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Settlement proposed in Pascagoula hospital pension lawsuit

PASCAGOULA — A settlement has been proposed in a lawsuit brought by several retirees against Pascagoula’s Singing River Health System when the pension plan was almost terminated last year. Local media outlets report the agreement says the health system will contribute $142 million to the floundering pension fund between 2016 and 2051. The county would give the system $13.6 million ...

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Merit Health Community campus in Natchez to close Nov. 11

NATCHEZ — The Merit Health network is closing its community campus in Natchez next month. The Nov. 11 closure comes as Merit Health Natchez finalizes a planned consolidation of the Natchez hospital market. Officials said this week the last day any new patients will be admitted to the Merit Health Natchez – Community Campus will be Nov. 8. Starting Nov. ...

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HEALTHCARE FOCUS — Breast thermal imaging an alternative for women who want radiation-free screening

By BECKY GILLETTE The effectiveness of mammograms has come under increased scrutiny in recent years because of studies that have shown about half of women aged 40 to 50 having an annual screening mammogram for ten years will have a false alarm, which leads to an estimated $4 billion per year in unnecessary follow-up testing. Another 20 percent of mammograms over ...

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FOCUS ON HEALTHCARE — Southern Miss nursing student excels while battling breast cancer

The cancerous cells in Corey Auerswald’s body could not hold down the willpower of her spirit. The joy in Auerswald’s spirit when people see or speak to her is contagious, touching people wherever she goes. Auerswald is now in her second semester in The University of Southern Mississippi nursing program, working to complete the rigorous nurse anesthetist program. She hopes ...

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ALAN TURNER — Caring for the baby boomer generation

By ALAN TURNER Continuing our look at the explosive growth of the health care sector in America, it’s important to consider the whole issue of senior care as it relates to the retirement and aging of the baby boom generation. In the prior segment on the future of health care, we looked at the growth of health care in the ...

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Hancock opening Nashville office as part of beefed up medical lending

GULFPORT — Hancock Holding Co., parent of Hancock and Whitney banks, is increasing its healthcare lending along the Gulf coast and opening a loan office in Nashville to meet the capital needs of a booming medical sector in the Tennessee capital. The $21 billion Hancock Bank said in a press release Tuesday that the new lending focus is a response ...

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Venyu starting work on data center, UMMC telehealth headquarters

By TED CARTER A little more than a year after announcing plans for a Jackson data center, Baton Rogue’s Venyu Solutions is set to begin converting the former McRae’s Department Store on Meadowbrook Road into the technology company’s fourth data storage and cloud-based data center. “We plan to open about this time next year,” Tommy Curb, executive vice president of business ...

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LOUANN LOFTON — A complicated look at modern American medicine

The state of medicine in America today leaves something to be desired, whether you’re a patient or a physician. In his eye-opening second book, Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist and heart failure specialist, details the way things stand, explains how we got here, and describes what it means to be a doctor in ...

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