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Forrest General Hospital earns top rankings for medical care

By BECKY GILLETTE Forrest General Hospital, a 512-bed facility that serves a 19-county region, recently racked up a number of prestigious quality awards, including ranking in the top 100 hospitals nationwide for patient safety in overall medical care. The awards and rankings were presented by CareChex, an information service of Quantros, Inc. that provides a composite evaluation of all components ...

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Oktibbeha hospital won’t provide some information for buyers

A county-owned hospital says it won’t produce information sought by Oktibbeha County supervisors before a June 12 deadline for potential buyers to submit inquiries. The Commercial Dispatch reports OCH Regional Medical Center board Chairman Jimmy Lindley wrote a letter to supervisors on Monday saying it would take 60 to 90 days to compile all the information sought for bidders to ...

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Direct primary care: the doctor is in

  By JACK WEATHERLY The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has been a radical departure from the traditional way of delivery of health care in the United States. It is all about insurance. So is its replacement that is being hammered out in Congress. But there is a movement afoot in the models of health-care delivery that de-emphasizes insurance. It’s ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Who cares about health care in Mississippi?

Mississippi finishes last – again – among all states in annual health ranking,” read the December headline in the Biloxi Sun-Herald. “Mississippi dropped to dead last this year among all 50 states in the annual ‘America’s Health Rankings’ released by the United Health Foundation,” continued the story. “As one of the nation’s poorest states, Mississippi has a legacy of poor ...

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Sales of 2 Mississippi hospitals close as ex-owner cuts debt

Two small Mississippi hospitals have been sold as a large Tennessee-based company tries to pare down hospitals to reduce debt. Community Health Systems said Monday that it completed the sale of a 95-bed hospital in Amory and a 112-bed hospital in Batesville to Curae Health of Clinton, Tennessee. Also on track to be transferred to Curae is the lease for ...

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Baptist hospital groups in Mississippi and Memphis merge

Mississippi Baptist Health Systems and the larger Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis, Tennessee, have completed a merger, creating the largest hospital group in Mississippi. Executives of the two systems announced the merger Monday, saying it had been completed last month. Jackson-based Mississippi Baptist had run into trouble in its efforts to computerize health records, with credit rating agencies saying ...

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Health Department looking to streamline

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Public Health districts will be reduced from nine to three to deal with budget cuts, state Health Officer Mary Currier explains in a YouTube video. The YouTube video, directed to the about 1,800 employees of the Department of Health, outlines a pending reorganization, and a yet-to-be determined number of layoffs. “We have to change ...

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New accelerated pharmacy school planned at William Carey

By BECKY GILLETTE A groundbreaking is planned soon for a school of pharmacy at William Carey University Tradition campus, which will bring pharmacy education closer to residents of South Mississippi while helping meet a shortage of pharmacists in rural areas of the region. Dr. Michael Malloy, who has been named dean of the new pharmacy school, said the closest pharmacy ...

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FOCUS ON HEALTH — Mississippi towel takes aim at bacteria

By ALEX JACKS Whether athletic or not, most people can relate to life in a locker room where special precautions are taken to prevent the spread of bacteria. Despite strict locker room hygiene practices, visitors tend to contract MRSA, E. Coli and other bacterial infections. In the past, the biggest culprit of these infections was the towel athletes used. Laguna ...

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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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