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Fitch rates health system's bonds 'AA'

TUPELO — Fitch Ratings has assigned an “AA” rating to approximately $75 million in Mississippi Hospital Equipment and Facilities Authority revenue bonds (North Mississippi Health Services), 2010 series 1. Additionally, Fitch has affirmed the “AA” rating on North Mississippi Health Services (NMHS) approximately $127.6 million in outstanding parity debt, as well as the “F1+” short-term rating on the parity debt. ...

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Board of Health shorthanded due to Senate inaction

JACKSON — When the state Board of Health met earlier this month, Tupelo physician Ed Hill and Iuka physician-banker Kelly Segars were present, having been appointed to the panel earlier this year by Gov. Haley Barbour. Neither Hill nor Segars actually participated in the meeting because, for a variety of reasons, they weren’t confirmed during the 2010 session by the ...

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First West Nile virus of season found in sample

MADISON COUNTY — The first positive test for West Nile virus in Mississippi during the current season has been found in a mosquito sample in Madison County. The state health department says it will be conducting regular testing across the state during the mosquito season months of July through September. Only one positive human case has been reported so far ...

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Surgical Center signs joint venture agreement with SCA

JACKSON — Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA), a provider of specialty surgical services, has entered into a joint venture agreement with Mississippi Surgical Center in Jackson to partner in the operation of the center. Terms were not disclosed. Under the agreement, SCA and a group of physician partners will own the center, and SCA will provide management services. Dr. William Wallace, ...

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UMMC gets $9 million to study Alzheimer's

The University of Mississippi Medical Center announced today that it has received $9 million in grant money from the National Institutes of Health to study the risk factors for Alzheimer’s. The funds come from a total $26 million grant that is shared with four prominent academic medical centers. The other collaborating institutions are John Hopkins University, receiving $4.6 million in ...

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Healthcare reform offers new risk pool

JACKSON — An uninsured Mississippian diagnosed with cancer can now obtain healthcare coverage and start filing claims for treatment almost immediately. That is how a new program offered by the healthcare reform bill will work, says Lanny Craft, executive director of the separate and already existing Mississippi Comprehensive Health Insurance Risk Pool Association. The new risk pool, created by the ...

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Rehab program relocating amid restructuring

BROOKHAVEN — A drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is moving out of Lincoln County amid a restructuring of local mental health facilities. Dr. Steve Ellis, executive director of Southwest Mississippi Community Mental Health Complex, also known as Region 11, said the men’s and women’s rehabilitation programs at Newhaven Recovery Center in Brookhaven will be moved to a facility in Mendenhall ...

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Supervisors mulling prisoner healthcare proposal

NATCHEZ — Adams County supervisors are studying a request from Sheriff Chuck Mayfield to sign a contract with a Tennessee company to provided medical care for inmates. The Natchez Democrat reports that Mayfield told supervisors this week that his office currently contracts with a local nurse practitioner directly at a cost of about $50,000 annually. Mayfield says for $70,000 the ...

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State officer recommends new hospital

OLIVE BRANCH — A state health hearing officer has recommended approval of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s request to build a hospital in Olive Branch. The Commercial Appeal reports that recommendation now goes to the state health officer Dr. Mary Currier and the state Board of Health. Memphis-based Methodist Le Bonheur wants to build a $137-million hospital in Olive Branch. Memphis-based ...

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WCU-COM fills out initial class

HATTIESBURG — William Carey University has filled out its initial class for the College of Osteopathic Medicine with 108 students donning white gowns for the 2010-11 academic year, beginning in mid-August. That’s besides the 27 faculty and staff members who also have been hired. “It’s exciting obviously. It moves us one more step down the line,” William Carey president Tommy ...

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