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Rural hospitals meet challenges to continue serving critical needs

In recent years, the number of rural hospitals closing in Mississippi has decreased significantly. But these hospitals that serve primarily low-income residents of sparsely populated rural areas have unique challenges as they struggle to stay financially viable while meeting critical health care needs in their communities. Dr. Joan Exline, associate professor of health policy and administration at the University of ...

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Rural hospitals adopt ‘grow your own’ strategies to attract staff

It certainly is not news that there is a nursing shortage in Mississippi and elsewhere in the country. But particularly when it comes to hospitals in rural areas, it can be especially difficult to attract and retain nurses, and also physicians, nurse aides and many other types of medical professionals. “I think staffing is the hardest challenge,” said Fred B. ...

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Safety guidelines factor in preventing surgical errors

If you’ve ever been on an operating table and wanted the attending nurses and physicians to make one last safety checklist to make sure they have the correct patient and procedure, you’re not alone. As of July 1, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has issued new guidelines aimed at reducing surgical errors. That organization is just ...

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