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BILL CRAWFORD — Does pro-life Mississippi let people die or help them live?

Is Mississippi only pro-life when it’s easy? Or are we pro-life when it’s hard too? I am led to ask these questions by two occurrences discussed below. (Too many similar tragedies and uncaring attitudes occur across our state.) This first one was profiled in the Clarion-Ledger last week. “A woman died after suffering a simple asthma attack,” read the headline. ...

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Memorial names 4th Quarter 2018 STAR recipients

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport has named the recipients of the Fourth Quarter 2018 Star awards, which recognize customer service. The recipients are, from left, seated, George Shrout, Security; Dawn Harris, Emergency Services; Rita Darden, Supply Chain and Distribution. Standing: Trisha Watts, Cardiac Cath Lab; Courtney Turner, Cardiology; and Michael Mallette, Professional Development. (Courtesy of Memorial Hospital)

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Bertschler joins Merit Health in Byram

Merit Health Medical Group has added Erica Bertschler, CFNP, to its allied health staff in Byram. Erica holds her master of science degree in nursing from the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. Additionally, she holds her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Delta State University in Cleveland.

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St. Dominic earns Outstanding Achievement Award for cancer care

St. Dominic Hospital was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). St. Dominic’s is one of a select group of 24 accredited cancer programs in the United States to receive this national honor for cancer surveys performed in 2018. St. Dominic’s also received the three-year accreditation for the ...

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Merit Health welcomes Sendra

Merit Health Medical Group has added Fidel Sendra, MD, cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, to its active medical staff. Sendra joins the current Merit Health Medical Group cardiovascular team in both Jackson and Vicksburg. Sendra performs all aspects of adult cardiac and thoracic surgery, including cardiac stents, angioplasty and bi-pass operations. Sendra received his medical degree from the New York University ...

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Hattiesburg Clinic presents annual employee awards

Hattiesburg Clinic held its annual Employee Recognition and Awards Banquet at Southern Oaks House & Gardens in Hattiesburg. The Annie Ruth Johnston Employee of the Year award went to Julie Russum, manager for the Pulmonary Medicine department. This honor is awarded to an employee who exercises loyalty and dedication to Hattiesburg Clinic as demonstrated by the employee for whom the ...

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AGC of Mississippi announces 2019 president and board of directors

Matt McWilliams, Thrash Commercial Contractors, Brandon, was installed as president of the Associated General Contractors of Mississippi Board of Directors for 2019. McWilliams is a native of Indianola, and a 1991 graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in Civil Engineering. He graduated from the University of Mississippi Law School in 1994. McWilliams joined Thrash Commercial Contractors in 2001 ...

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Merit Health welcomes Lomax

Merit Health Medical Group has added Terica Lomax, NP-C, family medicine provider, to its staff. Lomax holds her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Howard University in the District of Columbia. She holds her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Lomax specializes in primary care and can treat your family for everything from minor ...

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Memorial Physician Clinics welcomes Hardwick

Memorial Physician Clinics welcomed James Hardwick, MD, FACC, in the practice of cardiology at Memorial Physician Clinics, Coast Heart Institute in Gulfport. Hardwick received his Doctor of Medicine from Wake Forest University/Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston Salem, NC. He completed his internship at the University of Florida at Orlando Regional Hospital, and internal medicine residency at the University ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Hospitals closing and healthcare for working poor becoming campaign issues

“Half of Mississippi’s rural hospitals at risk of closing, report says,” read the startling headline in Mississippi Today. “Thirty-one of Mississippi’s 64 rural hospitals, or 48 percent, are at ‘high financial risk,’ according to a national report of rural hospitals from independent consulting firm Navigant,” read the article. Perhaps even more startling was this from an article in News Mississippi: ...

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