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Barbour recovering from surgery, prognosis 'excellent'

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour is recovering from back surgery, and says he will be back full time before the week is out. Yesterday, Barbour had minimally invasive, out-patient surgery on his low back. The surgery was scheduled to address a minor back issue commonly encountered in active individuals and former athletes. “The procedure was a success and the prognosis ...

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Fitch gives Memorial Hospital bonds an 'A'

GULFPORT — Fitch Ratings has affirmed at “A” two City of Gulfport, Mississippi bonds issued on behalf of Memorial Hospital at Gulfport (MHG). The bonds are $25.3 million hospital revenue refunding & improvement bonds, series 1994A and $59.5 million hospital revenue bonds, series 2001A. Fitch assigned the bonds a rating outlook of “stable.” Fitch wrote: “The ‘A’ rating is supported ...

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Southern Heart Center pioneers outpatient PET/CT

HATTIESBURG — According to Southern Heart Center, a service of Hattiesburg Clinic, it is the first facility in the state to provide patients with access to a cardiac Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computerized Tomography (CT) scan in an outpatient clinic setting. The group has been using the technology for diagnostic purposes since November and has performed the 30-minute cardiac ...

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Singing River asking county for loan for healthcare mandates

PASCAGOULA — Singing River Health System officials say they need a $37.5-million loan, with most of the money needed to meet President Barack Obama’s impending health care mandates. The Mississippi Press reports hospital representatives asked Jackson County supervisors yesterday for a bond issuance. The largest portion of the money — $22 million — would be used on electronic medical records, ...

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Jackson physician convicted of fraud scheme

JACKSON — A federal jury has found a Jackson physician guilty of orchestrating a $6.9-million Medicaid and Medicare fraud scheme. Dr. Cassandra Faye Thomas faces a maximum 125 years in prison after his April 8 conviction on 10 counts by a jury of eight women and four men. The 54-year-old Thomas and many of her family and friends sobbed after ...

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The risk of the rays

After a rather harsh winter, the dazzling warmth of the spring sun will be a welcome change for most Mississippians. Outdoor activities such as gardening, going to the beach or just sitting in the backyard with a cold beverage to absorb a few rays are on the horizon. But behind the fun in the sun lurks the risk of skin ...

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Not ready to give up stethoscope

Success as a novelist hasn’t lured Jackson obstetrician away from his chosen profession To the casual observer, practicing medicine and writing novels does not appear at first glance to fit together. Apparently, nobody told Darden North. A respected Jackson obstetrician/gynecologist who writes award-winning novels with the same deft touch in which he delivers babies, North is making a name for ...

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PA program has May date circled for its opening

First class of 30 will reap rewards of two years of planning, development Nobody is happier about the introduction of the physician assistant program at Mississippi College than Dr. Robert Philpot. “It was like God was looking at my to-do list and checking it over,” said the chairman of the new department. “It’s been a very exciting 18 months preparing ...

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Setting the standard

The ancient Greek physician Herodicus is sometimes referred to as the very first doctor of sports medicine. Ask most people in the medical and athletic communities who are the standard bearers for sports medicine in Mississippi and the answer is the three Jackson surgeons who founded Mississippi Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center. While Herodicus’ theories are considered the foundation of ...

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Bridge to nowhere

After falling into a 41-day coma following his car accident, and after passing tests at the hospital where they stitched his body back together, Johnny McGinn was told he could go home. For McGinn, and thousands of Mississippians like him who have experienced catastrophic injuries, the excitement of finally being wheeled out of the hospital would be crushed under the ...

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