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Madison hospital one of few to be opening

CANTON — Madison County Medical Center (MCMC) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony last week to share the plans for the region’s newest hospital. The completed facility will house 67 beds and feature over 100,000 square feet, including an emergency department, intensive care unit, women’s service center and nursery, surgery and imaging centers, pharmacy, physical therapy center and much more.  “This groundbreaking ...

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Breaking through the red tape

Insurance agent and cancer survivor has found way to help clients with medical bills   She’s been a breast cancer survivor for 25 years, and in the insurance business for 16 years, so it’s safe to say Kay Rhett has seen a lot of medical bills. “I sell cancer policies and major medical, and I’ve been filing cancer claims for ...

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Rural healthcare is at a premium

Hospitals are struggling during difficult times In these tough economic times, many businesses are struggling. Hospitals are not exempt from those struggles. At the National Rural Hospital Association’s Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Conference in Portland, Ore., last October, John Gale, a research associate with the Maine Rural Health Research Center, spoke about how not-for-profit and public CAH’s are accountable to ...

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Barnes helps home health nurses

More and more folks are coming out of retirement to help fill the need in the nursing ranks With hospital stays now shorter and shorter, even for patients undergoing major surgery, home care services have become invaluable to many. “Fifteen years ago, a patient having gall bladder surgery would be in the hospital a week or more,” said Ann Barnes, ...

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Hospital wars

River Oaks, St. Dominic’s do battle over second Madison hospital Madison County is finally getting a new hospital. And if St. Dominic’s Health Services gets its way, the county will be getting two. The state Health Department will conduct hearings for the facility this week. A spokesperson for the Health Department said it will be at least four months before a ...

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Panel rules FEMA should pay hospital

NEW ORLEANS — An arbitration panel ruled yesterday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency must pay almost half a billion dollars to replace the hospital that served New Orleans’ poor before it was heavily damaged in Hurricane Katrina. The decision ended a long-running dispute between the state and the federal agency, which argued that damage to Charity Hospital was not ...

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Health Partners joins Today's Options

JACKSON — Universal American Corp. announced that Mississippi Health Partners of Jackson has agreed to participate in its network of healthcare providers for the Today’s Options PPO plan. “One of the reasons we decided to partner with Today’s Options PPO plan is the plan’s emphasis on prevention and wellness for people on Medicare,” said James A. Fuzy, president and CEO ...

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Swine flu claims another life

DESOTO COUNTY — Since August 29, 2009, the beginning of the 2009-2010 flu season, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports 22 influenza-related deaths in Mississippi. The latest death is a female child in DeSoto County. Since the beginning of flu season, deaths have been reported in Jones (four), Jackson (two), Tate (two), Washington (two), Alcorn, Covington, DeSoto, Hancock, ...

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Supreme Court declines nursing home case

CLEVELAND — The Mississippi Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a Tennessee company rebuffed in its efforts to move 75 skilled nursing home beds from Cleveland to DeSoto County. The state Court of Appeals had ruled last April for the City of Cleveland in the dispute. The Appeals Court reversed a 2008 ruling by DeSoto County judge ...

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Judge throws out discrimination lawsuit

GREENWOOD — A federal judge has dismissed a discrimination lawsuit against Greenwood Leflore Hospital and Leflore County Supervisor Robert Moore. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock said yesterday there was not enough evidence to connect Moore to the hospital board’s decision to fire George Dulin, the longtime white attorney for the hospital. The 84-year-old Dulin tells The Greenwood Commonwealth that he ...

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