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Baptist Golden Triangle receives award for treatment of heart attack patients

Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2019. The Columbus facility is one of only 86 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. The award recognizes Baptist Golden Triangle’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and ...

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Louisiana launching medical marijuana after years of waiting

Louisiana is becoming the first Deep South state to dispense medical marijuana on Tuesday, four years after state lawmakers agreed to give patients access to therapeutic cannabis. Nine pharmacies are licensed to dispense medical marijuana across Louisiana and most are expected to open this week. Louisiana joins more than 30 other states that allow medical marijuana in some form. And ...

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Forrest General first in state to use new compound to illuminate brain tumors

Forrest General became the first hospital in Mississippi to use Gleolan™ (aminolevulinic acid HCl) for enhanced visualization of high-grade gliomas (including glioblastomas), or tumors occurring in the glial cells of the brain. This solution causes tumor cells to glow red under blue light allowing the neurosurgeon to remove as much of the tumor as possible without affecting healthy brain cells. ...

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Board of Mental Health names new chair, vice chair, new member

The Mississippi Board of Mental Health has been joined by one new member, and a new chair and vice chair have been named for the 2019-2020 year that began July 1, 2019. Dr. John Montgomery of Ocean Springs will serve as the chair of the Board of Mental Health for the coming year, and Dr. Manda Griffin of Houlka will ...

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Mold problems addressed at military residential meetings

Officials at Keesler Air Force Base and the contractor in charge of base housing have met with residents to address problems they’ve faced there, including recurring mold. WLOX-TV reports the base in Biloxi held two meetings this week. The contractor, Hunt Companies, had been accused of failing to improve poor living conditions. U.S. Air Force Col. Paul Fidler is deputy ...

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Bennett joins Hattiesburg Clinic Pain Management Health Center

Melinda “Mindi” Bennett, CNP joined Hattiesburg Clinic Pain Management Health Center. Bennett, who has been a nurse practitioner at Hattiesburg Clinic for nearly eight years, will provide care to patients with chronic pain at Pain Management. Bennett has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. She ...

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BREAKING — Mississippi declares Hepatitis A outbreak, urges vaccination

Mississippi health officials said the state, like others nationwide, is seeing an outbreak of contagious liver disease Hepatitis A and urging people to get vaccinated. Twenty-three cases of the disease have been confirmed in Mississippi since April, State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said in a statement Wednesday. Over the nine previous years, Mississippi averaged about five cases a year. Hepatitis ...

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Johnna Carter named employee of the quarter

Johnna Carter was named South Mississippi State Hospital’s second quarter 2019 Employee of the Quarter. She is a lifelong resident of Hattiesburg and graduated from Oak Grove High School. Carter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from William Carey University. She earned Licensed Professional Counselor ...

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CIS welcomes Dr. Zaid Altheeb

Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) welcomes Dr. Zaid Altheeb, interventional cardiologist, to its CIS clinic in Meridian at 4909 Great River Drive. Dr. Altheeb joins the CIS Meridian team comprised of nine cardiologists and six nurse practitioners who provide complete cardiovascular care to the community of Meridian. Dr. Altheeb studied at Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, ...

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Forrest General Hospital among nation’s top performing hospitals

For the fifth consecutive year, Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2019. Forrest General is one of only 225 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. The award recognizes Forrest General’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients.

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