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More Miss. hospitals switch to Merit Health brand

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Gilmore Regional Medical Center in Amory has changed its name to reflect its affiliation with Tennessee-based Community Health Systems. The hospital is now Merit Health Gilmore Memorial. Community Health Systems acquired Gilmore and nine other Mississippi hospitals last year in a merger with Florida-based Health Management Associates. Several other hospitals also switched to the new brand Monday. Tri-Lakes Medical Center ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Summertime and fears from not so long ago

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The little girl whose blue veins shone through her lovely ivory skin was dead. She could have been my first girlfriend. I had a crush on her when I was seven or eight. It was on one of those languorous summer days when the news was spread rapidly through our Memphis neighborhood by children— fleet little messengers of sorrow. Joan ...

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Anderson Regional Medical Center announces new CEO

MERIDIAN — Anderson Regional Medical Center announced John G. Anderson, FACHE, as the new President and Chief Executive Officer. “We, as a Board, have every confidence in John’s ability to lead Anderson,” Dr. Joe Anderson, Chairman of the Board, told hundreds of community leaders and staff who had gathered for the announcement. “John has earned this position by working his ...

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Prison system could save money with health care contract

JACKSON — The head of the Mississippi Department of Corrections says the state could save $2 million over the next three years by choosing a new private contractor to provide health care for inmates. The health services contract is one of several Department of Corrections financial pacts that are being redone after last year’s federal criminal indictment of former Commissioner ...

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More patients treated at UMMC for "spice" overdose

JACKSON – More patients exhibiting symptoms related to an overdose of the designer drug “spice” have been seen at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Emergency Department over the last two days. The new cases – a reported five on Wednesday and seven on Tuesday – puts the number of patients treated at the Medical Center for symptoms of spice ...

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Adams Co. ponders retirement fix for ex-hospital employees

NATCHEZ — Adams County supervisors are working on a solution to the problem of unpaid retirement benefits for former Natchez Regional Medical Center employees. The Natchez Democrat reports that when the county-owned hospital filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2014, one of the unsecured creditors in the filing was the Public Employees Retirement System. One proposal is for the county ...

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Bryant says he will sign public hospital transparency bill

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he intends to sign a bill designed to bring more transparency to the way publicly owned hospitals are run. Bryant spoke Tuesday to more than three dozen people who traveled to the state Capitol to push the bill because of concerns about pension losses at Singing River Hospital in Jackson County. The House ...

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OUR VIEW: Leaders pass up chance to stem hunger, diet-related disease

Tell the truth. Didn’t you feel annoyed and inconvenienced the last time a bare cupboard forced you to make a trip to the supermarket down the street? If that is all you felt, you are among the more fortunate Mississippians. For more than a quarter of your fellow Magnolia State citizens – predominantly those  in economically distressed communities and regions ...

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New owner to begin major renovations at Natchez Regional

NATCHEZ — Construction plans have been finalized and Natchez Regional Medical Center needs a final bureaucratic nod before work can begin to bring Natchez’s two hospitals together. Hospital Chief Executive Officer Eric Robinson tells The Natchez Democrat code approval can take up to 30 days, so he expects the hospital will hear from the state during the month of April. NRMC ...

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