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Singing River lab accredited

PASCAGOULA — The Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory at Singing River Hospital has achieved accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL). The Singing River Hospital site is one of only seven in the state currently accredited by ICAVL. Singing River Hospital’s Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory is one of a growing number of vascular laboratories in the United States, ...

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H1N1 flu vaccine available to priority groups

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) announces the availability of the 2009 H1N1 (swine flu) injectable vaccine to all designated priority groups. The groups are pregnant women, children six months through 24 years of age, those living with or caring for an infant less than six months of age, healthcare and emergency medical services providers and ...

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Health Department awards CON

PHILADELPHIA — The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued a certificate of need (CON) to Neshoba County General Hospital and Nursing Home
. The CON authorizes the relocation and addition of 15 long-term care, skilled nursing facility beds from the former H.C. Watkins Extended Care Facility in Clarke County. The proposed project will not require additional personnel, new construction or ...

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Cochran urges peers to be cautious

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, yesterday cautioned the Senate about creating new programs, whether for healthcare, climate change or education, that are funded through automatic mandatory spending. In a speech to the Senate, Cochran addressed congressional spending practices, and stressed that the Congress could better control future spending by relying on ...

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Wesley voted tops by Health Insight

HATTIESBURG — Health Insight has ranked Wesley Medical Center number one among hospitals in Mississippi in Quality Measures for 2008. Health Insight calculates national rankings for hospitals using publicly reported data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare web site. The Hospital Compare data contains hospital-specific performance on 25 quality measures for over 4,200 hospitals nationwide. ...

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Memorial, Keesler form partnership

GULFPORT and BILOXI — Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi have joined in a unique partnership offering several medical subspecialties to Mississippi Gulf Coast residents for the first time. The Keesler facility and Memorial Hospital signed a training affiliation agreement in April 2009 for subspecialists in pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology to provide care for military ...

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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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