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Health Department: Flu-related deaths soaring among young adults

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has received numerous reports from clinical partners throughout the state of flu-related deaths in younger adults, all of which were in patients unvaccinated against the flu. While physicians are not required to notify MSDH of a flu diagnosis or death, the agency monitors flu activity through the Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) ...

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Hospital to merge with larger health care network

NATCHEZ — The shareholders of Natchez Community Hospital’s parent company voted overwhelmingly yesterday to merge with a larger health care network. While the vote means NCH will have new owners, hospital officials said it will mean very little in the way of change for the hospital. The Natchez Democrat reports shareholders with Health Management Associates — NCH’s parent company — ...

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Surgeons perform state's first kidney/pancreas transplant

JACKSON — Surgeons at the University of Mississippi Medical Center recently transplanted a pancreas and kidney into a 49-year-old man, marking the first such event for the state and final piece of UMMC’s abdominal transplant line. “Our goal has been to build a complete and high-functioning abdominal transplant program,” said Dr. Christopher Anderson, UMMC associate professor of transplant surgery and ...

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Delta city to cover workers' insurance rate increase

LELAND — The city of Leland will cover increases in health insurance for its employees. The Delta Democrat Times reports that the city this week renewed its group health care plan with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. The city’s insurance consultant, Willie Lawton, told the board of aldermen new benefits under the Affordable Care Act and a 5 ...

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Health Department: Flu cases on the rise statewide

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting an increase in influenza activity over the past several weeks. “We are seeing evidence of influenza activity throughout the state,” said MSDH state epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs. “Seasonal flu usually peaks from January to March in Mississippi, but infections can be seen before and after peak season. All ...

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Town given Obamacare insurance break, but faces additional costs in 2015

SUMMIT — An insurance agent told Summit officials they will get a one-year reprieve from new regulations under the Affordable Care Act for employee health care benefits, but the mandates will likely translate into additional costs in 2015. Other small towns can likely expect to hear similar news, The Enterprise-Journal reports. Ricky Johnston of the Oakes & Johnston Agency says ...

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Supreme Court tosses doctor's breach of contract lawsuit

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has thrown out a $2.27-million judgment for a doctor in a breach of contract lawsuit. The court ordered a new hearing in Hinds County on the issue of damages. Dr. Adolfo Morales, an ophthalmologist, had alleged Central Mississippi Medical Center breached a physician recruitment contract in 2004, which would have allowed him to establish ...

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UMMC looking to buy downtown Jackson building for $6.25M

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center is seeking approval from the College Board to buy the vacant Landmark Center office building in downtown Jackson for $6.25 million. UMMC says it would move some operations downtown to the 300,000 square-foot building to move some offices out of rented quarters and eventually free up more space on campus. » READ ...

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MGCCC building new $12M nursing school facility

BILOXI — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has announced a $12 million project to build a new nursing school. MGCCC president Mary Graham says the Nursing and Simulation Complex will be located south of the William Carey University campus on Mississippi Highway 67 on about five acres of land. Officials say the groundbreaking on this ambitious project will be held ...

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