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Voulters to lead MSMA

Lee Voulters, M.D., a neurologist practicing at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, has become the 149th president of the Mississippi State Medical Association. Voulters grew up in the United Kingdom attending medical school at the University of London, making him the first international medical graduate to lead the state’s largest physician organization. Voulters will focus his tenure on advancing MSMA in ...

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Parden joins Tupelo clinic

Vascular surgeon Justin Parden, M.D., has joined The Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Clinic of North Mississippi in Tupelo. A native of Mobile, Ala., Parden earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Alabama, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He graduated from medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. ...

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Mississippi adult obesity rate stays second-worst in 2015

New government data shows Mississippi adults are just as obese as ever. The state remained tied for the second fattest in the nation in 2015, with nearly 36 percent of adults reporting they were obese. That rate didn’t change from 2014. An advocacy group, the Trust for America’s Health, released a report Thursday analyzing data collected by a federal government ...

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Forster on state board

Dr. Michael Forster, dean of the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to serve on the board of directors for the Mississippi Public Health Institute. MSPHI is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and improving the health and well-being of Mississippians. It promotes public health by facilitating collaboration among programs and organizations, as well as ...

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Baptist hospitals merger explored

Leaders of two Baptist hospital systems say they’re exploring a merger. Officials with Jackson-based Mississippi Baptist Health Systems and the larger Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis  made the announcement Thursday. They say a merger could create one of the largest Baptist health systems nationwide, and extend an electronic health record system from the Memphis system to four Mississippi hospitals. ...

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Magnolia Health to expand exchange coverage to all 82 counties

By JACK WEATHERLY Magnolia Health Care will offer insurance in all 82 of Mississippi’s counties through the federal insurance exchange starting Jan. 1, state Health Commissioner Mike Chaney said Thursday. The news comes as UnitedHealthcare will pull out from the exchange at the end of the year. The insurer, which had expanded its coverage to all counties this year, announced its ...

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Costs grow faster for states lacking Medicaid expansion

By BOBBY HARRISON Barely a word was spoken of possible Medicaid expansion recently during meetings of legislative working groups formed by House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to look at state’s revenue collections and expenditure. Instead, the focus of the working group dealing with Medicaid was the growth in the existing state program that Executive Director David Dzielak ...

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Parden joins urology group

Ali Parden, M.D., recently joined Urology Associates in Tupelo as the first female urogynecologist in Mississippi. Parden is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist who completed three years of specialty training in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of problems involving the female pelvic organs. A native of Lebanon, Ind., Parden earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Alabama. She completed ...

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Vicksburg to file lawsuit to acquire abandoned hospital

The city of Vicksburg plans to file an eminent domain lawsuit to take ownership of the unused Kuhn Memorial Hospital. The city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen Thursday approved plans to file the suit, which allows the city to covert property to public use on paying its market value. Owners have abandoned the property and city officials have been trying ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi needs every federal dollar it can get

Let’s get real.    Ignore political ideology for a moment.   Mississippi is a poor state, persistently landing near the bottom on income, health, and education rankings. Many families depend heavily on federal benefits to survive. So, too does state government (44 percent of total spending). Many small businesses’ survival depends heavily on federally subsidized families and government.   Yes, federal ...

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