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State records first West Nile virus death

JONES COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the first West Nile virus (WNV) death for 2011. The death was a Jones County resident. Three additional cases are reported in Hinds, Pearl River and Wayne counties. This brings the state human case total for this year to 13. So far this year, cases have been reported in ...

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MSDH reports more human cases of West Nile virus

HINDS COUNTY and FORREST COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports two new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV). The cases were reported in Hinds and Forrest counties. The MSDH has now reported four new cases in a two-day period. These cases in Hinds and Forrest counties bring the state total for 2011 to nine. So ...

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Gifts, grants for new pharmacy building top $10M

JACKSON — Gifts to the “Promises to Keep” campaign and two federal grants have provided the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy with more than $10 million to construct a building at the university’s Medical Center and endow scholarships and faculty support. The campaign’s lead gift was a pledge of more than $350,000 from Medical Marketing Economics, LLC, of Oxford. ...

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MSDH reports state's seventh West Nile virus case

JONES COUNTY and PEARL RIVER COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Health has identified two new cases of mosquito-borne West Nile virus, bringing the total so far in 2011 to seven cases. Officials said the new cases were reported in Jones and Pearl River counties. For the year, West Nile cases have been confirmed in Coahoma, Hinds, Jones, Marion, Pearl ...

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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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