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MDEQ lifts water contact advisory for Coast beach

LONG BEACH — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted the water contact advisory issued Sept. 19 for a stretch of beach in Harrison County. The advisory was lifted for Station 7A in Long Beach, which runs from Oak Gardens Avenue east to S. Girard Avenue. Water samples […] [...]

Ex-Health Department worker sentenced for embezzling

JACKSON — Authorities say a former employee of the Mississippi Department of Health was sentenced yesterday to one year of house arrest after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $23,000. State Auditor Stacey Pickering, in a news release, said that David Kweller, a former employee in the Professional Licensure Division, was sentenced in Hinds County […] [...]

MDEQ issues water contact advisory on Coast beach

LONG BEACH — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued a water contact advisory for a sampling station in Harrison County. This segment of beach is not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in this area. The stretch of beach is […] [...]

Hospital to look for buyer with ‘stalking horse’ bid

NATCHEZ — Natchez Regional Medical Center will seek a “stalking horse” bid in which a potential buyer makes an initial offer to set the floor for an auction. Hospital officials tell The Natchez Democrat that three health care providers have agreed to participate. “We are hopeful that within a matter of weeks we will have […] [...]

FAA looking into crash of medical helicopter; pilot injured

CANTON — Federal authorities are investigating the emergency landing of a medical helicopter. The MedStat EMS Inc. helicopter was damaged while landing east of Canton Thursday night, reports WJTV-T. The pilot injured his back in the crash and was transported by a University of Mississippi Medical Center helicopter. The CEO of Winona-based MedStat says another […] [...]

After resigning, health care CEO to stay on as consultant

TUPELO — John Heer, who last month resigned as president of North Mississippi Health Services, will remain a consultant with the organization. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the agreement keeps Heer with the health care group through Aug. 31, 2014. Other managers will lead the company while a search is conducted for a […] [...]

Health Department confirms second West Nile virus death; five new cases

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the second West Nile virus (WNV) death for 2013, as well as five new human cases. The death occurred in Forrest County and was a previously reported case. The new human cases were reported in Adams, Forrest, Lamar, Pike and Rankin counties, bringing the […] [...]

West Nile virus cases hit 30; LaCrosse encephalitis confirmed

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting three new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2013. The reported cases are in Hinds, Jones, and Madison counties, bringing the state total for 2013 to 30 cases, including one death. So far this year, cases have been reported in Bolivar, […] [...]

Hospital system expects millions in losses from federal cuts

HATTIESBURG — The Forrest Health hospital system is expecting its first red ink since 2007. The projected $2.5 million loss for fiscal 2014 is from federal cuts, including payments for uninsured patients, CEO Evan Dillard told The Hattiesburg American. Forrest General alone is expected to lose $3.7 in such “disproportionate share” payments, he said in […] [...]

Nurses to plead guilty to roles in cancer center fraud

JACKSON — Federal court records say two nurses will plead guilty to withholding information about a crime at a former south Mississippi cancer clinic that prosecutors said was involved in a multimillion-dollar fraud related to chemotherapy treatments. Brittany Davis Powell and Courtney Michelle Young were charged with misprision of a felony on Aug. 22 in […] [...]

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