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A Gulfport hospital is saving hundreds of endangered turtles

Imagine swallowing a hook with a large weight attached to it. Imagine spending months with that hook inside you while you try to carry on with your life. That happens to sea turtles on a regular basis when they take a fisherman’s bait. Lucky for them, there is someone here to help. Located on the industrial Canal in Gulfport, the ...

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New Petal children’s clinic welcomes Carden

Hattiesburg Clinic recently hired Nicole E. Carden, MD. at the newly opened Children’s Clinic — Petal. Carden provides care for children who are well and sick, from birth to young adulthood, and has a special interest in the management of asthma and allergy. Carden received her medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, and completed ...

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Merit Health River Oaks receives prestigious international award

Baby-Friendly USA recently announced that Merit Health River Oaks has received international recognition as a Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility. Albany, N.Y.-based Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing ...

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Gulfport Memorial elects medical staff officers

Gulfport Memorial recently elected Medical Staff Officers who will serve terms through 2020. Walter Surowiec, DO, was elected Chief of the Memorial Medical Staff. Surowiec is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He received his doctorate in osteopathic medicine from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. He completed his residency in general surgery ...

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Reeves joins Hattiesburg Clinic Psychiatry – Lincoln Center

Roy R. Reeves, DO, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Psychiatry – Lincoln Center. In his practice, he provides care to patients with psychiatric disorders and other related issues. He also is clinical director at South Mississippi State Hospital in Purvis. Reeves received his medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo. He completed an internship at Kirksville Osteopathic ...

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Howell named Employee of the Quarter at South Mississippi State Hospital

Jessica Howell was recently named South Mississippi State Hospital’s third quarter 2018 Employee of the Quarter. Howell joined SMSH in January 2016 as administrative assistant to the hospital director. She also assists in the Human Resources Department as well as in Risk Management. Howell is a Marion County native and graduated from Columbia High School. She has lived in Lamar ...

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Douglas joins Lincoln Road Family Medicine

Amy R. Douglas, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Lincoln Road Family Medicine. With more than two decades of experience in health care, Douglas provides comprehensive care to patients 18 and up. Douglas received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Southern Mississippi. She received a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from ...

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Mississippi youth obesity rate remains worst among states

New government data show Mississippi young people aren’t getting fatter, but remain the fattest nationwide. Among children aged 10-17, 26.1 percent were either obese in 2016-2017, That’s about level with the 26.2 percent based on 2016 data alone. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report last week analyzing data collected by a federal government survey. Nationwide, 15.8 percent of ...

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