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Singing River officially opens new Northwest Tower

OCEAN SPRINGS — Singing River Health System (SRHS) recently celebrated the newest addition to its facilities with a building dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Northwest Tower at Ocean Springs Hospital. The $16.5 million, 88,000-square-foot facility is home to the surgical pre-op and post-op care areas for same day surgery, the Congestive Heart Failure Clinic and a new patient ...

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Health care group wants to put smoking ban on ballot

JACKSON — Having failed to persuade lawmakers to ban smoking in public places, the Mississippi State Medical Association now wants lawmakers to put the question to voters. The association, which represents Mississippi’s 4,700 physicians, announced this week it will gather petition signatures in doctors’ offices asking the 2015 Legislature to set a referendum. “We hope we get 100,000 people or ...

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State petitioning court to uphold abortion clinic law

JACKSON — Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a 2012 state law requiring abortion clinic doctors to obtain hospital admitting privileges. In late July, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the law is unconstitutional because it would close Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood filed papers yesterday ...

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One new case of chikungunya virus identified; resident dies of West Nile

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new human case of chikungunya (chih-kihn-GUHN’-yuh) virus. Health officials say in a news release the newest case occurred in a resident who recently returned from the Dominican Republic. This is the sixth human case reported in a Mississippi. The five cases previously reported occurred in travelers to Haiti and ...

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Hospital agrees to pay fine for mishandling hazardous waste

GULFPORT — A Gulfport hospital is paying an $87,000 fine for improperly handling hazardous waste. Garden Park Medical Center agreed in May to pay the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality $87,100 for violating 21 separate rules governing the storage and disposal of hazardous waste. A May 19 order published by the department said the violations were found in an August ...

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Health Department identifies more human cases of West Nile virus

ADAMS COUNTY and RANKIN COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting two new human cases of West Nile virus for 2014. The new reported cases are in Adams and Rankin counties. So far this year, West Nile cases have been reported in Adams (1), Hinds (1), Newton (1) and Rankin (2) counties. The Department of Health only ...

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Hospital cutting salaries, some by as much as 20 percent

NATCHEZ — Natchez Regional Medical Center has announced a 10 percent salary reduction for all employees and managers with some while upper and some middle management-level workers will see a cut of 20 percent. The hospital announced the cuts in a news release this past week. The hospital says it is trying to shore up its finances to remain until ...

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Court of Appeals blocks provision in new state abortion law

JACKSON — Mississippi’s governor and attorney general will have to decide whether to challenge a federal appeals court ruling that is keeping the state’s only abortion clinic in business. A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 yesterday to block a 2012 Mississippi law that requires abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. When ...

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Singing River shutting doors on two Coast clinics

PASCAGOULA — Singing River Health System says two primary care clinics in Gautier and D’Iberville will close Aug. 29. “Realigning the clinics is a tough decision that we feel will help make our organization stronger without compromising our quality of care,” Dr. Randy Roth, SRHS interim chief medical officer, said in a news release Monday. “The actions we are taking, ...

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