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Baptist seeking to finalize lease buyout

Progress toward new facility on hold until city, county give approval Baptist Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford has plans to build a new $300-million facility to replace its current building that dates back to the 1960s. Plans for the new facility were announced in 2009, but there still is no agreement in place between Baptist, the City of Oxford and Lafayette ...

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Ground broken for new Highland hospital

PICAYUNE — On Dec. 8, representatives from Forrest General Hospital, Highland Community Hospital, Roy Anderson Corporation and Forrest and Pearl River counties participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Highland Community Hospital in Picayune. In May 2006, Forrest General purchased what was then Crosby Memorial Hospital, renaming it Highland Community Hospital. Site work has already been completed and construction ...

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Anderson looking to buy cross-town Riley

MERIDIAN — Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian has taken a step toward purchasing nearby Riley Hospital by filing a letter of intent with the Mississippi State Department of Health. The Meridian Star said the letter was filed Dec. 1. Anderson Regional said in a statement that negotiations are underway “but no formal agreement has been reached at this time.” ...

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Harvey named president/CEO of DRMC

GREENVILLE — Delta Regional Medical Center’s Board of Trustees has named J. Stansel Harvey to serve as CEO and president. Harvey, with a master of health services administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is coming to DRMC with over 28 years of hospital leadership experience including nine years as president of a 229-bed hospital in Fort Worth, ...

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New Le Bonheur children's hospital opens

MEMPHIS — Doctors and nurses at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital on Saturday started moving patients into a new facility that promises to bring technologically advanced medical care to children in the mid-South region. Le Bonheur officials plan to move 181 patients from the existing hospital to their new facility over the next few days. More than 80 patients were being ...

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Miss. Medicare fraud sentences 10 years each

HATTIESBURG — The owners of a defunct Mississippi clinic accused of bilking Medicare and Medicaid out of millions of dollars have each been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Theddis Marcel Pearson and Telandra Gail Jones were sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg. They were also ordered to forfeit $3.6 million seized by the government and to ...

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Delta hospital avoiding patient limb amputations

Greenville — Washington County’s Delta Regional Medical Center (DRMC) has made a commitment to limb preservation and amputation prevention. The hospital’s Heart & Vascular Center doctors, Dr. Mike Trotter and Dr. Steve Chapman, have initiated a program that incorporates a multi-disciplinary team approach for limb preservation. Partnering with the Wound Healing Center and specialists in internal medicine, infectious disease, and ...

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New Oxford hospital project moves slowly

OXFORD — Officials with Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi are eager to move forward on their new $300 million hospital. The project was first announced in 2009, but negotiations with the city of Oxford and Lafayette County have not moved as quickly as hospital officials had hoped. Baptist officials want to buy out the 24 years remaining on its current lease ...

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Consider factors besides cost for Medicare Part D plan

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Medicare Part D plans with the lowest premiums may not be the best match for Medicare beneficiaries’ individualized needs, according to Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security disability representation and Medicare plan selection services. More than 1,100 Medicare prescription drug (Part D) plans are available for 2011. Most consumers have about 33 plans to choose from ...

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Congress delays cuts to dr. Medicare payments

WASHINGTON — Congress agreed Monday to a one-month delay in Medicare payment cuts to doctors, giving a short-term reprieve to a looming crisis over treatment of the nation’s elderly. The House, in approving by voice vote the bill passed by the Senate earlier this month, postponed a 23 percent cut in doctors’ pay scheduled to take effect Dec. 1. That ...

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