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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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Pharmacy alumni establish new scholarship

OXFORD — To help the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy recruit and retain qualified students, the Pharmacy Alumni Chapter of the UM Alumni Association has created a scholarship endowment bearing its name. The group plans to fund the endowment with proceeds from the annual pharmacy weekend golf tournament and gifts from other individuals and organizations. Last year’s tournament garnered ...

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IHL: Unemployment slowing economic recovery

JACKSON — The Jan. 2011 issue of the “Mississippi Economic Review and Outlook,” published by the Center for Policy Research and Planning of the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), is now available online at www.mississippi.edu/URC. This issue presents the state economic forecast for 2011 to 2015, and includes detailed employment forecasts by sector. Regional, national and international developments impacting the ...

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States' attorneys call healthcare reform 'dangerous'

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Attorneys for 20 states, including Mississippi, fighting the new federal healthcare law told a judge yesterday it will expand the government’s powers in dangerous and unintended ways. The states want U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson to issue a summary judgment throwing out the healthcare law without a full trial. They argue it violates people’s rights by forcing ...

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Grant to assist nurses in earning master's degrees

RAYMOND and JACKSON — Nursing students at Hinds Community College now have a springboard to launch them toward a master’s degree at the University of Mississippi Medical Center thanks to a new grant-funded program in the School of Nursing. Pathways to Advanced Practice Nursing is an initiative that aims to funnel registered nurses with associate degrees into one of the ...

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