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Neshoba General gets CON for new medical facility

PHILADELPHIA — The Neshoba General Hospital in Philadelphia has been given state approval to add a new medical building to its campus. The Mississippi State Department of Health issued a certificate of need for the project this past week. Mississippi requires a CON in a process designed to avoid duplication of health care services and control costs. Neshoba General will ...

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State launches hotline in wake of Ebola epidemic scare

JACKSON — Mississippi has opened a 24-hour Ebola hotline for people with questions about the virus. It’s not a message tree — it’s answered by people. The Mississippi State Department of Health says that if necessary, those people will direct case-specific calls to health officials. The state epidemiologist, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, says a case of Ebola in Mississippi is highly ...

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Singing River discontinuing defined-payment retirement plan

PASCAGOULA — Singing River Health System is dropping a defined-benefit retirement plan for employees. CEO Kevin Holland said the hospital can’t afford the $18 million to $20 million a year it takes to fund the current pension plan. What will replace it hasn’t been determined. Employees were notified Friday by email. Singing River Health System owns hospitals in Pascagoula and ...

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Research on dogs could lead to better understanding of human cancer

STARKVILLE — A research team at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is working to better understand cancer in dogs, and the work also could advance knowledge of human cancer. Their investigation began with only a tiny blood platelet, but quickly they discovered opportunities for growth and expanding the breadth of the research. “We have a lot to gain ...

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Keesler Medical Center set to begin $74M renovation project

BILOXI — Construction is ready to begin on Keesler Medical Center’s $74 million renovation project. Officials expect the work to modernize health care delivery and enhance the overall patient experience for the Keesler Air Force base community. Col. (Dr.) Tom Harrell, 81st Medical Group commander, said, “The renovation will offer our beneficiaries a pleasing ambiance and, by locating clinics and ...

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UMMC joins national group in fight to lower colorectal cancer deaths

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center is a new member of a national organization dedicated to lowering deaths from colorectal cancer. The UMMC Cancer Institute has joined the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, a national coalition of public, private and voluntary organizations working to lower colorectal deaths. Mississippi has the highest colorectal cancer death rate in the United States. ...

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Forrest General training, drilling for Ebola patients

HATTIESBURG — Forrest General Hospital says it has a plan in place to address Ebola. The hospital reports training and drills have been underway to assure staff that safety measures are in place for their protection and the protection of patients. Plans will continue to be adjusted as new information is provided by the Center for Disease Control. An isolation ...

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GI Specialists opens at Crossgates River Oaks Hospital

BRANDON — GI Specialists of Mississippi has opened its doors to patients on the campus of Crossgates River Oaks Hospital in Brandon. Dr. Shuja Yousuf, a gastroenterologist, has already started seeing new patients at the clinic. “I am excited to return to this growing community,” said Yousuf. “I practiced medicine for many years in Brandon and I’m looking forward to ...

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Currier: Ebola is low-risk, but training, preparation ongoing

JACKSON — State health officials say they are keeping Mississippi hospitals and medical facilities up-to-date on Ebola identification and treatment. State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier, speaking at a briefing in Jackson today, says Ebola is low-risk in Mississippi. However, she says the Health Department is working with hospitals to get staff trained and prepared to handle any cases that ...

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Firm starts work on expansion, renovation of orthopaedic clinic

COLUMBUS — Brasfield & Gorrie has begun an expansion and renovation project at Columbus Orthopaedic Clinic in Columbus. This design-build project includes an 8,000-square-foot addition to the existing facility, which was originally built by Birmingham, Alabama-based Brasfield & Gorrie in 2007. The expansion will add new exam rooms, a fitness center and a HydroWorx therapeutic pool. Serving as general contractor, ...

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