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Ole Miss grad named chair of world’s leading type 1 diabetes organization

Ridgeland resident Ellen Leake has been named chair of the JDRF International Board of Directors (IBOD). JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. To date, JDRF has committed more than $2 billion in research funding to cure, prevent, and treat type 1 diabetes. As chair of the JDRF IBOD, Leake will lead local chapters throughout ...

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Singing River Health System selects new chief executive officer

The Singing River Health System Board of Trustees has selected Lee Bond as the system’s new Chief Executive Officer. Bond joined Singing River in 2013 in the Finance Department, later becoming Chief Financial Officer where he was instrumental in helping lead the system’s financial turnaround. He has served as the health system’s Chief Operating Officer since 2016. Prior to joining ...

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Bartran joins Hattiesburg Clinic Weight Management

Lori H. Bartran, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Weight Management. Bartran works with patients who are dealing with weight issues to provide treatment and help them implement strategies for lifelong management of their condition. Bartran received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi in Jackson, and a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of ...

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Forrest General Healthcare Foundation announces inductees for 2018 Doctors’ Hall of Fame

The Forrest General Healthcare Foundation has chosen four for induction into the Doctors’ Hall of Fame, which honors physicians who have contributed to the improvement of health care in Hattiesburg and at Forrest General Hospital. This year’s inductees: Nagen Bellare, M.D., who died in March 2017, began medical school at Bangalore Medical College in Bangalore, India, at age 16. He ...

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Any doctor on board? US surgeon general gives aid on plane

When the call went out for a doctor on board, the U.S. surgeon general says he gladly stepped in to help with a medical emergency on a commercial flight. Dr. Jerome Adams, an anesthesiologist, said he assisted someone on a Delta Air Lines jet as he prepared to fly Wednesday to Jackson, Mississippi. Adams tweeted that a call went out ...

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Todd Joins The Pediatric Clinic

Leslie M. Todd, CNP, recently joined The Pediatric Clinic, a service of Hattiesburg Clinic. Todd received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Southern Mississippi, where she also obtained her Master of Science in Nursing. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and has a special practice interest ...

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University hospital to drop top Mississippi private insurer

Mississippi’s largest hospital says it will stop accepting policies from the state’s largest private insurer, citing contract dissatisfaction. The University of Mississippi Medical Center tells Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi that it will stop accepting policies after June 30. The medical center has hospitals in Jackson, Grenada and Lexington. It says it can no longer abide a contract ...

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ERIC DYESS: Is sugar really as toxic as fat, cholesterol?

For those who watched the episode on “60 Minutes” entitled “Sugar Toxic”, you might be mortified to ever drink another soda or add that carcinogen-laced sugar packet to your latte tomorrow. Maybe you should. As a physician involved with lipoprotein metabolism (think “cholesterol disorders”) for more than 25 years, my immediate reaction to the idea that it is sugar and ...

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MRC names Employees of the Year

Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson has named its Employees of the Year for 2017. Veronica Taylor of Pearl was named Clinical Services Employee of the Year. She serves as a physical therapist for the hospital’s Stroke Recovery Program. Nickey Ray of Canton was named Support Services Employee of the Year. He serves as senior maintenance mechanic for the hospital. Brad ...

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Sorrells joins Hattiesburg Clinic Dialysis

Sharon “Sheri” D. Sorrells, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Dialysis. Sorrells provides care for patients with stage 5 kidney disease at the department’s various satellite units throughout the region. Sorrells received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark., and a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. ...

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