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Hospitals join QUEST program

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — More than 30 hospitals have joined the expansion of Premier’s QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative. Approximately 200 hospitals representing 31 states are now participating in this project, which is currently linking the two main goals of health reform proposals being considered by Congress — quality improvement and cost reduction. Developed in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare ...

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Study supports smoking ban

STARKVILLE — A Mississippi State University (MSU) study released Nov. 9 shows a 27 percent decrease in heart attacks among Starkville residents since the city passed a smoking ban in 2006. Researchers associated with the university report also are recommending a statewide public ban on smoking. The study by Robert McMillen and Dr. Robert Collins shows fewer heart attacks being ...

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Forrest General wins NRC award

HATTIESBURG — Forrest General Hospital has earned a 2009/2010 Consumer Choice Award from National Research Corporation (NRC). This award places Forrest General with other top hospitals across the country based on feedback from patients. Forrest General’s recognition is based on responses from primary healthcare decision makers in Forrest General’s service area who ranked Forrest General at the top of the ...

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Medical park construction to begin

PASCAGOULA — Singing River Health System (SRHS) will celebrate the beginning of construction of the 70,000-square-foot Singing River Medical Park with a ceremonial dirt dumping Nov. 5 beginning at 3 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the walking track east of Singing River Hospital on Denny Avenue in Pascagoula. The facility will house The Neuroscience Center, a medical laboratory, ...

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Workplace injuries/illnesses decline

Non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers in 2008 occurred at a rate of 3.9 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, a decline from 4.2 cases in 2007, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Similarly, the number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses reported in 2008 declined to 3.7 million cases, compared to four million cases in 2007. ...

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Health Department awards CONs

MERIDIAN and JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health has awarded certificates of need (CONs) to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 
Jackson and Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. University of Mississippi Medical Center has received CON authority for the renovation of the surgical short stay unit on the campus of the existing hospital in Jackson. ...

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Kosciusko doctor will carry Olympic torch

Kosciusko family doctor Timothy Alford will carry an Olympic torch at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver in February. Alford, 53, said the honor is both humbling and overwhelming. Alford was selected by Coca-Cola, a sponsor for the Olympic Torch Relay, in recognition of his dedication to promote healthy, active lifestyles and civic engagement in his community. An avid runner, ...

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Forum focuses on proposed healthcare reform

JACKSON — Ways businesses can lower insurance premium costs and potential state challenges from Washington healthcare reform were the subjects of the Business of Health Care forum hosted by the Mississippi College School of Business Tuesday at the Jackson Convention Complex. Companies that invest money in preventative care for employees save in the long run, said Bill Lee, CEO of ...

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Leaders voice healthcare bill opposition

JACKSON and WASHINGTON — Current healthcare reform proposals debated in the U.S. Congress would raise health insurance rates for Mississippi families and businesses and push affordable healthcare out of reach, Gov. Haley Barbour wrote in a letter to all members of Mississippi’s Congressional delegation Oct. 27. Barbour cited an analysis by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association of a U.S. Senate ...

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Program pushes downtown walking

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — From the hills of Northeast Mississippi to the sugar-white beaches of the Gulf Coast, residents from across the state are invited to bring their most comfortable shoes and go walking. Sponsored by the Main Street Mississippi Association (MSMA), the second annual "Let’s Go Walkin’ Down Main Street Mississippi" will be celebrated in 27 Magnolia State communities Oct. ...

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