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Nurse practitioner's clinic hearing postponed

CANTON — A public hearing on a nurse practitioner’s request to operate a medical clinic out of a historic home in Canton has been postponed until mid-August. Donald Lawrence, city zoning administrator, says the Canton Zoning Commission was scheduled to hear Mary Allen’s special exception and dimensional variance request Monday night, but there was a problem with the advertisement of ...

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Hospitals agree to new leasing arrangement

TYLERTOWN — During a meeting of the Walthall County Board of Supervisors Aug. 2, board members reviewed a proposed lease agreement between Walthall County and Forrest County that involves Walthall County General Hospital and Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. This lease agreement was approved in principle, resulting in a five-year lease agreement between the two counties. Pending further review, plans for ...

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First LaCrosse encephalitis case identified

MONTGOMERY COUNTY —± A case of the mosquito-borne illness LaCrosse encephalitis has been reported in Montgomery County. The Mississippi State Department of Health says the illness is similar to West Nile virus. People with LaCrosse encephalitis may have fever, headache, vomiting, lethargy and sometimes seizures. The department said yesterday this is the first case of the illness reported in Mississippi ...

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Mental health facilities asked to submit plans

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Mental Health has asked four facilities to develop contingency closing plans by the end of August in case the Legislature doesn’t provide adequate funding in the next fiscal year. The facilities are North Mississippi State Hospital in Tupelo, South Mississippi State Hospital in Purvis, Mississippi Adolescent Center in Brookhaven and Central Mississippi Residential ...

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He’s a man on a MISSION

Keeton intends to make med school one of the premier institutions in America No margin, no mission.” That’s a motto of Dr. James E. “Jimmy” Keeton, University of Mississippi Medical Center’s new vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine who is six months into his new position. Keeton was among the leadership team under previous ...

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12 doctors, 1 building, 1 focused plan

NS2 now state’s most comprehensive spine care provider Every Friday at noon, the 12 physicians on staff at Mississippi’s most comprehensive spine care practice, along with nonsurgical specialists, gather for a lunchtime conference. Even though most cases are not odd or unique, opinions are solicited from everyone around the table. With seven board-certified spine surgeons in attendance — the largest ...

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Methodist wins CON to build in Olive Branch

After years of wrangling, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has been given the green light to build a new 100-bed acute care hospital in Olive Branch. On July 29 at the regularly scheduled Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) monthly Certificate of Need (CON) meeting, state health officer Mary Currier, MD, gave her stamp of approval on Methodist’s proposed Olive Branch ...

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Taking it to the next level

Former drill sergeant David Allen applies ‘For-Profit’ management to drive success David Allen has mastered the science of proactive management. Allen, president and CEO of Mississippi Blood Services (MBS), learned early in life to spot troubling trends as they take shape, and to make a move to emerge in an even better position. For starters, Allen, who was born in Charlotte, N.C., ...

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Cutbacks routine during downturn

While healthcare jobs are some of the jobs in highest demand with the greatest growth potential in the future as the average age of the population in the U.S. grows older, hospitals and other healthcare providers have had to resort to reductions in staff and services in order to weather the recession. Across the country the continuing impacts from the ...

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Changes and challenges

Organizations waiting for specific instructions Healthcare financial experts have raised concerns about how non-profit hospitals will be impacted by healthcare reform that will bring difficult challenges of reduced payments while hospitals are also being tasked to improve efficiency. Moody’s Investors Service warns stand-alone community hospitals could suffer, which might force spending cuts and mergers among smaller hospitals after healthcare reform ...

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