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State now has 67 stroke hospitals working together to improve care

By BECKY GILLETTE Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke, in Mississippi is the highest in the nation and the leading cause of death, accounting for more than one third of all deaths in the state, according to the Mississippi Department of Health. But there are now 67 hospitals statewide that network together to provide care that not only ...

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Lawyer, former Ole Miss football standout leads Baptist Health Systems’ board

By LYNN LOFTON Well known attorney, community leader and former Ole Miss football standout Arthur F. “Skip” Jernigan, Jr. is the new chairman of the board of trustees of Baptist Health Systems. A nine-year member of the board, he is a partner with Jernigan, Copeland & Anderson law firm in Ridgeland. Jernigan, who’s practiced law since 1972, says the role of ...

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UMMC sets $36M contract to outsource hospitals’ food service

The University of Mississippi Medical Center plans to hire an outside vendor to handle food services at its three hospitals. The College Board approved the 5-year, projected $36 million contract with Atlanta-based Morrison Management Specialists on Thursday. UMMC has been running its own food service on its Jackson campus since 2013, but the medical center says it failed to achieve ...

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Merit Health Natchez reduces its workforce by 5 percent

Lower than expected patient volumes in the wake of the consolidation of its two Natchez facilities have prompted Merit Health Natchez to reduce its workforce. While organization did not release an official count of the affected workers, they said it amounted to 5 percent of the workforce. Merit Health Natchez Chief Executive Officer Robinson tells the Natchez Democrat the reduction ...

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US stocks skid on weak health care results; Europe slumps

U.S. stocks are slipping Friday morning, while markets in Europe and Asia take hefty losses. Health care companies are falling after some weak first-quarter reports and technology companies continue to trade lower after a late plunge a day earlier. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 104 points, or 0.6 percent, to 17,726 as of 10:12 a.m. Eastern time. ...

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Jernigan named chairman

Baptist Health Systems has appointed Arthur F. “Skip” Jernigan, Jr. as Chairman of its Board of Trustees. He has served on Baptist’s board for nine years. Jernigan is a partner with Jernigan, Copeland & Anderson in Ridgeland. A native of Jackson, Jernigan is a graduate of Murrah High School and the University of Mississippi, where he earned his law degree ...

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Mississippi’s doctors eighth-highest paid in nation

» But state association chief  says long hours account for that By JACK WEATHERLY  Physicians in Mississippi – one of the poorest states – are the eighth-highest paid in the nation, according to Medscape.com. Rural areas are medically underserved because of the shortage of doctors, and Mississippi is the least competitive among all states. “Numerous government policies are aimed at ...

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HU MEENA — Now Streaming: The digitization of U.S. health care

Today’s society will be remembered as the first wave of instant access culture. Need proof? There are ghosts of companies wandering the corporate graveyard, howling at the moon because they couldn’t keep up with our thirst for immediacy. “I went to Blockbuster” is now a primitive expression, akin to “Hand me the phonebook,” or “Me, Tarzan. You, Jane.” Disruptive services ...

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$10M Sanderson gift starts $100M drive for children’s health

The CEO of Mississippi’s largest publicly held company is pledging $10 million toward the expansion of pediatric medical facilities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Joe Sanderson and his wife Cathy made the pledge Monday as the university launched a $100 million fundraising drive for Children’s of Mississippi. That’s the umbrella organization that includes the Blair E. Batson Children’s ...

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Memorial adds two doctors

Memorial Physician Clinics in Gulfport has added two doctors to its system. Calvin Ennis, MD, joins in the practice of Family Medicine at Escatawpa Family Clinic in Moss Point. Ennis received his medical degree from University of Toronto Medical School in Ontario, Canada. He completed his internship at Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, New York and family practice residency at Buffalo ...

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