that the virus has killed more than 1,500 people and infected more than 50,000 Americans in the last 15 years. Now, researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi have joined forces with […] [...]

UMMC turns to Hood for opinion on moving unmarked graves

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center is seeking an attorney general’s opinion on whether the state Department of Archives and History has authority over the medical center’s ability to relocate unmarked graves on its Jackson property. Officials with that agency say they can already answer that question — they don’t have any authority. […] [...]

Investigations close into whistleblower complaints about VA hospital

JACKSON — The U.S. Office of Special Counsel says investigations are closed into whistleblower disclosure about radiology and patient care practices at the G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson. Carolyn Lerner of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel sent a letter to the president yesterday about whistleblower complaints at several VA facilities, […] [...]

Oklahoma health system donates to hospital workers in wake of tornado

LOUISVILLE — The Norman Regional Health System in Oklahoma has donated $48,000 to the Winston County Medical Center in Louisville. Norman Regional Health System President and CEO David Whitaker says the company wanted to help employees impacted negatively by the April 28 tornado. The Oklahoma-based health system is recovering from a 2013 tornado. Winston County […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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, […] [...]

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