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Women of Excellence honored by Diabetes Foundation

These two women fearlessly blaze a trail in their career paths and passionately pursue the bettering of their communities. La’Verne Edney, JD and Anna Asher, MD are the 2020 recipients of the “Women of Excellence” award, selected by the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi and will be honored at the Ultimate Fashion Show. La’Verne Edney is from Arcola, Mississippi and now ...

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NMMC Women’s Hospital receives prestigious baby-friendly designation

North Mississippi Medical Center-Women’s Hospital has achieved the highly prestigious international Baby-Friendly designation after a rigorous review process conducted by Baby-Friendly USA, the organization responsible for bestowing this certification in the United States. This distinguished honor demonstrates that NMMC is adhering to the highest standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. These standards are built on the Ten ...

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Memorial Hospital at Stone County awarded Hospital Accreditation from The Joint Commission

Memorial Hospital at Stone County has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for hospital accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. Administrator, Lynn Truelove, states that “Memorial Hospital at Stone County underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite ...

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Memorial Hospital at Gulfport names Senior Director, Human Resources Operations

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport has named Kimberly Williams as Senior Director, Human Resources Operations. Williams joins Memorial with more than 20 years’ experience. She most recently served as Senior Director HR Systems Optimization at the University of Rochester and Medical Center. She will oversee compensation, benefits, and HRIS. Williams received her Bachelor of Science degree in Political and Computer Science from Spelman College and ...

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SECO names Attar of Madison 2020 Young Optometrist of the South

The 2020 Young Optometrist of the South is Roya Attar, OD, MBA, FAAO, of Madison. The annual award is presented by the Southern Educational Congress of Optometry International (SECO). Attar is a graduate of the University of Memphis where she earned a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology and the University of Pikeville College of Business where she earned an MBA.  She received her Doctorate of Optometry ...

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Dodie McElmurray named CEO of UMMC Grenada, UMMC Holmes County

Dodie McElmurray, former chief operating officer at West Jefferson Medical Center on New Orleans’ West Bank, has been named chief executive officer of the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Grenada and Holmes County hospitals. McElmurray, whose career first brought her to UMMC from 2004-2016, took the reins from Scott Whittemore, chief financial officer of UMMC Grenada and UMMC Holmes County. ...

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COVID-19 not yet impacting visitation and conventions on Coast and Jackson

By BECKY GILLETTE The situation with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S. is rapidly changing. An example is the number of states with confirmed cases went from 19 on March 6 to 34 states and the District of Columbia on March 9. There is great concern about nose dives in the U.S. stock markets, and how fears of ...

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Analysis: Expert will guide changes in mental health system

A federal judge has appointed an expert with more than 40 years’ experience to oversee Mississippi’s effort to provide more mental health care in community settings rather than in mental hospitals. State legislators are also working to evaluate and change how care is provided. But problems in Mississippi’s mental health care system did not happen overnight, and change will not ...

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Employers should come up with a consistent and effective plan for a possible epidemic

By BECKY GILLETTE Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have moved closer geographically to Mississippi with the recent announcement of cases in Tennessee and Georgia. Thirty states had reported cases of COVID-19 as of March 9 with a total of 500 cases. While some health officials hope that the virus will die out with warmer weather, which ...

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Mississippi governor appoints coronavirus prep committee

The top public health official in Mississippi will lead a committee to prepare the state for coronavirus, Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday. Reeves appointed a preparedness and response planning committee to be led Dr. Thomas Dobbs, a physician who leads the state Department of Health. » READ MORE: Few Mississippi businesses untouched by concerns about COVID-19 virus Dobbs said no ...

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