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Merit Rankin taps Blaylock

Dwayne Blaylock, Chief Executive Officer of Merit Health River Oaks, will now also lead Merit Health Rankin as CEO in addition to his current duties. Blaylock has nearly 20 years of hospital administration experience. He was a member of the leadership team that helped create the Merit Health network. Previously, Blaylock was CEO at Merit Health Gilmore Memorial in Amory, ...

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Holton joins Columbia clinic

Nikki C. Holton, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Columbia Family Clinic. Holton received her Master of Science in Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing in Addison, Ill. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Holton is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, the Nurse Practitioner ...

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Oxford pre-op center to expand MRI capabilities

An Oxford medical imaging center will be expanding its MRI capabilities. The Mississippi State Department of Health on Monday approved Oxford Pre-Op and Imaging Center to expand its magnetic resonance imaging resources. The medical facility serves Lafayette County and the surrounding areas. The project will cost $1,935,457. Mississippi requires a certificate of need as part of a process meant to ...

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Alberts joins Clinic

Scott J. Alberts, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Hospital Care Service. He received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Ariz. Alberts is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He is trained in adult gerontology ...

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New accelerated pharmacy school planned at William Carey

By BECKY GILLETTE A groundbreaking is planned soon for a school of pharmacy at William Carey University Tradition campus, which will bring pharmacy education closer to residents of South Mississippi while helping meet a shortage of pharmacists in rural areas of the region. Dr. Michael Malloy, who has been named dean of the new pharmacy school, said the closest pharmacy ...

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FOCUS ON HEALTH — Mississippi towel takes aim at bacteria

By ALEX JACKS Whether athletic or not, most people can relate to life in a locker room where special precautions are taken to prevent the spread of bacteria. Despite strict locker room hygiene practices, visitors tend to contract MRSA, E. Coli and other bacterial infections. In the past, the biggest culprit of these infections was the towel athletes used. Laguna ...

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FOCUS ON HEALTH — Performance Rehab rebrands in Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE Performance Rehab Physical & Occupational Therapy has changed its name to Elite Physical Therapy as part of a statewide re-branding initiative. “While the name will be changing, our ‘elite’ team of therapists and driven staff will remain exactly the same,” said a letter announcing the change to their referral sources. “For the last 14 years, Performance Rehab ...

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FOCUS ON HEALTH — Spinal patient becomes supporter, entrepreneur

By CAREY MILLER / Health and Research News Service Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s spinal cord injury support group plans to hold a meeting at Playtime, a restaurant/arcade that opened last April in Clinton. But it’s not just for the fun, food and games. The group also wants to show support for one of its most dedicated members. Playtime owner Sancho Johnson, 44, ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Mississippi’s Health Care Collaboration Act is good medicine

Say what you will about Mississippi’s government, our state Capitol building is an impressive structure. Even in the midst of a $8.7 million renovation, walking through the ground floor of the Capitol and looking up through the second floor opening into the dome far above, one gets the distinct impression that this is a thing that the state most certainly ...

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