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Hattiesburg Clinic starts work on facilities  

By JACK WEATHERLY The Hattiesburg Clinic broke ground Wednesday for two facilities at its Tatum Park campus, located off Veterans Memorial Highway, Highway 11, in Hattiesburg. One is a two-story, 57,221-square-foot orthopedics and sports medicine building that will house clinical practice space for 14 orthopedic providers, a 9,000-square-foot physical therapy suite, community conference center and an imaging suite. The facility ...

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Pathway reaching more people with addiction across state

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT Nearly 20 years ago Dr. Brent Boyett established a medicine and dentistry practice in rural northwest Alabama.  As years went by with countless patients Dr. Boyett realized he was in the middle of a catastrophic storm in rural South and across the nation: the opioid crisis. Boyett changed his career path from dentistry to specialize in ...

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Any doctor on board? US surgeon general gives aid on plane

When the call went out for a doctor on board, the U.S. surgeon general says he gladly stepped in to help with a medical emergency on a commercial flight. Dr. Jerome Adams, an anesthesiologist, said he assisted someone on a Delta Air Lines jet as he prepared to fly Wednesday to Jackson, Mississippi. Adams tweeted that a call went out ...

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University hospital to drop top Mississippi private insurer

Mississippi’s largest hospital says it will stop accepting policies from the state’s largest private insurer, citing contract dissatisfaction. The University of Mississippi Medical Center tells Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi that it will stop accepting policies after June 30. The medical center has hospitals in Jackson, Grenada and Lexington. It says it can no longer abide a contract ...

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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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Balch & Bingham adds 7 healthcare attorneys in Jackson

Balch & Bingham recently announced the addition of partners Tom Kirkland, Allison Simpson and Andy Lowry, and associates Mary Jordan Fuller, Matt Sitton, Perry Taylor and Bea Tolsdorf to the Jackson office. This new healthcare team has experience providing counsel to private tax-exempt hospitals, for-profit hospitals, physicians and physician-practice groups, long-term care providers, home health agencies, dialysis facilities, cancer centers, ...

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Alabama-based Encompass Health to acquire Camellia Healthcare

Encompass Health Corp. has agreed to acquire the privately owned Camellia Healthcare and affiliated entities. Camellia Healthcare, headquartered in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, operates a portfolio of home health, hospice and private duty locations in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Louisiana. The company generated approximately $78 million in revenue in 2017. The purchase price was not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close ...

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Brasfield & Gorrie begins construction on University of Mississippi Medical Center pediatrics tower

General contractor Brasfield & Gorrie recently began construction on a $180 million new pediatrics tower at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held in December. Site work began in January, and the project will be completed in fall 2020. The seven-story, 340,000-square-foot tower is being built adjacent to Batson Children’s Hospital. The structure ...

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Mississippi doc named chief medical office for Molina

Mississippi doc named chief medical office for Molina Molina Healthcare has tapped a Mississippi physician to served as the chief medical officer for its Mississippi operations. Jackson area family physician Dr. Thomas Joiner will be responsible for overseeing the clinical operations, including utilization management, case management and quality improvement for Molina Healthcare of Mississippi, which won a contract last year ...

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Medical board selects executive director

By JACK WEATHERLY Dr. Kenneth Cleveland has been named executive director of the Mississippi Medical Licensure Board. The position has been vacant since July 1, when Dr. John Hall left after the board voted to not extend his contract after a year during which his aggressive style was brought to bear on physicians’ sexual behavior with patients. “We did more ...

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