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Forrest General market awards include Best in Show

Forrest General’s Marketing and Communications Department was honored recently with several awards at the Mississippi Hospital Association’s 29th Annual Maggie Awards ceremony, including Best In Show Electronic Media. Forrest General received a Maggie Award and the Best in Show Electronic Media designation for a video promoting Heart Month. The video, which featured members of the Sweetea Club, encouraged viewers to ...

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Record number of signings in Mississippi for endangered Obamacare

By JACK WEATHERLY A record number of Mississippians have signed up for health insurance through the federal exchange, deadline for which is Thursday for those who want coverage starting Jan. 1. Those who sign up or make changes during open enrollment after Dec. 15 but by Jan. 31 will get that coverage starting March 1. Meantime, the Trump administration vows ...

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Medical license panel continues discussion of physician sex abuse

By JACK WEATHERLY  A committee of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure talked briefly on Dec. 7 about possible legislation addressing sexual abuse of patients by physicians. The Rules and Regulations Committee took up the matter at the end of the three-hour meeting. It had been referred unanimously to the committee by the full board on Monday. Major Gen. (ret.) ...

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Medical license panel continues discussion of physician sex abuse

By JACK WEATHERLY A committee of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure talked briefly on Wednesday about possible legislation addressing sexual abuse of patients by physicians. The Rules and Regulations Committee took up the matter at the end of the three-hour meeting. It had been referred unanimously to the committee by the full board on Monday. Major Gen. (ret.) Erik Hearon ...

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Oxford’s GreenServ taking on the giants in medical waste disposal industry

By BECKY GILLETTE OXFORD — When John Alford and Will Fountain founded GreenServ Inc. in Oxford about four years ago, they had been hearing complaints about customer service and costs for disposal of medical waste. One international company has the corner on about 95 percent of the medical waste disposal business in the U.S. Alford and Fountain saw there was a ...

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Medical board eyes criminal provision for sexual misconduct by physicians

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure voted unanimously Monday to address whether it wants to pursue legislation that would enable it to seek criminal charges for sexual abuse by physicians. The teleconference session was called by board President Dr. Charles Miles on a request by Executive Director Dr. John Hall. A committee hearing will be held Wednesday at ...

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Illness affects 47 residents at Gulfport retirement home

Several residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport have recently become ill. AFRH spokesman Christopher Kelly tells local media that since Monday evening, 47 residents have fallen ill and nine have been hospitalized. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. All ill residents were in the independent living area. Kelly says staff at the home are trying to curb ...

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Workplace depression results in 200 million lost workdays in U.S. annually

By NASH NUNNERY  Depression at work isn’t always merely a case of the blues or deadline burnout. Unlike many physical illnesses such as the flu or measles, depression can be easily misunderstood by both workers and employers, according to Dr. Bradford M. Smith. Smith is a licensed psychologist and director of Belhaven University’s Institute for International Care and Counsel. He says ...

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Working women need to find their health time

By LISA MONTI Melissa Peters has a busy life with a full-time job and two small children ages 4 years and 9 months. Like a lot of working moms, she makes it a point to stay healthy for her family’s sake as well as her own. “It is difficult to achieve the work/life balance, especially when you have small children, but ...

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Taking aim at physician sex predators; Mississippi ranked 51st in patient protection

By JACK WEATHERLY  Dr. John Hall, executive director of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure, is working with lawmakers to draft a bill to make a physician’s sexual relations with a patient a criminal offense. No doctor “should even think of patients as prey,” Hall said in an interview. Hall, who was named to the post about five months ago, ...

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