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Health Department awards CONs to five projects

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has issued five certificates of need (CONs) for projects scattered across the state. Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital in Kosciusko has received CON authority for the cost overrun to CON #R-0812 (expansion/renovation of hospital). The proposed expenditure was changed due to additional costs from excavating an existing landfill and filling with ...

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UMMC to begin liver transplants next year

JACKSON — With the addition of a new transplant surgeon, the University of Mississippi Medical Center will begin offering liver transplants next year. Dr. Chris Anderson, who specializes in adult and pediatric liver and kidney transplants, has joined UMMC and will see patients through University of Mississippi Health Care. Anderson, a Lucedale native who previously worked at Washington University in ...

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Hybrid Plastics technology used in pioneering procedure

HATTIESBURG — Medical history was made in recently with the world’s first synthetic organ transplant, according to Hattiesburg-based Hybrid Plastics. A terminally ill cancer patient received a new lease on life with the transplant of a synthetic trachea made from a POSS nanocomposite polymer. The composite made from POSS and PCU (Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane & Poly (carbonate- urea) Urethane) had ...

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DuPree makes history, wins Democratic nomination for Mississippi governor

He is the first black candidate to win a major-party nod for the state’s top job JACKSON — Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree has won the Democratic nomination for Mississippi governor, becoming the first black candidate to win major-party nod for the state’s top job. DuPree defeated Clarksdale attorney and developer Bill Luckett in Tuesday’s Democratic primary runoff. He advances to ...

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Supervisors to apply for loan for new hospital

PHILADELPHIA — Neshoba County supervisors have agreed to apply for a $4-million loan to help finance the construction of a new hospital. Officials tell The Neshoba Democrat that the hospital will pledge revenue and assets to ensure the repayment of the loan. Construction is expected to begin by Thanksgiving on the $19-million hospital project, which will be completed in two ...

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Health Department reports another West Nile virus case

HINDS COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports one new human case of West Nile virus in Hinds County, bringing the state’s total to 15 for 2011. So far this year, cases have been reported in Coahoma, Forrest (two), Hinds (three), Jones (three), Pearl River (four), Tallahatchie, and Wayne counties. A previously reported Marion County case was ...

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Baptist, governments wrap up hospital deal

OXFORD — After two years of negotiations, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp has completed the purchase of a building it had been leasing from local governments. The BMH North Mississippi hospital was sold for more than $60 million. The City of Oxford and Lafayette County will jointly share the profits. The hospital will move forward with building a new $250-million ...

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Winn-Dixie issues recall of chocolate drink

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. is voluntarily recalling “Winn-Dixie Choco Charm Chocolate Drink” from its in-store dairy departments because the product may be mislabeled and may contain the undeclared allergen of wheat. Individuals sensitive to wheat protein can suffer a moderate-acute allergic reaction. Sold in the dairy department of Winn-Dixie and SaveRite stores, the “Winn-Dixie Choco Charm Chocolate Drink” ...

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New research network 'MissiON' launches

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour has unveiled MissiON, the Mississippi research network, an expanded broadband technology system to serve the state’s research universities and facilities. The project was created in collaboration with AT&T. The network will serve the Mississippi Research Consortium, which is comprised of the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, University of Southern Mississippi and Jackson State University, ...

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Aldermen vote to keep funds intact from hospital deal

OXFORD — The Oxford Board of Aldermen has voted to keep intact the $30 million it is getting as its share of the sale of a hospital building to Baptist Memorial Health Care Corps. The board had voted to set aside $2 million of the $30 million to pay for some immediate community needs, while investing the remaining $28 million ...

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