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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi back on bottom in senior health rankings

Mississippi is getting older. No, this is not about our Bicentennial, but our people.    Since 1980 Mississippi’s total population increased 18.5 percent but the population of residents aged 65 and older jumped 43.3 percent.  This pushed the median age up from 27.6 years in 1980 to 36.5 years in 2015. Over that time, the percentage of population aged 65 and older moved from ...

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Martin joins Hattiesburg Clinic Physical Therapy

Olivia C. Martin, PT, DPT, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Physical Therapy. Martin received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from The University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences in Saint Augustine, Fla., and her Bachelor of Science from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

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Ingram named Employee of the Quarter at South Mississippi State Hospital

Melanie Ingram was recently named South Mississippi State Hospital’s first quarter 2017 Employee of the Quarter. Ingram first came to SMSH in Purvis as a music therapy intern in 2011 and was hired as an active treatment technician following her internship. She began as a full-time recreational therapist in October 2012 upon her accreditation as a certified music therapist. A ...

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Forrest General honors Nurses of the Year

Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg recently recognized its nurses during National Nurses Week celebrations. Those honored, from left, are Darcy Nettles, RN, case management, Non-Clinical Nurse of the Year; Lance Broome, RN, surgery, Clinical Nurse of the Year; and Gladys Wolff, RN, director of Critical Care and Telemetry, Nurse Leader of the Year

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Baptist names Bobbie K. Ware as new CEO of Baptist Medical Center

Bobbie K. Ware, has been named chief executive officer of Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. In 2007, Ware was promoted to Mississippi Baptist Health Systems chief nursing officer. Along with those duties, she was promoted to the Baptist Medical Center chief operating officer in 2016. Ware’s newly created position mirrors the leadership structure of hospitals affiliated with Memphis, Tennessee-based Baptist ...

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Medical board severs ties with executive director John Hall

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure decided not to renew its contract with Dr. John Hall, its executive director, on  May 18, less than a year after Hall brought his aggressive style to bear on physicians’ sexual behavior with patients. “I’d like to think I did some good,” Hall said in an interview on May 19. “We did ...

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SRHS Foundation helping ‘the neediest of the needy’

By ALEXIS WILLIAMS Recently, a gentleman receiving hospice services from Singing River Health System, was living his final days by candlelight. This circumstance was not by choice, but because he could not afford to reconnect his electricity and pay his electric bill. Fortunately, the Singing River Health System Foundation stepped in, helped him reconnect his power and ultimately helped him ...

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Forrest General Hospital earns top rankings for medical care

By BECKY GILLETTE Forrest General Hospital, a 512-bed facility that serves a 19-county region, recently racked up a number of prestigious quality awards, including ranking in the top 100 hospitals nationwide for patient safety in overall medical care. The awards and rankings were presented by CareChex, an information service of Quantros, Inc. that provides a composite evaluation of all components ...

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Forrest General honors volunteers with appreciation luncheon

Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg recently hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, and Edith West, hospice, left, and Virginia McFatter, hospital, right, each received their 20-year volunteer awards. Other volunteer award recipients were: 10 Years: Joan Davis, Kay Stephens and Marie Sykes; 10 Years: Bea Cathey, Olivia Pigford, Patricia Brewer, Ina Carlton, Marcia Feagans and Danny Newell; 2 Years: Lottie ...

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