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Doctors at UMMC complete state’s first pancreas transplant

December 12, 2013

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JACKSON, Mississippi – Building on the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s record of firsts, surgeons transplanted a pancreas and kidney into a 49-year-old man on Thursday night, marking the first such event for the state and final piece of UMMC’s abdominal transplant line. “Our goal has been to build a complete and high-functioning abdominal transplant […]

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State Attorney General Jim Hood hints at action against Blue Cross Blue Shield

November 12, 2013

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By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – As attorney general, Jim Hood has displayed a willingness to take on big business, whether Google, BP, major drug companies or Entergy, if he felt wrongdoing was occurring. Hood, a Democrat, sent word recently he is eying health insurance giant Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. “I have been […]

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Tupelo’s NMHS names Shane Spees as new president/CEO

November 7, 2013

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TUPELO, Mississippi — A national search for the new leader of North Mississippi Health Services netted a candidate that has strong ties to the Tupelo community. Shane Spees, a native of Tupelo who started his career in health care under the tutelage of Dan Wilford, a highly-respected and long-time administrator at North Mississippi Medical Center, […]

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Gov. Bryant may prefer Legislature instead of courts to face BlueCross

November 4, 2013

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By Bobby Harrison JACKSON, Mississippi – Gov. Phil Bryant may not be ending his battle with BlueCross & BlueShield, but instead may be moving the contest to a different venue – a political venue where he has more expertise – the Mississippi Legislature. Bryant, for whatever reason, decided last week he did not want to […]

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Back-to-back events bring crowds to Bay St. Louis

October 31, 2013

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Bay St. Louis businesses are enjoying back-to-back crowd-generating events this month. First it was the combined Cruisin’ the Coast and Second Saturday celebration Oct. 12. Saturday was the wind up of three days worth of vintage cars parading around to different venues. Restaurants, shops and hotels gave the popular annual event high marks. Last week, […]

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West Nile Virus takes life of third Mississippian in 2013

October 30, 2013

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West Nile disease is transmitted from birds to mosquitoes and finally to humans. It can be fatal and to date there is no cure.

JACKSON, Mississippi – According to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), the third Mississippian of 2013 has died of West Nile virus (WNV). The death occurred in a Forrest County resident who was a previously reported human case. The state total for 2013 is now 43 human cases, including three deaths. The other two […]

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Shutdown gives Obama unlikely ally: big business

October 2, 2013

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The Associated Press WASHINGTON  — Business leaders are taking sides with Democratic President Barack Obama after failing to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown. Obama, whose health care and regulatory agenda they have vigorously opposed, is embracing the business outreach, eager to employ groups like the U.S. Chamber of […]

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Ochsner Health System takes over Hancock Medical Center

September 18, 2013

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BAY ST. LOUIS — The operation of Hancock Medical Center is in the hands of Ochsner Health System for 90 days. The board of supervisors signed a contract with Ochsner to improve how the county-owned medical facility performs. Supervisors terminated the management contract with Quorum Health Resources, which had run the hospital for several years. […]

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Miss. lawmakers hear about BlueCross-HMA dispute

September 16, 2013

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Emily Wagster Pettus JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers say they hope the state’s second-largest hospital company and largest health insurer will resolve a financial dispute before patients lose care or facilities close. Health Management Associates, a Florida-based company that owns 10 Mississippi hospitals, sued Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi in June, saying that the […]

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UMMC names new physician workforce director

August 27, 2013

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Dr. John R. Mitchell of Pontotoc has been named the new director of the Mississippi Office of Physician Workforce, the organization whose duties include putting more primary care doctors to work in the state’s medically needy areas. Mitchell, a family physician, hospitalist with North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc and faculty member with the center’s […]

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