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OSHA emphasizing 'needlestick' program in Southeast

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is emphasizing a program focused on reducing the number of needlestick and sharps injuries in Mississippi at ambulatory surgical care centers, freestanding emergency care clinics and primary care medical clinics that provide acute, chronic and emergency care on an as-needed or walk-in basis.
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HMA wrapping up new hospital construction

CANTON — Health Management Associates Inc. expects to finish construction of its 67-bed, $42-million hospital in Canton this week and open the facility by the end of May. The 25-acre tract will be the new home for the Madison River Oaks Hospital, which will replace the Madison County Medical Center located near downtown Canton. It is located west of Interstate ...

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HMA acquiring controlling interest in Tri-Lakes

BATESVILLE — A subsidiary of Naples, Fla.-based Health Management Associates Inc. has executed a definitive agreement to partner with the current physician-owners of the 132-bed Tri-Lakes Medical Center located in Batesville Under the joint venture, Health Management will acquire a controlling interest in Tri-Lakes and manage its operations. The cost of the transaction was not disclosed. It is expected to ...

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Garden soon to be 'greenest' on Ole Miss campus

OXFORD — The Maynard W. Quimby Medicinal Plant Garden at the University of Mississippi will soon be the “greenest” facility on campus. Operated by the School of Pharmacy for more than 40 years, the garden is being relocated from the Coy Waller Laboratory Complex on Hathorn Road to a new site on Intramural Road. When complete, the new six-acre site ...

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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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