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Mississippi medical center receives record obesity grant

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has been awarded a record-high grant to study obesity, one of the state’s most pressing health issues. Medical center officials said in a news release Thursday that it will receive $19.9 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health to fund the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research. The new center ...

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Analysis: Mental health lawsuit was a long time coming

When the U.S. Justice Department sued Mississippi last week over adult mental health services, it might as well have delivered the legal papers with a neon yellow sticky note saying: We told you this was coming. The Justice Department has sued about a dozen states over the way they provide services for people with mental illnesses, and Mississippi Attorney General ...

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Dedication recognized

The Memorial Board of Trustees and Memorial Administration recognized and honored the Auxiliary with a resolution and plaque for their hard work and dedication to Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. The plaque, listing all Auxiliary donations, was placed in the hospital lobby hallway. Pictured are, from left, Lucy Hazeur, Auxiliary Vendor Chair; Carrolyn Hamilton, Chairman, Memorial Board of Trustees; Kathie G. ...

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Nguyen joins MHA

Monica Nguyen recently joined the Mississippi Hospital Association’s Education Foundation as project manager for the Mississippi Center for Quality and Workforce. She holds a B.S. in biochemistry and an MBA from Millsaps College in Jackson and a Master’s in Biomedical Science from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Previously, she worked at St. Dominic’s Hospital as a medical ...

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Hess wins quarterly honor

Karl Hess was recently named South Mississippi State Hospital’s second quarter 2016 Employee of the Quarter. He began working at the hospital in Purvis as an RN in May 2006 and left briefly in 2012 to work at the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System. Hess returned in September 2013 as the Risk Management Director in charge of security ...

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Feds, state still in talks about exchange insurer replacement

By JACK WEATHERLY  As of Monday, the federal government had not certified another health insurer for the Mississippi insurance exchange, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said. The months-long effort to gain certification of the insurer is facing increasing pressure as UnitedHealthcare will pull its coverage from the exchange at the end of the year. Chaney said in an interview that ...

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Friends of Children’s pledges $20 million toward $100 million goal

By JACK WEATHERLY A pledge totaling $10 million from Joe and Kathy Sanderson to the Friends of Children’s Hospital has been matched – times two. The Sanderson Farms chairman and chief executive and his wife made their pledge to the Friends campaign in April and on Tuesday the organization doubled that, promising to raise $20 million during the next 10 years ...

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Allen joins Memorial Clinic

Memorial Physician Clinics in Gulfport welcomes Summer Allen, MD, has joined Memorial Physicians Clinic, Gulf Coast Pulmonary Consultants, in Gulfport in the practice of pulmonary diseases. Allen received her medical degree, completed her Internal Medicine residency, and Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She is board certified in Pulmonology and Internal Medicine.

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Forrest General Residents

Forrest General Hospital recently welcomed its third class of three-year residents into the Forrest General Family Medicine Residency Program. These doctors will practice at the Forrest General Hospital Family Medicine Center in the Hattiesburg Clinic and will rotate through many different departments throughout the program. The residents have an inpatient service allowing them to admit patients into the hospital as ...

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Crawford joins Clinic

Virginia M. Crawford, MD, was recently named to direct the Hattiesburg Clinic’s new Weight Management Department. Crawford provides specialized care to patients with a specific measurement of body mass. Her goal is to improve health by addressing excess weight as a chronic disease. Crawford obtained her medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson. She completed ...

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