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Johnson Construction awarded hospital contracts

BRANDON — Johnson Construction has recently been awarded three construction contracts for various projects at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The first is a $3.3-million contract for the 14,000-square-foot renovation of the Adult Short Stay Surgical Suites. Johnson Construction was also awarded a $4.6-million contract regarding the pediatric emergency department. The newly renovated and expanded Pediatric ICU and Emergency ...

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State may expand nurse practitioners' authority

JACKSON — With a looming shortage of primary care doctors, 28 states, including Mississippi, are considering expanding the authority of nurse practitioners. These nurses with advanced degrees want the right to practice without a doctor’s watchful eye and to prescribe narcotics. And if they hold a doctorate, they want to be called “doctor.” For years, nurse practitioners have been playing ...

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Healthcare lawsuit could be filed next month

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour says it will probably be mid-May when he joins a multi-state lawsuit challenging a federal health care overhaul. More than a dozen other states have already joined the federal suit filed by Florida. Republican Barbour originally asked Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood to represent Mississippi. Hood said April 9 that Barbour could hire a private ...

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St Dominic, UnitedHealthcare extend agreement

JACKSON — UnitedHealthcare recently renewed and extended its relationship with St. Dominic Hospital that continues the hospital system’s participation in the UnitedHealthcare network. The new agreement gives UnitedHealthcare commercial health plan and Mississippi Children’s Health Insurance Program participants continued, in-network access to St. Dominic’s healthcare services. Glen Golemi, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Gulf States Region, said, “St. Dominic Hospital is an ...

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Hood gives go-ahead to healthcare lawsuit

Mississippi’s Democratic attorney general said Friday he would not try to stop the Republican governor from joining a multi-state lawsuit challenging a federal health care overhaul. Gov. Haley Barbour says he intends to join the lawsuit when the lead state, Florida, amends its original court filing. It’s not clear when that might happen. In late March, Barbour asked Hood to ...

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Crossgates approved for burn center

BRANDON — Crossgates River Oaks Hospital has received state approval to create a burn unit on its Brandon campus. The state Department of Health announced yesterday it has granted the hospital a certificate of need for the 15-bed center. The state hasn’t had a dedicated burn center since the Greenville Burn Center closed in 2005. River Oaks plans to renovate ...

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Health Department okays bed conversion

HATTIESBURG — A Hattiesburg hospital has received state permission to convert 24 beds from adult chemical dependency treatment to adult psychiatric treatment. The Mississippi State Department of Health announced April 7 that it is granting a certificate of need for the change requested by Pine Grove Behavioral Health Center. The center is an extension of Forrest General Hospital. A news ...

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Bomgar regales ‘Top 40’ luncheon

  Mississippi technology guru tells 400-plus that focus is key to success About 400 people were on hand last Wednesday at the Mississippi Trade Mart for the annual luncheon honoring the 2010 class of Top 40 Under 40. The event is part of the annual Mississippi Business and Technology EXPO, a special project of the Mississippi Business Journal. Before the ...

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Nevada governor orders healthcare lawsuit

LAS VEGAS — Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons signed an executive order on yesterday for his state to join 14 other states suing the federal government over health care reform. The Republican governor said the state would be represented by Las Vegas lawyer Mark Hutchison after Democratic Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto refused an earlier directive from Gibbons to join ...

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Nevada governor orders state to join healthcare lawsuit

LAS VEGAS — Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons signed an executive order on yesterday for his state to join 14 other states suing the federal government over health care reform. The Republican governor said the state would be represented by Las Vegas lawyer Mark Hutchison after Democratic Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto refused an earlier directive from Gibbons to join ...

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