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NMMC begins major construction project

TUPELO — North Mississippi Medical Center has started construction on its $55-million expansion that includes a new five-story west tower plus renovations to the hospital’s main unit. NMMC officials tell the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that when work is completed in 42 months, rooms in the old tower and the new facility will be larger. Officials say staff will have ...

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Anderson completes agreement to purchase Riley

On Dec. 28, Meridian’s Anderson Regional Medical Center and Riley Hospital reached an agreement for Anderson to acquire Riley, pending regulatory approval. Anderson’s pursuit of Riley officially began Dec. 1, when the hospital filed with the Mississippi Department of Health a notice to change ownership of Riley. The purchase, according to a press release from Anderson, will be finalized Dec. ...

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Pharmacy closing after 118 years in business

AMORY — Peoples Drug Company will close the doors Dec. 31, ending its run as Amory’s oldest pharmacy in Amory. A pharmacy has existed in the same location on Main Street since 1892. The pharmacy burned in 1893 and was rebuilt in 1894. The only thing saved from the fire were blue apothecary jars that have been on display at ...

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Hospital spending nearly $1M to build vault

MCCOMB — Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center has awarded an $879,500 bid to build a vault for the cancer center’s new linear accelerator. The Enterprise-Journal reports Smith Painting & Contracting of Hattiesburg was awarded the project in late December. The new vault at the Mississippi Cancer Institute will be next to the existing structure that holds the accelerator, used for ...

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Health Department: Flu activity 'widespread'

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting widespread flu activity throughout the state. Flu activity is monitored through the Influenza-like Illness (ILI) Sentinel Surveillance System, made up of healthcare providers in Mississippi such as family practice clinics, student health centers, pediatricians, primary care physicians and hospital emergency departments that report the percentage of patients with ...

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Anderson Regional completes purchase of Riley

MERIDIAN — Anderson Regional Medical Center has completed its purchase of Riley Hospital from Health Management Associates Inc. Both hospitals are located in Meridian. Terms of the purchase were not released yesterday. Anderson president/CEO L. Ray Humphreys says the acquisition is expected to be finalized by Jan. 1 and Anderson will take ownership of substantially all of the assets of ...

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Humphreys eyes another competitor

Anderson CEO seeks purchase Before he became CEO of Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian, Ray Humphreys held the same position at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville. In early 2005, Humphreys engineered a $20-million purchase of DRMC’s neighbor, King’s Daughters Hospital. Humphreys looks to be in acquisition mode again. On Dec. 1, ARMC filed a notice with the Mississippi ...

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Keesler lab busiest in Defense Department system

BILOXI — The 81st Medical Group Hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory team at Keesler Air Force Base treats more patients annually than any other medical facility in the Department of Defense. Led by Lt. Col. (Dr.) Steven Kindsvater, 81st Medical Operations Squadron cardiovascular services chief, the 19 medical professionals will complete more than 1,000 procedures in 2010. Most U.S. military hospitals ...

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St. Dominic's Madison hospital plans denied again

Hospital may appeal ruling to state Supreme Court JACKSON — Wednesday Madison County Chancery Court upheld the state Health Department’s August decision to deny St. Dominic Hospital’s Certificate of Need (CON) application for an expansion of its hospital into Madison County. St. Dominic’s is studying the decision to determine its next steps, said Paul Arrington, the hospital’s vice president of ...

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Health Department awards CONs for five projects

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Health has issued certificates of need (CONs) five healthcare-related projects scattered across the state. North Mississippi Medical Center has received CON authority for the renovation for and acquisition of hybrid operating room equipment. The proposed project includes a complete renovation of 1,400 square feet currently occupied on the second floor of the main ...

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