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Watkins joins Clinic

Hattiesburg Clinic has opened the Lumberton Family Medicine in Lumberton and added Mary S. Watkins, CNP, to the staff. Watkins received a Master of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Watkins is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is a ...

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Sta-Home Home Health & Hospice acquired by Dallas-based AccentCare

Sta-Home Home Health & Hospice, the largest home health provider in Mississippi, has been acquired by AccentCare Inc., a Dallas-based, post-acute-health-care company. “Sta-Home has been part of the fabric of the Mississippi health-care community for over 40 years, compassionately serving multitudes of patients in the home,” said Vincent Caracci, president and chief executive of the company.  “Finding a company aligned with ...

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Disciplining of physician raises profile of sexual abuse

By JACK WEATHERLY The medical license of Dr. Bret A. Boes, a Meridian physician, has been suspended — but stayed for at least five years — because of numerous instances of unlawfully prescribing amphetamines for weight loss for a patient with whom he was having a sexual relationship. Boes signed a consent agreement on March 16 with the Mississippi State ...

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Ban on out-of-state flocks issued, but no new avian flu outbreaks reported

By JACK WEATHERLY Dr. Jim Watson, state veterinarian with the Mississippi Board of Animal Health, said the state is implementing new measures at poultry sales and exhibitions because of the outbreaks of avian flu in the Southeast. “No poultry — including chickens, ducks, turkeys, quail, pheasants and pea fowl– are allowed from Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky or Georgia because of their ...

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ALAN TURNER: Clouding the real issues in health care

After the hullabaloo in Congress over the effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, it still seems obvious that the real and underlying issues surrounding health care in America are somehow not coming to the forefront. Here are a few basics: 1) We all want quality health care; 2) We all want to live longer and healthier lives; ...

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Amid cash crunch, hospital system cuts out neurosurgery

PASCAGOULA — A south Mississippi hospital that has faced financial problems is saving money by eliminating neurosurgery, and that means some patients are now being sent out of state after wrecks or other emergencies. A Singing River Health System executive spoke to Jackson County officials at a public meeting Monday, The Sun Herald reported (http://bit.ly/2nG0Tyz ). Brian Argo is chief financial ...

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Park joins Hattiesburg Clinic

Stacie M. Park, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Hospital Care Service. She received a Master of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. Park is board certified in adult and gerontological health by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is a member of the ...

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NMHS names new CFO

Sharon Nobles has joined North Mississippi Health Services as chief financial officer. Nobles joins NMHS from Baptist Health Care Corp.in Pensacola, Fla., where she was vice president and chief financial officer for Acute Care Services and led financial operations for three acute care hospitals and two joint venture ambulatory surgery centers. During her 23-year tenure with Baptist, she has served ...

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3 named employees of the year

Mississippi State Hospital Employees of the Year are, from left, Tammye Hutchins, Diva Coleman and Donald Bickham. Bickham works in Clinical Service, Coleman in Support Services and Hutchins in Direct Care. Bickham, a McComb native who lives in Brandon, is a Licensed Practical Nurse II who works in Whitfield Medical Surgical Hospital. She has been employed at MSH for 19 ...

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Mississippi governor joins others in backing GOP health plan

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has joined seven other Republican governors in a letter endorsing the GOP plan to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The Thursday letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan was also signed by the governors of Indiana, Alabama, Idaho, Kanas, Maine, Missouri and Utah The governors say they support the ...

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