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City, county strike hospital deal with Baptist

OXFORD — The City of Oxford and Lafayette County have sold the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi building to Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. In 2009, Memphis, Tenn.-based Baptist announced plans to replace the current hospital with a new $300-million medical center. It sought to purchase the existing facility and buy its way out of a lease with the city and ...

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Hospital expansion project to get underway this year

PHILADELPHIA — Construction is expected to begin by Thanksgiving on a $19-million expansion of the Neshoba County General Hospital. Plans are for a two-story structure adjacent to the existing hospital. Hospital Administrator Lonnie Graeber tells The Neshoba Democrat that construction will be completed in two phases, the first being a completely new hospital just south of the current structure in ...

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Clinic's patients might have been exposed to virus

SUMMIT — Patients at a clinic in Summit may have been exposed to a viral infection and are being told to get checked out, according to Mississippi health officials. State health officer Dr. Mary Currier tells the Enterprise-Journal that the situation arose after some patients of the Rose Cancer Center showed up at the Southwest Regional Medical Center in McComb. ...

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New law whittles appeals chain for healthcare providers

A bill that became law July 1 will streamline the certificate of need process for healthcare providers, but could also be the beginning of the end for the entire CON process, said a key House committee chairman. House Bill 826, passed last session, provides a direct appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court for hospitals dissatisfied with a CON ruling from ...

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Waller questions constitutionality of CON appeal

JACKSON — A lawsuit between two companies competing to operate a kidney dialysis treatment center in Montgomery County has shifted to the Mississippi Supreme Court. The Supreme Court, however, is questioning whether it should hear the case. A new state law provides that appeals of certificate of need decisions by the Department of Health go directly to the Supreme Court. ...

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Four new cases of West Nile virus discovered

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting four new human cases of mosquito-borne West Nile virus (WNV). The cases were reported in Coahoma, Hinds, Marion and Pearl River counties. This brings the state total for 2011 to five. One human case was reported in Tallahatchie County in May. The MSDH only reports confirmed cases to ...

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Singing River opens new mental health facility

GULFPORT — Singing River Health System has cut the ribbon on its new location in Gulfport for providing behavioral health services. “We’re fortunate with Singing River Health System to have seven physicians and nine therapists that work with our program,” said Lynn Truelove, COO for programs, SRHS. “We’re now in a position where we can provide services beyond just the ...

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ICC kicks off fundraising for health facility

TUPELO — Itawamba Community College has kicked off a three-year campaign to raise $8 million for a new health science education center on the school’s Tupelo campus. ICC President David Cole says the school has pledges of $5 million to the training center, $2 million. He says ICC will also apply $2 million of grants to the construction. The center ...

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Hospitals in Philadelphia, Meridian affiliate

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. — Neshoba County General Hospital has signed an affiliation agreement with Anderson Regional Medical Center of Meridian. Officials with both hospitals say the deal is not a purchase or lease agreement but a working agreement. Neshoba General CEO Lonnie Graber says the Philadelphia hospital will have access to Anderson’s business expertise and expand health care resources at part ...

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Alabama still collecting tax for Confederate vets

MOUNTAIN CREEK, Ala. — The last of the more than 60,000 Confederate veterans who came home to Alabama after the Civil War died generations ago, yet residents are still paying a tax that supported the neediest among them. Despite fire-and-brimstone opposition to taxes among many in a state that still has “Heart of Dixie” on its license plates, officials never ...

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