| Current Mississippi Medical News|
|Delta Task Force Recommends Eliminating Health Disparities|
The Delta is consistently ranked as one of the worst areas in the country for illnesses that result in early mortality. To put it in perspective, one report estimates there were nearly 18,000 excess deaths in the Delta in 2004, "deaths that would not have occurred had the region achieved the average rate of mortality experienced by the remainder of the nation."
|Speculation Swirls in DeSoto County CON Race|
Methodist Moving Forward; Baptist Mum on Plans
On the heels of recent news that Mississippi Board of Health members anticipate more than one certificate of need (CON) for DeSoto County, speculation is swirling about whether Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare will submit the winning CON application, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation will apply for one as well, and if other healthcare systems plan to join the competition or oppose Methodist's plan.
|Honoring "The Great White Bird" |
The Late James Hardy Continues to Impact Medicine
With his prematurely white hair and brisk walking pace, the late James Hardy, MD, glided down the halls of the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC) seemingly effortlessly, with his lab coat tails fluttering behind him like wings. The image conjured up the nickname, "The Great White Bird."
|Having a Heart-to-Heart|
"Kaky" Hardy Little Recalls Controversial Transplant in 1964
When James Hardy, MD, led the historic heart transplant on Jan. 23, 1964, controversy overshadowed the medical milestone.
Baptist DeSoto Expands from Community Hospital to Major Metro Player
SOUTHAVEN — Since opening as a community hospital in 1988, Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto has evolved into a major Memphis metro-area player in healthcare. Its staff of 1,850 employees — DeSoto County's largest private employer — are projected to service more than 50,000 emergency room visitors, 2,100 newborns, and 15,000 hospital patients in fiscal year 2009.
| AutoImmune Diseases Focus|
|Remembering Those Who Cannot|
Alzheimer's Champion Kathy Van Cleave to Lead Fundraising Walk
Kathy Van Cleave, director of the Division of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementia for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, has been named Champion for the Jackson metro area Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk, scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 10 in the Mississippi Braves Stadium of Trustmark Park in Pearl.
|Squeaking Hip Replacements Annoy and Worry Patients and Physicians|
Go ahead. Log on to www.youtube.com and type the phrase "squeaking or squeaky hip replacements" in the search box. What pops up is an array of home videos, most featuring senior patients, who are documenting a noise their replacement joint makes with each step. For some, the noise resembles the sound of air released in sporadic bursts from a child's balloon. For others, the noise – all clichés aside – sounds just like a fingernail quickly scraping down a blackboard. For some of the patients, the sound is a popping, occasionally accompanied by the squeak.
SHARON H. FITZGERALD
| Marketing/Communications Focus|
|SOS: Save Our Seniors|
Campaign Decries Impact of Proposed Cuts on Senior Care Facilities
The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and its affiliated National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) have launched a vigorous national campaign to make Congress aware of what proposed Medicare cuts and potential reform measures could mean to some of the nation's oldest, frailest and most vulnerable citizens. The SOS – Save Our Seniors – campaign is a grassroots measure encouraging long-term care providers to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill.
|Bryan K. Darling, MD|
Bryan Darling, MD, enrolled at Emory University with the intention of becoming a veterinarian. But a chance encounter with a local, well-established veterinarian changed his mind.