Health Briefs June 14, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Relay for Life season
comes to close
The 2013 Relay for Life season is in the home stretch.
Today at 6 p.m., teams who have worked tirelessly for the American Cancer Society will gather with cancer survivors and their communities on the Square in Ripley and the Frisco Park in Amory.
The events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (662) 844-8544.

Volunteers sought
for NMMC Hospice
Training sessions for hospice volunteers will be offered June 26 by NMMC Hospice Program.
Hospice uses a holistic approach to care for the terminally ill and their families. Volunteers assist by running errands and shopping, preparing and delivering light meals, providing companionship and other tasks.
Volunteers are particularly needed in Saltillo, Baldwyn, Booneville, Ripley, Amory, Fulton, Tremont and Thaxton areas.
Call Chris Maynard at (662) 377-7074 or (800) 852-1610.

Digestive Health opens
Starkville office

Digestive Health Specialists has opened a location in Starkville.
The group, which specializes in gastrointestinal, liver and pancreatic diseases, will see patients at their 300 Hospital Road office which opened earlier this month, as well as their 589 Garfield Street location in Tupelo.
The group which includes Drs. Stephen Amann, John Averette, Barney Guyton, Roger Huey, Noel Hunt, Allen Justice, Garrett Ogg, Sam Pace, John Phillips and nurse practitioner Ashley Vaughn.
For appointments in Starkville, call (662) 324-7484.

OCH supervisor selected as regional delegate
OCH Regional Medical Center’s Admissions Supervisor Steve Cochran has been selected as the delegate for the National Association of Healthcare Access Management’s Southeast Region.
Cochran has been employed at OCH since 2005 and is a former president of the association’s state chapter.

Foundation offers grants for medical needs
UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for families in need to pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan.
Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 per grant to help pay for medical services and equipment. To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs.
Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.uhccf.org, and there is no application deadline.