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Standard & Poor’s: Prospects For Small Hospitals Better

SAN FRANCISCO—While not-for-profit small hospitals have improved their operations in the past year, speculative-grade health care providers in the U.S. continue to face many challenges, according to Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services reports. Lower-rated providers face such challenges as operating losses, weak demographics, limited business position, high debt, and low liquidity. Additionally, they often have aging facilities that require high ...

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CDC report: Health Department makes improvements

JACKSON — A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) making progress in building and strengthening its public health emergency preparedness and response capabilities. The report, “Public Health Preparedness: Strengthening the Nation’s Emergency Response State by State,” presents data on a broad range of preparedness and response activities ...

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Health Department awards CONs to hospitals

STARKVILLE and JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued certificates of need (CONs) to two hospitals for construction projects. Oktibbeha County Hospital (d/b/a OCH Regional Medical Center) in was awarded a CON for a cost overrun of CON #R-0811, authorizing the construction of a medical office building. The additional capital expenditure is $596,076, and the total capital ...

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King's Daughters building new healthcare facility

BROOKHAVEN — Work is underway in Brookhaven on a new healthcare facility that King’s Daughters Medical Center officials expect will provide more convenient and quicker services for patients in need. KDMC CEO Alvin Hoover tells The Daily Leader that the hospital purchased the property several years ago and it surfaced as an option for a new clinic. Hoover said the ...

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Hospital drops opposition to new cath lab

NATCHEZ — Natchez Community Hospital has dropped its opposition to the opening of a catheterization lab at Natchez Regional Medical Center. NCH CEO Donny Rentfro tells The Natchez Democrat that an appeal would have been lengthy and expensive. He says NCH wants the best healthcare available to the community. NRMC expects final approval from state health officials in October. Cardiologist ...

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Chaney talks healthcare reform with Obama

WASHINGTON — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney was in Washington yesterday to meet with the Obama Administration to discuss the healthcare law. A news release from his office says Chaney will be among several insurance commissioners from other states attending the meeting. Earlier this week, Chaney told the Joint Legislative Budget Committee he was going to Washington, and he said ...

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Transcript Pharmacy makes Inc. 5000

JACKSON — Transcript Pharmacy has landed on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing privately owned businesses in America for the third year in a row. President Cliff Osbon attributes the honor to loyal support from practitioners, patients and other health care industry workers, as well as his company’s high-touch patient model. In addition to being highlighted on the list, ...

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SMSH expands service into four more counties

PURVIS — The Mississippi Department of Mental Health has revised the psychiatric services catchment areas for Mississippi State Hospital in Whitfield and South Mississippi State Hospital (SMSH) in Purvis. Effective immediately, the catchment area for SMSH will include Hancock, Harrison, Stone and Pearl River counties in addition to the nine counties the Purvis facility currently serves. Since it’s opening in ...

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Taylor signs petition to repeal healthcare reform

WASHINGTON — Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) is a cosponsor of HR 4972, the bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the healthcare reform bill. He signed the discharge petition to bring HR 4972 to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote to repeal the bill that became law March 23. A discharge petition ...

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Smith replacing Silverman as CEO at CMMC

JACKSON — Scott Smith, a veteran hospital executive who has led hospitals in Mississippi and Louisiana, will become the new CEO at Central Mississippi Medical Center later this month. This announcement follows the Sept. 1 appointment of Glen Silverman, current leader of Central Mississippi Medical Center, as CEO of Madison County Medical Center in Canton and of the future Madison ...

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