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July 09, 2013


This summer travelers have a comprehensive new on-line resource for information about keeping safe and healthy while traveling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Travelers Health website includes tips on important topics such as food and water safety, avoiding insect bites, road safety and more. There is also a section which provides information about traveling with children, what pregnant travelers should know, issues specific to seniors, persons with disabilities, traveling with pets and other important messages.

Whether the purpose of your trip is for adventure/leisure or business, your destination is located in a hot climate, a cold climate or high altitudes, whether it is a personal vacation, or a group trip, the site offers a wealth of information to help you plan a trip that will leave you only with pleasant memories, and not a serious disease, injury or worse.

In addition to the Traveler’s View, a Clinician’s View provides your doctor with the information he or she needs to advise you during a pre-travel consultation. Customized Traveler and Clinician Destination pages, offer easy to read lists of vaccines and medicines you may need before your trip, a healthy travel packing list, travel notices for your destination and information about what to do if you become sick during or after your trip.

For more information about safe and healthy travel, visit the CDC Traveler’s Health website at



FLOWOOD, Miss.– River Oaks Hospital’s new free standing Pediatric Surgery Center in Flowood, which opened this spring, performs same day surgical procedures for children as young as three months and up to nineteen years of age. The center already has been utilized by physicians from a variety of specialties.

“Our state-of-the-art facility and professional staff provide quality treatment with warm compassion in a personalized environment,” said River Oaks Hospital CEO Dwayne Blaylock. “This center offers parents the convenience of being located near their homes and communities and is designed just for children, so everyone in the family will feel more comfortable.”

Dr. April Ulmer, Medical Director and fellowship-trained pediatric gastroenterologist with GI Associates, performed the first surgical case at the Pediatric Surgery Center at River Oaks. “The Pediatric Surgery Center offers parents, whose children are having minor outpatient surgery, the option to have the procedure in a nurturing, comfortable environment,” said Dr. Ulmer. “It was an honor to perform the first case at the Center.”

Dr. Jay Young with Central MS Ear, Nose and Throat, who trained in otolaryngology, is also performing surgery at the Pediatric Surgery Center. He has performed a variety of procedures including myringotomy tubes, adenotonsillectomy, and minimally invasive sinus surgery.

“The Pediatric Surgery Center was designed to meet not only the surgical but just as important the emotional needs of children,” said Dr. Young. “It provides a wonderful environment that is both child and family friendly.”

The Pediatric Surgery Center is located adjacent to River Oaks Hospital in Flowood. For more information, please contact Wendy Polk, Director of Marketing, 601-936-1158.



This August, residents of Southwest Mississippi will have the unique opportunity to participate first hand in a landmark new cancer research study, Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). This is an opportunity for those who have never been diagnosed with cancer to actively get involved in the very research Relay For Life efforts help to fund, to help prevent cancer for this and future generations.

Enrollment will take place at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, Lawrence County Hospital, Isle of Capri Casino Hotel and St. Mary Basilica during August 20-22. Appointments must be made in advance. Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to visit now to schedule an appointment. For more information or to enroll, please visit or call 1-888-604-5888.



JACKSON, Miss – Jackson Eye Associates is relocating its Jackson location to 1200 North State Street in late summer 2013. The new location will offer a full-service ophthalmology clinic on the third floor and an optical boutique on the first floor.

The new building is located directly across the street from JEA’s current location at 1190 North State Street in Medical Arts East. The new space is part of the Belhaven Building, which opened in June 2013. The five-story building houses other medical offices as well as retail, dining, and banking businesses. Connected to the building is a new 800-spot parking garage. A sky bridge will allow patients to safely and easily cross State Street.

“We can’t wait for patients to experience our new location,” said Dr. John McVey. “Everything about this move was designed with them in mind, from the convenience of having our Optical Boutique on the first floor to the improvements in parking.”

For more information about the new location



JACKSON, Miss. – On June 12, 2013, twenty-seven Mississippi mayors kicked off the Mississippi Mayors’ Let’s Play Challenge, a statewide competition designed to get families across Mississippi active. During the contest, the mayors are asking participating city residents to log on to and take the Let’s Play Pledge to devote at least one additional hour of active play each week. At the end of the challenge, October 7, 2013, the city that receives the greatest number of pledges as a percentage of its population will win a new playground built in partnership with Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM!. The Mississippi Mayors’ Let’s Play Challenge is a contest of Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group dedicated to getting kids and families active nationwide.

While childhood obesity may be slowly declining in Mississippi, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state led the nation in obesity with 34.9 percent of residents considered obese. By taking the Let’s Play Pledge, Mississippi families across the state demonstrate their renewed commitment to healthy living, and making physical activity a daily priority.

The following Mississippi Mayors are participating in the Let’s Play Challenge: Cecil Belle of Aberdeen, MS; Howard Boozer of Amory; Les Fillingame of Bay St. Louis; Phil Malone of Byhalia; Tommy Irwin of Corinth; Rusty Quave of D’Iberville; Tommy Lott of Eupora; John Cox III of Greenville; Frances Ward of Gunnison; Johnny L. DuPree, of Hattiesburg; Harvey Johnson, Jr. of Jackson; Miriam Holder of Lumberton; Joe Shegog, Jr. of Marks; Whitney Rawlings of McComb; Cheri M. Barry of Meridian; Connie Moran of Ocean Springs; Louise F. Cole of Okolona; Samuel Rikard of Olive Branch; Gloria T. Holland of Plantersville; Fred Reeves of Port Gibson; Gene F. McGee of Ridgeland; Sharkey Ford, Sr. of Tchula; Jack Reed, Jr. of Tupelo; Melvin “Mel” Hawthorne of Vaiden; Bobby G. Williams of Verona; David A. Garcia of Waveland; and Scott Ross of West Point.

For more information log on to, call Chris Barnes at 972-673-5539 or Brian Bell at 972-673-6688.

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