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Singing River offering new service to international travelers

PASCAGOULA — International travelers from the Mississippi Gulf Coast can now find all of the medical information and services they need at Singing River Health System (SRHS) MedWorks, which has begun offering pre-travel consultations and immunizations. With two international airports and two international commercial ports located less than 50 miles from Jackson County, Dr. Tom Pessoney, medical director of the ...

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Two more West Nile virus cases identified

FORREST COUNTY and RANKIN COUNTY — Two newly reported cases of West Nile virus bring the total in Mississippi this year to 18. The state Health Department announced the latest case yesterday. The department said the new cases were from Forrest and Rankin counties. There has been one West Nile virus death in the state this year, a Jones County ...

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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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