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UMMC/HMA hospital alliance could help educationally, financially

Partnership between state’s academic medical center and for-profit hospital group could help keep more paying patients in state In response to rising healthcare costs and the uncertainty of federal healthcare reform, health care providers nationwide are consolidating, and academic medical centers and for-profit hospitals are entering into partnership agreements. The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has announced it is ...

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Hospital trims staff's hours in budget-cutting move

MERIDIAN — A Meridian hospital has reduced hours for its staff in what is described as a budgetary move. Anderson Hospital CEO Ray Humphreys tells WTOK-TV hours have been trimmed from 40 per week to 36. He says it covers everyone except those in jobs considered critical. Humphreys says the hospital has experienced a $1.4 million reduction in Medicaid reimbursement ...

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Hospital reports outbreak of salmonella, source unclear

CORINTH — Officials at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth say the hospital has received 11 positive salmonella cultures since Nov. 28. Hospital CEO Nick Napper tells the Daily Corinthian some of the cases have been admitted to the hospital. Napper says the patients who tested positive for salmonella are in stable condition or have been treated and released. He ...

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Expansion open at Batson Children's Hospital

JACKSON — Batson Children’s Hospital says its pediatric emergency department and trauma unit have tripled in size now that a $5.8 million expansion is complete. University of Mississippi Medical Center spokeswoman Jennifer Hospodor (HOS-poh-dohr) says the 16,000-square-foot facility was fully open for the first time Thursday, after weeks of moving in. It replaces a children’s emergency room built in 1982 ...

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Cities realize hike-bike trails good for local economy

>> MDOT awards $3 million for metro area improvements Cities are realizing that hike and bike trails are not only important for citizens’ quality of life but are also a powerful economic development tools. Recently, the cities of Jackson, Ridgeland and Flowood received a collective total of $3.1 million for pedestrian trail enhancements awarded through the Mississippi Department of Transportation. ...

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Biggest Loser’s Patrick House partners with WellnessPlus

WellnessPlus, a subsidiary of BankPlus, has entered into a partnership with Mississippi native Patrick House, winner of season 10 of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” House will serve as spokesperson in WellnessPlus webinars as well as educate the employees of WellnessPlus client companies on the importance of exercise and healthy eating habits. After winning “The Biggest Loser,” House decided to return ...

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Biggest Loser's Patrick House partners with WellnessPlus

WellnessPlus, a subsidiary of BankPlus, has entered into a partnership with Mississippi native Patrick House, winner of season 10 of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” House will serve as spokesperson in WellnessPlus webinars as well as educate the employees of WellnessPlus client companies on the importance of exercise and healthy eating habits. After winning “The Biggest Loser,” House decided to return ...

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UMMC, HMA mulling possible affiliation

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and Health Management Associates Inc., which owns 10 hospitals in Mississippi, are exploring a possible affiliation to expand health professions education in the state, enhance the delivery and quality of medical services and prepare both organizations for a changing national health-care landscape in the years ahead. Officials said the potential affiliation ...

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