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Infant mortality falls faster in Mississippi than nationwide


JACKSON — Mississippi’s infant mortality rate is falling faster than the national rate, but is still high, said the state health officer, Dr. Mary Currier. She said the rate fell 28 percent between 2005 and 2014. That included a 15 percent drop from 2005 through 2013, compared to a national drop of 13 percent — national statistics for last year ...

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Mississippi infant mortality rates reach all-time low in 2014


Ensuring that babies sleep in safe environments, on their backs, and in cribs, is just one of the factors that helped Mississippi’s infant mortality rate drop to an all-time low in 2014 of 8.2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) officials report a significant downward trend in the state’s infant mortality rate between 2005 ...

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Signing up for health coverage through the exchange

Denise Woodcock received help from Joy Humes in signing up for Humana coverage. Also shown is Jakajia Woodcock, 14.

By JACK WEATHERLY Denise Woodcock had never seen a reason for her to have health insurance. After all, she said, “I hardly ever get sick.” Then she had to go to an emergency room about a month ago. That left her with a $13,000 medical bill – and a resolve to buy insurance. “That kind of scared me,” she said. ...

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UMMC’s ‘F’ in patient safety galvanizes effort

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Dr. Michael Henderson was recruited to the University of Mississippi Medical Center from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio to do what he had done there. Raise the level of quality and safety. Eight months after he signed on at UMMC, his reward was a big fat F on the hospital’s report card on patient safety. The report ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Revenue cuts putting hospitals in survival mode


A hospital CEO recently told community leaders his health system faces a financial loss this year and tough sledding in the future. In fact, a slew of changes in health care funding are turning many Mississippi hospitals from cash cows into dinosaurs. As cash cows, hospitals became economic engines for the state and their communities. A 2012 study by the Mississippi ...

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Merit Health Community campus in Natchez to close Nov. 11


NATCHEZ — The Merit Health network is closing its community campus in Natchez next month. The Nov. 11 closure comes as Merit Health Natchez finalizes a planned consolidation of the Natchez hospital market. Officials said this week the last day any new patients will be admitted to the Merit Health Natchez – Community Campus will be Nov. 8. Starting Nov. ...

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HEALTHCARE FOCUS — Breast thermal imaging an alternative for women who want radiation-free screening


By BECKY GILLETTE The effectiveness of mammograms has come under increased scrutiny in recent years because of studies that have shown about half of women aged 40 to 50 having an annual screening mammogram for ten years will have a false alarm, which leads to an estimated $4 billion per year in unnecessary follow-up testing. Another 20 percent of mammograms over ...

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FOCUS ON HEALTHCARE — Southern Miss nursing student excels while battling breast cancer


The cancerous cells in Corey Auerswald’s body could not hold down the willpower of her spirit. The joy in Auerswald’s spirit when people see or speak to her is contagious, touching people wherever she goes. Auerswald is now in her second semester in The University of Southern Mississippi nursing program, working to complete the rigorous nurse anesthetist program. She hopes ...

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