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Nurse practitioners fill void in state health care

The number of nurse practitioners is increasing in Mississippi. Their role in health care is also increasing as these highly trained nursing professionals are specializing and giving patients a higher level of care. According to Gayle Harrell, president of the Mississippi Nurses Association, there are 3,300 advanced practicing nurses and approximately 2,800 to 2,900 of those are nurse practitioners. “Most ...

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A game-changer in the game of life

Mississippi is once again at the forefront of cardiovascular medicine with the significant milestone of the country’s first drug eluting bioabsorbable vascular scaffold placed in the heart artery of a patient at the North Mississippi Medical Center Heart Institute in late December 2012. The device for opening blocked arteries to restore blood flow to the heart is similar to a ...

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Hospital helicopter transports are saving lives

Transporting critically ill or injured patients by helicopter from hospital to hospital or from the scene of an accident is commonplace in Mississippi’s urban centers and rural communities. Today about a dozen helicopters operate in Mississippi, flying heart transplant recipients, accident victims and premature babies to lifesaving care. The service is available throughout the state and the helicopters are based ...

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The color you eat can keep you healthier

How many times growing up did your mom tell you to eat your vegetables whether you liked them or not? Perhaps you had to clean your plate before you were excused from the table, too. Now that you are an adult you realize that your mom was trying to promote healthy eating. New information is always coming out about how ...

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CREATE ‘about quality of life’

The 40-year-old nonprofit CREATE Foundation has experienced tremendous growth in the last eight years, when its assets more than doubled from $30 million to about $64.5 million at the end of 2012. Driving the growth is Toyota’s $50-million endowment as well as CREATE’s successful challenge grant matches in the 17-county region where the nonprofit is engaged. “It’s kind of phenomenal,” ...

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MDA’s Marlo Dorsey faces biggest marketing task in the state

Marlo Dorsey, who stepped into the job as chief marketing director of the Mississippi Development Authority in early December, has hit the ground running in a job that remained vacant for more than a year. That has led to a backlog of demand for decisions on how to best market Mississippi. “Now, every time I see someone at MDA, people ...

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Banks can assist small businesses with a variety of services, programs

Banks can be small business owners’ best friends, providing a range of services, advice and a shoulder to lean on. The definition of a small business can vary, depending on how much activity a business runs through a bank, according to Art Stevens, president of retail banking for Trustmark National Bank. “Accounts can trigger based on activity. Lots of banks ...

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Serving the state’s quiet wealth

The expansion of investment banking firm Chaffe & Associates from its base in New Orleans into Jackson in 2011 was a natural extension of its business that provides services in three main areas — valuations, merger and acquisitions and financial institutions. “The New Orleans and Jackson markets are similar in that they are populated with private companies, and there are ...

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The money’s there, but small businesses put borrowing aside

Bankers say they have the money to lend small businesses but they see owners staying on the sidelines rather than borrowing. Chevis Swetman, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of The Peoples Bank in Biloxi, neatly sums up small business owners’ hesitancy: “Three little words: Fear, uncertainty and doubt.” The Peoples Bank has 16 branches in four coastal ...

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