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Baptist welcomes new OB/GYN to staff

Laura Marion, MD, OB/GYN, has joined the staff of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle at the Physician and Surgeons Clinic in Columbus. Originally from Amory, Marion is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Mississippi with a bachelor of arts in biology. She graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson in 2012 and completed her ...

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New activities director hired at Covington Ridge and Magnolia Place Retirement Homes

Crystal Neal of Collins was recently hired as Activities Director at Coving Ridge Retirement Home in Collins and Magnolia Place Retirement Home in Sumrall. Neal will manage the calendar at both facilities. She will coordinate all the many activities, events, games, and arts and crafts. Neal has also worked with in the ministry for many years with her family. Neal’s ...

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Mississippi tobacco tax increase remains up in the air

A pack of Marlboros at a convenience store near the Mississippi Capitol costs about $4.99, which includes tax. If the Legislature chooses one possible option for a cigarette tax increase, the same pack could run $5.31. For a person who smokes a pack a day, that’s a difference of nearly $115 every year. The push for a Mississippi tobacco tax ...

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USM Online Nursing and MBA Programs highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report

The University of Southern Mississippi’s online Nursing and Master of Business Administration programs have received high rankings by the U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report ranks online degree programs according to student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. The online nursing program has been ranked #58 in Best ...

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Senate keeps alive possibility of increasing cigarette tax

JACKSON – The Senate leadership is keeping alive the option of increasing the cigarette tax. Wednesday was the deadline to pass revenue bills, such as tax increases, out of at least one chamber of the Mississippi Legislature. While the Senate did not vote to increase the cigarette tax, it did pass a bill with four dissenting votes that contains the ...

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Mississippi doc named chief medical office for Molina

Mississippi doc named chief medical office for Molina Molina Healthcare has tapped a Mississippi physician to served as the chief medical officer for its Mississippi operations. Jackson area family physician Dr. Thomas Joiner will be responsible for overseeing the clinical operations, including utilization management, case management and quality improvement for Molina Healthcare of Mississippi, which won a contract last year ...

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Soto Joins Hattiesburg Clinic Critical Care Medicine

Eduardo Soto, MD, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Critical Care Medicine, where he provides treatment to patients with life-threatening medical problems. Soto received his medical degree from Universidad de Ciencias Medicas de Centro America in Costa Rica. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in critical care medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn. ...

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Sarah Link earns Certified Association Executive credential

Sarah Link, Associate Executive Director of the Mississippi Optometric Association has earned the Certified Association Executive designation. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the American Society of Association Executives industry. To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have a minimum of three years experience with nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours ...

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Margaret Chester of Greenwood named 2018 Paraoptometric of the South by Southern Council of Optometrists

Margaret Chester of Greenwood is the 2018 Paraoptometric of the South, an annual award given by the Southern Council of Optometrists (SECO) to recognize an outstanding paraoptometric. Chester, CPOC, CPOA, the Practice Business Coordinator for The Eye Station of Greenwood is also the Mississippi Optometric Association’s (MOA) 2017 Beverly Roberts Paraoptometric of the Year. Paraoptometrics are health care professionals who ...

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Memorial Hospital Auxiliary officers

Gary Fredericks, Memorial Board of Trustees Secretary, administered the Oath of Office to induct the 2018 Auxiliary Officers. The officers are, from left, Ellen Lindsey, President; Bill Matheny, Vice President; June Magnusen, Parliamentarian; and Judy Crim, Secretary. Not pictured are Sandra Morrison, Treasurer and Joanne Vicory, Corresponding Secretary. (Courtsey of Memorial Hospital)

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