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Starks Elected as NAHU Secretary

Eugene Starks of Benefit Administration Services, Ltd., in Ridgeland has been elected Secretary to the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) Board of Trustees. Starks’ mission is to give individual members the tools they need to build strong local chapters that will create the solid foundation NAHU needs to deliver on national issues. Starks is a partner with BAS, a ...

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Mississippi has 1st West Nile virus death of 2017

Mississippi is reporting its first West Nile virus death for 2017. State Health Department officials say Monday that a person from Grenada County has died. Nine new cases of the virus were confirmed in Mississippi during the past week, including the person who died. Those bring the state total to 19 laboratory-confirmed cases this year. Forrest and Hinds counties each ...

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Eva Laughter receives aquatic therapy certification

Eva Laughter, DPT, a physical therapist at St. Dominic’s Outpatient Rehabilitation and Hand Management Center, recently became a certified aquatic therapist. The certification was awarded by the American Physical Therapy Association and demonstrates clinical competency in aquatic physical therapy for all types of patients. Laughter obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University, followed by a Doctorate of Physical ...

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Methodist Rehab Center names new chief nursing officer

Terri L. Meadows of Hazlehurst has joined the staff of Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson as Chief Nursing Officer. Meadows has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She was most recently chief nursing officer for Merit Health Madison in Canton. Meadows has a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a master’s of health science administration ...

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KEEPING IT TOGETHER — Large mergers take work, communication and similar cultures

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi has seen two big mergers of late that affect tens of thousands of employees, customers and patients. Baptist Medical Center of Jackson and Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis merged May 1 creating one of the largest healthcare providers in the mid-South — Baptist Memorial Health Care. And Metropolitan Bank merged with one of the biggest ...

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Disabled groups protest proposed Medicaid cuts

Mississippi groups that support people with disabilities are protesting plans to cut Medicaid as part of a proposed federal health care bill. The Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities held protests Thursday outside the Jackson offices of U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both Republicans. Members of the coalition say they believe plans to limit future growth in Medicaid ...

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Baptist Medical Center promotes Howie to Chief Nursing Officer, names Adkins to Nutrition and Bariatric Center Medical Director post

Brenda Howie, Ph.D., MSN, RN, NE-BC, has been promoted to the chief nursing officer of Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. The hospital also named Jonathan Adkins, MD, as the medical director for Baptist Nutrition and Bariatric Center. Since 2013, Howie has served as Baptist Medical Center’s vice president of nursing. As CNO, she will provide oversight to nearly 1,000 nurses ...

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Memorial Names First Quarter 2017 STAR Recipients

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport has named the recipients of the First Quarter 2017 STAR awards — Memorial’s highest honor for outstanding customer service. The recipients are, front row, from left: Bryant McCrary, MD, Pediatrician; Amy Walker, Radiology; Lindsey Green, Acute Care Administration. Middle row: Linda Benigno, Case Management; Jason Shoemaker, Same Day Admit/Post Procedures; Darlene Howard, Information Systems; Maria Gamboa, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Consensus perspective needed on Medicaid

Perspectives, hmmm.    “It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time,” wrote Isaac Asimov. “People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?”    A conservative Republican legislator, speaking about Medicaid cuts, ...

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