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Nurse practitioners staying busy

Reimbursement, education requirements are still challenges to the profession While the recession has hit many areas of the healthcare industry hard, one group is staying busy. In fact, nurse practitioners are reporting an up tick in caseloads as many Mississippians turn to them for more affordable care. Ricki Garrett, Ph.D., executive director of the Mississippi Nurses Association, said she had ...

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Watching the Swine Flu

Could it mutate into a mass killer like in 1918? As the summer grows to a close, health officials are nervously watching the progress of novel H1N1, or swine, flu. The flu, officially dubbed a pandemic June 11, had “only” killed 800 people worldwide as of the latter part of last month, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), a ...

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GOT FLU?

State’s supply of seasonal flu vaccine looking good — for now It is still a little early in the game, but for now it looks as if there should be no problems with the supply of seasonal flu vaccine for 2009-2010. Certainly nothing from the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) hints that the vaccine supply will not meet ...

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High school ritual may be fading away

State’s prep coaches divided on whether to continue two-a-day preseason football practices   There is probably no single thing in the Magnolia State as universally beloved as football. Players and coaches at every level of the sport will begin season preparations soon. Preseason practice at Mississippi High Schools started Monday. This will be the first football season since the National ...

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Little returns to state to head Baptist-Golden Triangle

Columbus — When Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle recently named its new administrator and CEO, it brought back a familiar face to the North Mississippi healthcare community. This marks Jason Little’s second stint in healthcare administration in the region, and he said he is glad to be back. “Mississippi is a terrific state,” the Tennessee native said. “Mississippi has some outstanding ...

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Teaching ethics a growing need among healthcare professionals

Almost daily, ethical issues in healthcare grow more complicated. With rapidly advancing science and treatments come moral concerns that were unheard of just a few years ago. Healthcare professionals are on the frontline of these crucial issues, and schools are making efforts to prepare them. Dr. Rick Boyte, associate professor of pediatrics and chairman of the Ethics Advisory Committee at ...

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Rural hospitals meet challenges to continue serving critical needs

In recent years, the number of rural hospitals closing in Mississippi has decreased significantly. But these hospitals that serve primarily low-income residents of sparsely populated rural areas have unique challenges as they struggle to stay financially viable while meeting critical health care needs in their communities. Dr. Joan Exline, associate professor of health policy and administration at the University of ...

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Rural hospitals adopt ‘grow your own’ strategies to attract staff

It certainly is not news that there is a nursing shortage in Mississippi and elsewhere in the country. But particularly when it comes to hospitals in rural areas, it can be especially difficult to attract and retain nurses, and also physicians, nurse aides and many other types of medical professionals. “I think staffing is the hardest challenge,” said Fred B. ...

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