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Cochran urges peers to be cautious

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, yesterday cautioned the Senate about creating new programs, whether for healthcare, climate change or education, that are funded through automatic mandatory spending. In a speech to the Senate, Cochran addressed congressional spending practices, and stressed that the Congress could better control future spending by relying on ...

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Wesley voted tops by Health Insight

HATTIESBURG — Health Insight has ranked Wesley Medical Center number one among hospitals in Mississippi in Quality Measures for 2008. Health Insight calculates national rankings for hospitals using publicly reported data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare web site. The Hospital Compare data contains hospital-specific performance on 25 quality measures for over 4,200 hospitals nationwide. ...

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Memorial, Keesler form partnership

GULFPORT and BILOXI — Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi have joined in a unique partnership offering several medical subspecialties to Mississippi Gulf Coast residents for the first time. The Keesler facility and Memorial Hospital signed a training affiliation agreement in April 2009 for subspecialists in pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology to provide care for military ...

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Hospitals join QUEST program

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — More than 30 hospitals have joined the expansion of Premier’s QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative. Approximately 200 hospitals representing 31 states are now participating in this project, which is currently linking the two main goals of health reform proposals being considered by Congress — quality improvement and cost reduction. Developed in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare ...

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Study supports smoking ban

STARKVILLE — A Mississippi State University (MSU) study released Nov. 9 shows a 27 percent decrease in heart attacks among Starkville residents since the city passed a smoking ban in 2006. Researchers associated with the university report also are recommending a statewide public ban on smoking. The study by Robert McMillen and Dr. Robert Collins shows fewer heart attacks being ...

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Forrest General wins NRC award

HATTIESBURG — Forrest General Hospital has earned a 2009/2010 Consumer Choice Award from National Research Corporation (NRC). This award places Forrest General with other top hospitals across the country based on feedback from patients. Forrest General’s recognition is based on responses from primary healthcare decision makers in Forrest General’s service area who ranked Forrest General at the top of the ...

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Medical park construction to begin

PASCAGOULA — Singing River Health System (SRHS) will celebrate the beginning of construction of the 70,000-square-foot Singing River Medical Park with a ceremonial dirt dumping Nov. 5 beginning at 3 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the walking track east of Singing River Hospital on Denny Avenue in Pascagoula. The facility will house The Neuroscience Center, a medical laboratory, ...

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Workplace injuries/illnesses decline

Non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers in 2008 occurred at a rate of 3.9 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, a decline from 4.2 cases in 2007, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Similarly, the number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses reported in 2008 declined to 3.7 million cases, compared to four million cases in 2007. ...

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Health Department awards CONs

MERIDIAN and JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health has awarded certificates of need (CONs) to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 
Jackson and Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. University of Mississippi Medical Center has received CON authority for the renovation of the surgical short stay unit on the campus of the existing hospital in Jackson. ...

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Kosciusko doctor will carry Olympic torch

Kosciusko family doctor Timothy Alford will carry an Olympic torch at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver in February. Alford, 53, said the honor is both humbling and overwhelming. Alford was selected by Coca-Cola, a sponsor for the Olympic Torch Relay, in recognition of his dedication to promote healthy, active lifestyles and civic engagement in his community. An avid runner, ...

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