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Pafford Medical Services special response teams deployed for Hurricane Florence

On Tuesday, September 11, Pafford EMS Special Response Teams initiated deployment to Spartanburg, North Carolina. They are currently staging in Spartanburg for assignments related to Hurricane Florence disaster relief. The company was notified to deploy at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday. Within three hours of notification by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), 13 company ambulances, two wheelchair vans, and ...

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Merit Health Rankin Names CEO, CFO

Mitchell Cox Heather Sistrunk Heather Sistrunk, MHSA, BSN, RN, was recently named Chief Executive Officer of Merit Health Rankin, and Mitchell Cox has been named Chief Financial Officer. Sistrunk has over 20 years of health care experience in the Jackson market. For the past 18 months, Sistrunk has served as Chief Administrative Officer for both Merit Health Rankin and Merit ...

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Memorial Physician Clinics welcomes clinical psychologist Gaela S. Youngblood

Dr. Gaela Youngblood Memorial Physician Clinics – The Medical Oncology Group recently welcomed Gaela S. Youngblood, Psy.D., in the practice of Clinical Psychology in Gulfport. Youngblood completed her Bachelor of Arts at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, and her Master of Arts from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. She earned her Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology at The George ...

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Mississippi reaches 31 West Nile virus cases so far in 2018

A central Mississippi county is reporting its first case of West Nile virus, bringing the state’s total to 31 cases so far this year. The Mississippi State Department of Health says Monday that the new case is in Attala County. Mississippi has among the highest numbers of serious West Nile infections nationwide. Hinds County has reported 11 total cases. Adams, ...

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‘Obamacare’ insurance rates will stay level in Mississippi

Rates for Mississippians who get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are projected to stay basically level next year. The consulting firm Avalere Health and The Associated Press analyzed state data and found premiums in “Obamacare’s” health insurance marketplace will rise only 0.2 percent in Mississippi next year. That’s lower than the average 3.6 percent increase in proposed or ...

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Gulfport Memorial Physician Clinics welcomes Conger

Nicholas G Conger Memorial Physician Clinics recently hired Nicholas G. Conger, MD, in the practice of Infectious Diseases, Conger earned his medical degree from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He completed his residency and internship in Internal Medicine; and fellowship in infectious diseases at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Tex. Conger is board certified in internal ...

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Easterling joins Owl Drug Store at Hattiesburg Clinic

Mike Easterling Mike Easterling, RPh, recently joined Owl Drug Store at Hattiesburg Clinic as a staff pharmacist. Easterling has more than 33 years of experience as a pharmacist. He received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. He has an APhA immunization certification and is a member of the Mississippi Pharmacists Association. Founded in 1907, ...

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William Carey’s Turner appointed to COCA

Dr. James Turner Dr. James Turner, dean of William Carey University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM), has been appointed to the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). Turner and the other commissioners will review site visits, as well as mid-cycle and annual reports submitted by COMs in the United States with the goal of ensuring that each is meeting COCA ...

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Wells named MAFP’s New Physician of the Year

Jeremy B. Wells, MD, of Hattiesburg, was recently honored as New Physician of the Year 2018 by the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP). This is the first year the award has been presented by the MAFP Awards Committee, comprised of family physicians who are past winners of the MAFP Family Physician of the Year award. Individuals who earn the ...

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Alford honored as MAFP’s Family Physician of the Year

Tim Alford, MD, of Kosciusko, was recently honored as Mississippi’s Family Physician of the Year 2018 by the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians. The John B. Howell, MD, Memorial Award, as it is formally known, was first given in 1977 in memory of Dr. Howell, a pioneer in the practice of family medicine and long-time delegate to the American Academy ...

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