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KEEPING IT TOGETHER — Large mergers take work, communication and similar cultures

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi has seen two big mergers of late that affect tens of thousands of employees, customers and patients. Baptist Medical Center of Jackson and Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis merged May 1 creating one of the largest healthcare providers in the mid-South — Baptist Memorial Health Care. And Metropolitan Bank merged with one of the biggest ...

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Disabled groups protest proposed Medicaid cuts

Mississippi groups that support people with disabilities are protesting plans to cut Medicaid as part of a proposed federal health care bill. The Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities held protests Thursday outside the Jackson offices of U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both Republicans. Members of the coalition say they believe plans to limit future growth in Medicaid ...

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Baptist Medical Center promotes Howie to Chief Nursing Officer, names Adkins to Nutrition and Bariatric Center Medical Director post

Brenda Howie, Ph.D., MSN, RN, NE-BC, has been promoted to the chief nursing officer of Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. The hospital also named Jonathan Adkins, MD, as the medical director for Baptist Nutrition and Bariatric Center. Since 2013, Howie has served as Baptist Medical Center’s vice president of nursing. As CNO, she will provide oversight to nearly 1,000 nurses ...

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Memorial Names First Quarter 2017 STAR Recipients

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport has named the recipients of the First Quarter 2017 STAR awards — Memorial’s highest honor for outstanding customer service. The recipients are, front row, from left: Bryant McCrary, MD, Pediatrician; Amy Walker, Radiology; Lindsey Green, Acute Care Administration. Middle row: Linda Benigno, Case Management; Jason Shoemaker, Same Day Admit/Post Procedures; Darlene Howard, Information Systems; Maria Gamboa, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Consensus perspective needed on Medicaid

Perspectives, hmmm.    “It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time,” wrote Isaac Asimov. “People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?”    A conservative Republican legislator, speaking about Medicaid cuts, ...

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Employees Honored for Service at Mississippi State Hospital

Mississippi State Hospital recently honored employees with June anniversaries for their years of service to the hospital, beginning with one year and followed by every fifth anniversary year. Employees receive a Certificate of Appreciation and a Service Award Pin. The program is sponsored by Friends of Mississippi State Hospital Inc. Recipients include, first row, from left, Dr. Susan Taylor of ...

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Sole insurer in Mississippi insurance exchange faces tax credit fate

By JACK WEATHERLY All 82 Mississippi counties will have only one insurer in the federal marketplace in 2018 as things stand now. Humana will pull out at the end of this year. The premiums for Ambetter of Magnolia, the sole insurer in the state, have yet to be finalized but they present “no staggering increase,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney. ...

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University of Mississippi to purchase property from Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi

The University of Mississippi and Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi have announced they have reached a purchase and sale agreement for the existing hospital property located at 2301 South Lamar Blvd. The acquisition of the property will allow the university to address current space allocation challenges as well as future growth needs. “The university is always examining how best to nurture and ...

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Rush Health Systems to cut more than 100 workers

A Mississippi hospital system is cutting more than 100 employees, saying it needs to reduce costs because of lower reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid and other insurers. Meridian-based Rush Health Systems has 2,800 employees across seven hospitals and multiple clinics. It announced the cuts Tuesday, saying it must “dramatically reduce” expenses. The private, nonprofit system tells local media that it’s trying ...

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Parsell joins Mississippi Sports Medicine as research director

Dr. Douglas E. Parsell recently joined Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Jackson as its first-ever research director. The 17 physicians and seven fellows at Mississippi Sports Medicine currently research with frequency and pave the way for surgical innovations. The addition of a research director is a strategic move to optimally leverage the combined experience and expertise of MSM’s ...

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