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MRC names Employees of the Year

Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson has named its Employees of the Year for 2017. Veronica Taylor of Pearl was named Clinical Services Employee of the Year. She serves as a physical therapist for the hospital’s Stroke Recovery Program. Nickey Ray of Canton was named Support Services Employee of the Year. He serves as senior maintenance mechanic for the hospital. Brad ...

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Sorrells joins Hattiesburg Clinic Dialysis

Sharon “Sheri” D. Sorrells, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Dialysis. Sorrells provides care for patients with stage 5 kidney disease at the department’s various satellite units throughout the region. Sorrells received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark., and a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. ...

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Merit Health Medical Group adds physician

Merit Health Medical Group welcomes Louis J. Saddler, MD, has joined the medical staff at Merit Health Medical Group. His practice is Merit Health Madison in Canton. Board certified in internal medicine, Saddler completed his medical residency and internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He received his medical degree from the Howard University College of Medicine ...

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Mississippi hospital plans to lay off up to 100 employees

A Mississippi hospital plans to lay off 50 to 100 employees in an attempt to cut costs. Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center tells the Enterprise-Journal that the McComb hospital plans to cut up to 100 of its 1,200 employees. CEO Norman Price says a consultant recommended cutting 90 employees to align employee numbers with the hospital’s level of business. Price says no ...

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Merit Health Central Names Polk ACNO

Brad Polk, RN, MSN, was recently named assistant chief nurse officer at Merit Health Central. Polk has 13 years of nursing experience, with over eight years at Merit Health Central. Prior to his new role, he worked as assistant nurse manager/nursing supervisor and director of intensive care/cardiovascular recovery. Before joining Merit Health Central, Polk worked at sister facility Merit Health ...

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Methodist Rehab names Syrone McBeath security director

Syrone McBeath has joined the staff of Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson as the Director of Security. He previously spent more than 16 years with the University of Mississippi Medical Center Police Department, most recently as a lieutenant. A native of Moss Point, Syrone earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Mississippi College in 1994. He also minored in ...

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Humana Names Matt Berger as regional president

Humana Inc. recently appointed Matt Berger as Regional President for its Louisiana and Mississippi Medicare markets. Berger assumes responsibility for continued development and expansion of Humana’s Medicare business in the Gulf States, and for staff leadership in those markets. Berger has served in regional finance roles for Humana, including the past four years as its Medicare Central Division chief financial ...

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Children’s of Mississippi collaborating with Memorial Hospital in Gulfport

By BECKY GILLETTE Children have different medical needs. Their diseases are different. The way you care for them is very different. They require a different focus, says Guy Giesecke, CEO of Children’s of Mississippi, which is the pediatric care arm of the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). And families from the second largest population area in Mississippi, the Gulf ...

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UMMC physicians creating opioid use alternatives model

Mississippi’s statistics on opioid use resulting in addiction and deaths are bad, but the failure of data to deter abuse is also troubling. A team of University of Mississippi Medical Center physicians and caregivers is changing the way they offer patients pain relief at a time when an average half million opioid pills are dispensed daily by doctors statewide. The ...

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