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A case in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports in a series of articles published after a year’s investigation that sexual abuse of patients by physicians across the country is in many cases tolerated. Of 2,400 physicians “publicly disciplined [since Jan. 1, 1999] for sexual misconduct, half still have active medical licenses today,” the report states. Under the section on Mississippi, the ...

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Memorial psychiatric hospital losing millions; sale imminent

Gulfport’s Memorial Hospital is moving ahead with plans to sell its psychiatric hospital, Memorial Behavioral Health, in Orange Grove. The Sun Herald reports Harrison County and the city of Gulfport have agreed to schedule a public hearing for Dec. 20 at Gulfport City Hall on the proposed sale of the 89-bed hospital that provides acute psychiatric care. State law requires ...

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Mississippi’s obesity rate among low-income children stable

Mississippi’s obesity rate among young children from low-income families remains stable at 14.5 percent, but officials note the rate is still too high. A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture notes obesity levels decreased in 31 states and three territories, but increased significantly in four states — Nebraska, North Carolina, ...

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Health systems in New Orleans, McComb, announce partnership

A New Orleans-based health system and one based in southwest Mississippi have announced a new partnership. A news release from Ochsner (OX-ner) Health System and McComb-based Southwest Health System says the partnership is patient-centered, and each system will keep its own assets and employees. Southwest board president Renan Richmond says that even before the partnership was announced, more than 100 ...

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Sides in telemedicine battle call for a cease-fire

  By JACK WEATHERLY  It looks like the sides in the battle over telemedicine in Mississippi have called a truce of sorts. Neither Teladoc Inc., the leading private provider of the service in the state and the country, nor the Mississippi State Medical Association, which represents the majority of physicians in the state, says it plans to introduce legislation in ...

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Do your homework for open enrollment in Mississippi

By LISA MONTI The annual open enrollment process can be a dreaded chore for some employees who are choosing insurance options for the upcoming year. Experts, though, say it’s vital for employees to do their homework to ensure that they make the best decisions regarding their individual and family insurance coverage. Christine O’Brien, vice president of sales and account management for ...

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ALAN TURNER — UMMC: Tackling Mississippi’s obesity epidemic

Obesity has emerged as one of the single most detrimental health factors impacting Mississippians. Sadly, Mississippi leads the nation in overall rates of obesity as well as obesity-associated illness and associated chronic disease burden. We all know what overeating does to us – too much rich and fried food, too much sugar, too many starchy foods, too much fast food. ...

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Mississippi ER nurse gets patent for product

By LISA MONTI While some of her registered nurse colleagues were back to school to become nurse practitioners, Rebecca Capps decided to invest instead in a patent. She came up with the idea for her product – the StatSupport Belt – years ago, during a bout of insomnia. She saw her belt as a way to organize the tools that acute-care ...

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3 join Wilson Research Foundation

Methodist Rehabilitation Center has appointed Tish Hughes, Cy Rosenblatt and T. Calvin Wells to the Board of Governors of the center’s Wilson Research Foundation. As the fund-raising arm of MRC, the Wilson Foundation supports clinical research studies, advanced staff education and state-of-the-art technology. Hughes of Jackson recently retired from Trustmark National Bank where she held a number of administrative roles, ...

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Cardiologist joins Merit

Dr. Almois Mohamad joined Merit Health Medical Group as a board certified interventional cardiologist. Mohamad has been practicing interventional cardiology in the Jackson area for the last three years and to-date, has performed over 1,000 cases. He completed his cardiology fellowship, residency and internal medicine internship at the Medical College of Georgia where he also was Chief Cardiology Fellow. Mohamad ...

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