By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Mississippi has plenty of work left to do, but a national report card shows the state has made significant gains in being prepared for public health emergencies. Since 2013, Mississippi improved in four out of the five broad categories on the National Health Security Index, according to […]

ICC surgical technology student April Derryberry, center, works with CSP Instrument Techs II John Nash, left, and Tabitha Oswalt as they begin the decontamination process for medical instruments at the Central Sterile Processing facility for NMMC. The facility cleans and sterilizes medical instruments 24/7 for six hospitals, four nursing homes, one surgery center and 53 clinics. They also pack 1,200 packages a month for home healthcare delivery.

For this week’s photo essay, photographer Lauren Wood goes inside the Central Processing facility for North Mississippi Medical Center. The facility is one of only a handful in the country that has made its mission to eliminate any cross-contamination in the sterilization process of medical instruments. Before it was built, a team went and toured […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Ripley banker Bobby Martin helped the Regional Rehabilitation Center set a new high water mark Tuesday. At the third annual Red Rasberry Humanitarian Award dinner, hundreds cheered the announcement that a record-breaking $100,000 had been raised for the Tupelo center, which provides physical, occupational and speech therapy […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Less than two months remain for North Mississippi Health Services and United Healthcare to find a resolution to a dispute over payments. The Tupelo-based health care system and the Minnesota-based insurer currently are in arbitration. NMHS claims the insurer owes in excess of $40 million. United Health says its […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure handed off $155,000 in grants to continue its efforts to help more women survive breast cancer. The grants to 10 organizations will assist the medically underserved and increase early detection of breast cancer at its most treatable stage with funds […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Matthew Gaskin aspired to help people as an emergency medical technician. The 23-year-old Aberdeen man ended up aiding 48 people as a tissue donor when a 2008 car wreck ended his life. Gaskin’s parents, Steve and Laura Gaskin, shared his story during a Donate Life Month ceremony […]

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal GUNTOWN – Guntown Middle School teacher Connie Gusmus believes knowledge is power, whether it’s science or first-aid. That is why Gusmus wanted seventh-grade students at the school to receive CPR training, and with it, the power to potentially save lives. On Thursday, Claire Harrelson, nurse and CPR instructor at […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Vision is the mission for Lions Clubs in Tupelo and around Northeast Mississippi. The clubs collect used glasses, conduct vision screenings and raise funds to help the needy with eye exams and glasses. “To be able to help people find a pair of glasses, they light up,” […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Traumatic brain injury can be a hidden disability, but for Richard Stafford it’s a chance to let the light of Christ shine. “I wanted people to see God is the only reason I’m alive,” said the 27-year-old Pontotoc man who has made significant strides since he was […]