Posts Tagged ‘surgeons’

River Oaks physician performs new surgery for first time in state

FLOWOOD — River Oaks Hospital reports it is pioneering the use of a minimally invasive surgical device to treat the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Dr. Winston Capel, a neurosurgeon, has performed the state’s first SI joint fusion surgery at River Oaks Hospital using the minimally-invasive iFuse Implant System, according to the hospital. Capel, who according to […] [...]

Medicaid agency lobbies lawmakers for more funding

JACKSON — Efforts to hold the line on Mississippi’s Medicaid spending are getting more daunting. The state Medicaid agency told House members yesterday that without changes, it now needs almost $884 million for the budget year that begins July 1. That’s up from the $870 million that the agency had previously requested. Gov. Phil Bryant […] [...]

Budget writers looking at significant cut to Health Department funding

JACKSON — Legislative budget writers want to slash the state general fund appropriation for the state Department of Health to $20.7 million — the lowest level it has seen since 1990, when it received $20.3 million. That recommendation comes at a time when the state ranks first in the nation for adult obesity, teen birth […] [...]

Surgeon cleared on charge of growing marijuana

JACKSON COUNTY — Prosecutors have dropped all charges against former heart surgeon, who in 2009 was accused of growing marijuana on his 50-acre property in Jackson County. District Attorney Tony Lawrence said in a statement yesterday that Circuit Robert Krebs signed the order to dismiss Monday. David Bruce Allen was charged in February 2009 after […] [...]

Ex-surgeon gets jail time for writing illegal prescriptions

GULFPORT — A former Gulf Coast surgeon has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for writing and selling illegal prescriptions. In addition to the 135-month prison term, 43-year-old Je Song also was fined $10,000 by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden in Gulfport. The Sun Herald said a co-defendant — 41-year-old Oliver “Butch” […] [...]

Ex-doctor, accomplice to be sentenced for illegal prescriptions

STONE COUNTY — A former south Mississippi doctor and another man are scheduled for sentencing this week for selling pain pills and anxiety medicine to people without a legitimate medical exam. Authorities say Je Song, a former Stone County surgeon, wrote prescriptions that ended up in the hands of people he never examined, and in […] [...]

Batson dedicates new ER/trauma unit facility

JACKSON — Batson Children’s Hospital has dedicated its new Colonel Harland Sanders Children’s Emergency Department and the Selby and Richard McRae Children’s Trauma Unit, tripling the treatment area available for the state’s only Level 1 pediatric emergency and trauma center. Partially funded by individual $1-million gifts from the Colonel Harland Sanders and the Selby and […] [...]

Hospital drops Transcare, signs Lifecare

MACON — Noxubee General Hospital has switched to another ambulance service. WCBI-TV reports the hospital’s board of trustees allowed Transcare’s contract expire. The hospital has signed a new contract with Lifecare, a Carthage-based company. Hospital Administrator Danny McKay says Lifecare made a more competitive bid. McKay says Lifecare agreed to have two ambulances ready to […] [...]

Six defendants to plead guilty to trafficking drugs

GULFPORT — The last of six alleged middlemen accused in a prescription conspiracy case involving a former Stone County surgeon selling prescriptions for pain pills and anxiety medication intends to plead guilty in the case. That’s according to U.S. District Court records. Kevin Anderson was one of six accused in a federal indictment of obtaining […] [...]

Ex-surgeon to be sentenced for drug trafficking

GULFPORT — A Jan. 6 sentencing date has been set for a former Stone County surgeon who has pleaded guilty to selling prescriptions for pain pills and anxiety medication. A federal grand jury indicted 43-year-old Je Song in a 35-count indictment. Song has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. […] [...]

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