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Foundation launches fundraiser for new nursing school

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has launched an $8-million fundraising campaign to help construct a new facility for the University’s School of Nursing. The School of Nursing Building Campaign has received a $4-million commitment from the Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg Inc., a gift that will name the proposed building Asbury Hall, pending College Board approval. The facility, ...

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Colleges turning away nursing school applicants

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Amid a statewide nursing shortage, hundreds of qualified applicants for nursing degrees are not being admitted to programs in Mississippi because the colleges can’t meet the demand. The Clarion-Ledger reports community colleges face the most severe admissions limitations. At East Central Community College in Decatur, for example, 485 qualified applicants submitted bids for this fall’s associate’s degree ...

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HMA names new CEO of Central Mississippi Medical Center

JACKSON — Charlotte W. Dupre’ has been promoted to CEO at Central Mississippi Medical Center (CMMC) in Jackson, effective Dec. 14. Dupre’ joined Health Management Associates (HMA), which operates CMMC, in January as the COO of Physicians Regional Medical Center–Pine Ridge in Naples, Fla. Prior to joining HMA, she was the CEO at River Parishes Hospital with LifePoint Hospitals, in ...

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Hospital trims staff's hours in budget-cutting move

MERIDIAN — A Meridian hospital has reduced hours for its staff in what is described as a budgetary move. Anderson Hospital CEO Ray Humphreys tells WTOK-TV hours have been trimmed from 40 per week to 36. He says it covers everyone except those in jobs considered critical. Humphreys says the hospital has experienced a $1.4 million reduction in Medicaid reimbursement ...

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State ranks as unhealthiest in U.S. for 10th consecutive year

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The latest national health rankings show that once again Mississippi is the unhealthiest state in the nation. The study done by the United Health Foundation ranked Vermont the most healthy for the third year in a row and the fourth time in the last five years. New Hampshire ranked as the second healthiest state and Maine ranked ...

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Hospital drops Transcare, signs Lifecare

MACON — Noxubee General Hospital has switched to another ambulance service. WCBI-TV reports the hospital’s board of trustees allowed Transcare’s contract expire. The hospital has signed a new contract with Lifecare, a Carthage-based company. Hospital Administrator Danny McKay says Lifecare made a more competitive bid. McKay says Lifecare agreed to have two ambulances ready to serve Noxubee County at all ...

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Report warns of lack of nurses in rural areas

STARKVILLE — A rural health authority and demographer at Mississippi State University warns that fewer nursing students returning to less populated parts of the state could have serious consequences on health care. Ronald Cossman, an associate research professor at the university’s Social Science Research Center, said a survey of nursing students currently enrolled in Magnolia State colleges and universities showed ...

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Bapitst completes acquisition of hospital, clinic

CARTHAGE — Baptist Health Systems has completed the purchase of Leake Memorial Hospital/Extended Care and Clinic facilities. Baptist had been overseeing operation at the facilities since March. Baptist officials anticipate the transition of leadership will be complete sometime in January. Baptist Health Systems, based in Jackson, is the parent company of Baptist Medical Center, The Mississippi Hospital for Restorative Care ...

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College wants former students' lawsuit dismissed

JACKSON — For-profit Virginia College has asked a Hinds County judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by 14 people who allege they participated in a pilot program at the college’s Jackson campus to become licensed practical nurses only to find out the program was never accredited by the state. The Clarion-Ledger reports the Birmingham, Ala.-based company argues in court documents ...

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UMMC offering first nurse residency program

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s hospitals are offering new nurses a one-year residency program to help nursing graduates adjust to the stressful daily grind of frontline healthcare. According to UMMC, they are the first hospitals in the state to offer this program. The Nurse Residency Program is a concept established by the University HealthSystem Consortium and the ...

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