Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi State Department of Health’

State records second West Nile virus death of 2013

BOLIVAR COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health has reported a second death in the state from the West Nile Virus as well as four new human cases. Health officials say in a news release Tuesday that the death occurred in Bolivar County. The new reported cases occurred in Forrest, Hinds and Rankin counties. […] [...]

Mississippi Health Care Association turns 60

The Mississippi Health Care Association, established 60 years ago, is the state’s oldest and largest association of nursing homes, personal care homes and assisted living facilities. MHCA members care for the frail elderly, mentally disabled, veterans groups and residents who need minimum assistance with daily living. “We’re really pleased to be celebrating our 60th anniversary […] [...]

England succeeds Dobbs

Dr. Leslie England of Natchez has been appointed district health officer for Public Health District VII. Public Health District VII includes Adams, Amite, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Pike, Walthall and Wilkinson counties. England replaces Dr. Thomas Dobbs who is now the Mississippi State Department of Health’s state epidemiologist. England received his bachelor of science degree […] [...]

MSC: Original jurisdiction over CONs unconstitutional

A disagreement over a dialysis facility in North Mississippi ended up killing a law designed to streamline the certificate of need appeals process. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled June 21 that a 2011 law that provided for a direct appeal to that court in CON cases was unconstitutional. The ruling was in response to a […] [...]

Court: UMMC subject to CON law, with exceptions

A June 14 decision from the Mississippi Supreme Court pulled off the nearly impossible task of satisfying the opposing sides. There is a catch, though. The high court found that the law governing the certificate of need process — which the Mississippi State Department of Health uses to approve or disapprove medically related projects – […] [...]

Bryant criminalizes Jackson Women’s Health Organization

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday signed a law that will put new regulations on the state’s only abortion clinic, starting July 1. The Republican said he’s not bothered by the possibility that the clinic’s owner will sue to try to block the new mandates. “If it closes that clinic, then so be […] [...]

MSDH chooses Richardson

Dr. Dionne Richardson has been appointed to the position of director of dental services at the Mississippi State Department of Health. Richardson, a New Orleans native, said her top priority would be creating an action plan for oral health in Mississippi. Prior to her arrival at MSDH, Richardson served as the director of oral health […] [...]

Saucier named chief nurse

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) congratulates Cindy Saucier, RN, BSN, of Saucier on her recent appointment to chief nurse for the Coastal/Plains Public Health District IX. The six-county Coastal/Plains Public Health District area includes Pearl River, Stone, George, Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. Saucier received her associate’s degree in nursing from Mississippi Gulf […] [...]

Methodist wins CON to build in Olive Branch

After years of wrangling, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has been given the green light to build a new 100-bed acute care hospital in Olive Branch. On July 29 at the regularly scheduled Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) monthly Certificate of Need (CON) meeting, state health officer Mary Currier, MD, gave her stamp of approval […] [...]

Byers named acting state epidemiologist

Dr. Paul Byers has been named Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) acting state epidemiologist. The position was previously held by State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. “Dr. Byers has worked in public health for more than 15 years, and we’ve worked side-by-side for several years in the epidemiology office,” said Dr. Mary Currier. “During […] [...]

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