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UMC cuts 195 jobs, eliminates 85 positions in budget cut

Special to the MBJ The University of Mississippi Medical Center today announced it is cutting 195 jobs and eliminating another 85 positions in action to address a recent $32.7 million budget cut, part of budgets ordered by Gov. Phil Bryant. The Medical Center has identified $24 million in savings through a combination of reduced spending and enhanced revenues to be realized ...

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Hattiesburg Clinic awards

Hattiesburg Clinic’s 2016 Employee Recognition and Awards Banquet recently honored employees and retirees. The clinic’s Annie Ruth Johnston Employee of the Year award went to India Dunaway, manager of the Pathology department. Dunaway has been with the clinic since 1999. The Faris Allen Nurse of the Year award was given to Lisa Carnahan, from Gastroenterology. Carnahan has been a nurse ...

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Ley joins Merit Health

Surgical oncologist Phillip Ley, MD, FACS, has joined the practice of Merit Health Medical Group. With more than 20 years of experience, Ley specializes in breast cancer surgery, and performs additional surgeries to treat melanoma, sarcoma and endocrine (thyroid) surgery. Ley completed pharmacy school at the University of Texas before enrolling at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency ...

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Bill to expand dyslexia voucher program clears Senate

The Mississippi Senate has advanced a bill that would let students with dyslexia receive public money to attend private or parochial schools that offer specialized services. House Bill 1046 passed the Senate after about two hours of debate Wednesday night. The bill cleared the House on Feb. 9. The Senate made changes, and the two chambers must agree on a final ...

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UMMC to close two University Wellness Center locations in Jackson

University Wellness Center Downtown and University Wellness Center Northeast, both in Jackson, will close effective April 1, University of Mississippi Medical Center administrators announced today. The action comes as Mississippi’s only academic medical center copes with unanticipated cuts in patient care reimbursement and other budget reductions. Medical Center leadership announced February 22 that departments and units across campus must identify ...

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Court: Hospital system will have to pay its own legal fees

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Singing River Health System has lost its case in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals against an insurance company that has been paying the hospital system’s legal fees in the court battle against its retirees. The Sun Herald reports that over the course of two years, SRHS has had multiple attorneys and incurred about $3.4 million ...

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River Regions names new CEO

After serving as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Merit Health River Region since December, Benjamin Richaud has been appointed to the CEO position on a permanent basis. He joined the hospital as Chief Operating Officer in April 2016. Prior to going to Vicksburg, Richaud served as both the Assistant Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer at Tennova Healthcare ...

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Anazia joins clinic

Gregg O. Anazia, MD, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Hospital Care Service. Anazia received his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb. He completed his residency and an internship in internal medicine at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. Anazia is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. His primary specialty is ...

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Bracey joins Columbia clinic

Brittney E. Bracey, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Columbia Family Clinic. Bracey received a Master of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Southern Mississippi. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American ...

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Gulfport Memorial Hospital honors Auxiliary

Memorial Hospital recently honored its Auxiliary with a luncheon and awards ceremony at the Island View Hotel in Gulfport. Honorees and their individual hours of service donated in 2016: 50 hours – Lisa D’ Alessandro, Linda Morris, Teresa Taylor, Joanne Vicory and Jackie Wilson; 100 hours – Susan Donlin, Ginger Martinka, Kathy Moore, Mary Pecoul, Bob Sawyer, Joe Todaro, Sallie ...

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