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Whitley named health care social worker of the year

Christy Whitley, LMSW, has been named Health Care Social Worker of the Year for 2018 by the Mississippi Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care. Whitley has served as perinatal social worker for North Mississippi Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 11 years. The 34-bed intensive care nursery treats patients born at the NMMC Women’s Hospital as well ...

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Memorial Physician Clinics welcomes Schlosser

Charles E. Schlosser Memorial Physician Clinics welcomes Charles E. Schlosser, III, MD, MPH, in the practice of Pain Management and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Schlosser joins the practice with Samir Tomajian, MD, at 1340 Broad Ave., Suite 450, Gulfport. Dr. Schlosser graduated cum laude from the Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, where he also earned his Master of Science in ...

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Forrest General’s Hospice receives Best Superior Performer Award

Forrest General’s Hospice recently received the Strategic Healthcare Programs’ (SHP) Best Superior Performer Award, which recognizes the hospital for achieving an overall score that ranked within the top 20 percent in the SHP national Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Hospice benchmark and above the SHP national average for each CAHPS hospice quality measure in the 2017 calendar ...

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Merit Health Hospital names HR Director for Rankin County

Jackie Williams Jackie Williams was recently named human resources director of Merit Health Rankin, Merit Health River Oaks and Merit Health Woman’s Hospital. Williams began her career in human resources 30 years ago with Merit Health Central and most recently was human resources director of Merit Health Madison. Williams holds her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Jackson State University ...

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Mississippi Vision Foundation awards scholarships

The Mississippi Vision Foundation has named four third year optometry students as recipients of the 2018 Helen St. Clair Scholarship. Katie Edwards of Tylertown, Rebecca Gaudet of Hattiesburg, Paul Moreno of Petal, and Kristy Nguyen of D’Iberville are the recipients. All four students plan to practice in Mississippi upon graduation. Moreno is a student at the Southern College of Optometry ...

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Pafford Medical Services special response teams deployed for Hurricane Florence

On Tuesday, September 11, Pafford EMS Special Response Teams initiated deployment to Spartanburg, North Carolina. They are currently staging in Spartanburg for assignments related to Hurricane Florence disaster relief. The company was notified to deploy at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday. Within three hours of notification by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), 13 company ambulances, two wheelchair vans, and ...

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Merit Health Rankin Names CEO, CFO

Mitchell Cox Heather Sistrunk Heather Sistrunk, MHSA, BSN, RN, was recently named Chief Executive Officer of Merit Health Rankin, and Mitchell Cox has been named Chief Financial Officer. Sistrunk has over 20 years of health care experience in the Jackson market. For the past 18 months, Sistrunk has served as Chief Administrative Officer for both Merit Health Rankin and Merit ...

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Memorial Physician Clinics welcomes clinical psychologist Gaela S. Youngblood

Dr. Gaela Youngblood Memorial Physician Clinics – The Medical Oncology Group recently welcomed Gaela S. Youngblood, Psy.D., in the practice of Clinical Psychology in Gulfport. Youngblood completed her Bachelor of Arts at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, and her Master of Arts from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. She earned her Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology at The George ...

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Mississippi reaches 31 West Nile virus cases so far in 2018

A central Mississippi county is reporting its first case of West Nile virus, bringing the state’s total to 31 cases so far this year. The Mississippi State Department of Health says Monday that the new case is in Attala County. Mississippi has among the highest numbers of serious West Nile infections nationwide. Hinds County has reported 11 total cases. Adams, ...

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‘Obamacare’ insurance rates will stay level in Mississippi

Rates for Mississippians who get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are projected to stay basically level next year. The consulting firm Avalere Health and The Associated Press analyzed state data and found premiums in “Obamacare’s” health insurance marketplace will rise only 0.2 percent in Mississippi next year. That’s lower than the average 3.6 percent increase in proposed or ...

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