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Forrest General Hospital becomes first in the state to perform a transcatheter mitral valve repair

Forrest General Hospital became the first hospital in Mississippi to treat mitral regurgitation using transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) with MitraClip therapy on Thursday, Jan. 5. The procedure was performed by a Forrest General team of cardiologists led by Christopher Douglas, M.D., cardiologist. The mitral valve, located between the two left chambers of the heart, has two flaps of tissue, called ...

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Upon turning 50, USM’s Nursing College moves to state-of-the-art home

By TED CARTER The opening of University of Southern Mississippi’s Asbury Hall for classes Jan. 17 gives USM a leading role in a strategy by which Mississippi has more than doubled its nursing school graduates since the start of the previous decade. USM’s college of Nursing already accounts for 23.55 percent of nursing baccalaureate degrees awarded in the state, followed by ...

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Researchers show off medical drones for disasters, shootings

Researchers say they hope small helicopter drones can bring medical care to areas after severe weather or mass shootings. They showed off models Tuesday at John Bell Williams Airport in Raymond. A partnership between William Carey University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Hinds Community College drone program is developing what’s called the Health Integrated Rescue Operation. The partners are ...

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Forrest Health’s CleanEarth solves medical waste disposal needs

By BECKY GILLETTE / Hattiesburg Business Today HATTIESBURG — Prior to 2000, most hospitals in the U.S. had medical waste incinerators, often on site. That included Forrest General Hospital. Then the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruled that all hospital incinerators in the U.S. had to either be shut down or be upgraded — something that could cost millions of dollars — by September ...

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USM College of Nursing begins moving into new home

Faculty and staff in the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi have started moving into their new home on the western edge of the Hattiesburg campus. The university, in a news release Tuesday, said classes are scheduled to begin in the new facility — Asbury Hall — for the 2017 spring semester. Groundbreaking on the $31 million structure was ...

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Forrest General marketing and communications brings home several awards from MHA’s Maggie Awards including Best of Show

Forrest General’s Marketing and Communications Department was honored with several awards at the Mississippi Hospital Association’s 29th Annual Maggie Awards ceremony, including Best In Show Electronic Media. The awards were given at the annual banquet held November 3 in Madison, Mississippi. This annual event is designed to recognize excellence in marketing and public relations efforts of hospitals across the state of ...

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Hattiesburg Clinic Cardiology gains accreditation

Hattiesburg Clinic Cardiology recently received a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in the area of Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Accreditation by the IAC means that Cardiology has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components in the area of Echocardiography. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to provide ...

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Southern Miss team wins Mississippi social business challenge

Team Blueprint Health from the University of Southern Mississippi took top honors in the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Social Business Challenge, with Team Addressing Disparities in Dental Care Access from the University of Mississippi Medical Center receiving the silver medal and Team LEE Activity Center from Delta State University receiving the bronze medal. The competition was held ...

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FOCUS ON HEALTHCARE — Southern Miss nursing student excels while battling breast cancer

The cancerous cells in Corey Auerswald’s body could not hold down the willpower of her spirit. The joy in Auerswald’s spirit when people see or speak to her is contagious, touching people wherever she goes. Auerswald is now in her second semester in The University of Southern Mississippi nursing program, working to complete the rigorous nurse anesthetist program. She hopes ...

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Dean: USM College of Nursing needs to move into new building

Katherine Nugent, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Southern Mississippi, says there are 1,450 reasons why the college needs to move into its as yet unfinished new home in Asbury Hall. She says that’s how many students are currently crammed into Harkins Hall, which was built around 1975. Nugent says those cramped quarters lead to several ...

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