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Little returns to state to head Baptist-Golden Triangle

Columbus — When Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle recently named its new administrator and CEO, it brought back a familiar face to the North Mississippi healthcare community. This marks Jason Little’s second stint in healthcare administration in the region, and he said he is glad to be back. “Mississippi is a terrific state,” the Tennessee native said. “Mississippi has some outstanding ...

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Teaching ethics a growing need among healthcare professionals

Almost daily, ethical issues in healthcare grow more complicated. With rapidly advancing science and treatments come moral concerns that were unheard of just a few years ago. Healthcare professionals are on the frontline of these crucial issues, and schools are making efforts to prepare them. Dr. Rick Boyte, associate professor of pediatrics and chairman of the Ethics Advisory Committee at ...

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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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Southern Bone & Joint offering patients one-stop medical shop

Hattiesburg — Southern Bone & Joint Specialists, P.A., is a trend-setting healthcare practice. As Mississippi’s first comprehensive musculoskeletal center, they offer an array of specialty medical services and call themselves a one-stop center for assessment and management of conditions of bone, joints, muscles, nerves and tendons. Opened in 2000, the professional association has three components, according to CEO David Burckel. ...

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