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MC to offer state's first physician assistant program

CLINTON — Mississippi College plans to add a physician assistant (PA) program beginning in May, representing the first PA training program in Mississippi, according to the private, Baptist-affiliated college. The college will learn this month if the program is accredited. Classes are set to begin May 25. Applications for MC’s PA program are being accepted for the first class of ...

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Eye Associates opens another Coast clinic

OCEAN SPRINGS — Eye Associates of the South, which has long-time clinics in Biloxi and Gulfport, has opened a third clinic in Ocean Springs. This is the medical group’s second expansion since its main clinic was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Rainna Bahadur, a partner in the group of four ophthalmologists and two optometrists, said the doctors have confidence in ...

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Bill creating registry of midwives dies in Senate

JACKSON — A bill creating a registry for midwives who practice in Mississippi is dead this session. Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee chairman Hob Bryan, D-Amory, said he would not bring up the House legislation for a vote today, the deadline for House and Senate committees to pass general bills that started in the opposite chamber. The bill earlier ...

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Barbour to Congress: States need more Medicaid flexibility

WASHINGTON — States need more flexibility to design Medicaid programs that fit unique local needs, Gov. Haley Barbour today told the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. The healthcare law will be too costly to states, enlarging Medicaid rolls and siphoning money from other needs, including public schools and law enforcement, Barbour said. In Mississippi, Medicaid is estimated to grow ...

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New comparative healthcare publication available

STARKVILLE — Information about healthcare access in the state’s 82 counties now is available through an annual publication of a Mississippi State University research center. “Monitoring Mississippi 2011: Assessing Our Health Workforce” is published by the Northeast Mississippi Area Health Education Center’s research arm, the Mississippi Center for Health Workforce. (For online orders, visit nemsahec.msstate.edu/book.php.) The health workforce center is ...

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Chiropractor gets two years' house arrest for fraud

COLUMBUS — A Columbus chiropractor has been sentenced to serve two years house arrest for insurance fraud. The state Attorney General’s Office says 63-year-old Dr. James Donovan, owner of the Donovan Chiropractic Clinic, was sentenced Tuesday to three years with one year suspended and two to serve on house arrest in a plea agreement. Lowndes County Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens ...

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Singing River to cut ribbon on medical park

PASCAGOULA — Singing River Health System (SRHS) will celebrate the newest addition to its facilities with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at Singing River Medical Park Feb. 22 beginning at 3 p.m. The $13.9-million, 76,000-square-foot facility includes all outpatient radiology, a dedicated women’s imaging area, cardiac rehabilitation services, physical therapy, The Neuroscience Center, Neurology Associates of Mississippi, outpatient lab ...

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House passes Jackson State stadium legislation

JACKSON — House Bill 1158, passed by the Mississippi House of Representatives to transfer the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium to Jackson State University, represents a “win-win” for JSU and the people of Mississippi, according to the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. The agreement to transfer the stadium property, effectively shepherded by the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, will enhance ...

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Bill looks to have midwives enter registery

JACKSON — Jolie Herndon, a Jackson woman who will soon give birth with a midwife’s help, thinks a legislative proposal to create a registry of midwives will make it safer for mothers and babies who choose home births. “What I think it’s going to do is protect the women of Mississippi. Right now, there’s really no standards of care for ...

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