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Progress being made at state’s mental health facilities

By LYNN LOFTON The state’s mental health system is complex and serves not only people who have a mental illness, but also those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and substance use disorders. Strides have been made over the past several years to strengthen the mental health care system to meet residents’ needs. “The progress that has been made and the ...

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Physician assistants playing increasingly important role in Mississippi health care

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi ranks as having the worst physician shortage in the country. One way to help meet that gap is the use of “physician extenders” like advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants (PA). Mississippi was the last state in the country to allow PAs to practice. The state’s first training program was launched at Mississippi College ...

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Mississippi State to launch first public university physician assistant program

By BECKY GILLETTE The first physician assistant training program at a public university in Mississippi is scheduled to begin no later than January 2021. “The Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program, housed on Mississippi State University’s Riley Campus in Meridian, will prepare clinical practitioners to meet critical needs in rural healthcare,” said Sid Salter, chief communications officer for MSU. “The ...

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Fresh food making healthful meals also delicious has fueled growth for Newk’s Eatery

By BECKY GILLETTE Newk’s Eatery was founded in Jackson in 2004 making it only 15 years old. Today it is grown from one location to one of the most successful food franchises based in Mississippi with 127 locations in 16 states. The fast-casual restaurant has gained so many fans by providing fresh meals that are as healthful as they are ...

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ALAN TURNER — NEWK’S, one of the great Mississippi success stories

Since its founding in 2004, Newk’s has rapidly grown into a Mississippi institution, expanding into more than 120 operations in 16 states throughout the Southeast and Gulf Coast regions. The company employs more than 845 people in its corporate-owned locations, and looks ahead to a bright future. Recently, I talked with Madison Newcomb, Marketing Coordinator for Newk’s and daughter of ...

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With Fred’s closed, rural Mississippi county has no pharmacy

With the nationwide closure of Fred’s Pharmacy, one Mississippi county is taking it really hard. The residents of Kemper County in east-central Mississippi now find themselves without any pharmacy in the entire county. The Clarion Ledger reports residents will have to place and pick up prescriptions at pharmacies in Meridian or Philadelphia — about a 30-minute drive to each one. Mississippi Board ...

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Southwest Health System, UMMC announce health care affiliation

JACKSON —  A new affiliation between Southwest Health System in McComb and the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson will strengthen and expand health care services in McComb and southwest Mississippi. The affiliation brings the advanced health care offerings of Mississippi’s only academic medical center to Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, a 165-bed, progressive hospital with a medical staff ...

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Mississippi hospital gets upgrades as part of takeover

WIGGINS — A Mississippi hospital is getting some upgrades as it gets taken over by another hospital. WLOX-TV reports that Memorial Hospital at Gulfport is assuming control of Stone County Hospital in Wiggins. Chas Pierce, Senior Director of System Development for Memorial Hospital, tells the news station Stone County Hospital is getting updated lighting and paint. Floors and patient rooms are also ...

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Merit Health Medical Group welcomes Dr. Morgan Miller

Family medicine physician Morgan Miller, MD, has joined Merit Health Medical Group in Byram and Jackson. Miller can treat your entire family for everything from minor emergencies to chronic disease management and preventive care. Miller received her medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson and she completed her residency at Forrest General Medical Center in Hattiesburg. ...

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Butler Snow named to American Bar Association list

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Health Law Section has recognized Butler Snow in its Seventh Annual Regional Top 10 Law Firm Recognition list. The firm ranked fifth in the South region, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. This award individually recognizes the top 10 law firms in each region (Northeast, Southeast and DC, South, Midwest ...

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