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State to file healthcare reform rebuttal today

Twenty states — including Mississippi — and the nation’s most influential small business lobby plan today to file their response to the government’s attempt to dismiss their lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul. The Justice Department in June asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the U.S. District Court in Pensacola lacks subject-matter jurisdiction over some of ...

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Health Department awards certificates of need

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued certificates of need (CONs) for the following projects: • Methodist Healthcare – Olive Branch Hospital has received CON authority for the construction and establishment of a new 100-bed acute care hospital that will include a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit, two therapeutic cardiac catheterization labs, an open-heart surgery room ...

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Barbour: Healthcare overhaul too expensive

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says the federal healthcare overhaul will clobber small businesses with expensive mandates. The Republican spoke to hundreds of people yesterday during a meeting sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council and other business groups. Several weeks ago, Barbour joined a Florida lawsuit that seeks to block the health law that President Barack Obama signed in ...

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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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