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Covington County Hospital Goes beyond Requirements to Achieve Full Accreditation

Covington County Hospital announces the successful achievement of full accreditation, demonstrating that it meets or exceeds the patient safety standards of the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Choosing a Bridge Between Hospital and Home

By Simal Patel, MD

There are many patients, especially elderly and frail patients, who need extra time and care before they can safely return home following debilitating injury like a broken hip, stroke, or major surgery like heart bypass. When acute hospital care is no longer necessary, these patients are often referred for short-term skilled nursing or rehabilitation services.

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Love Your Heart - and Give Your Family the Best Gift Ever!

By Dr. Andrea Bruce, DO

Celebrating American Heart Month in February is a good way to start adopting better, healthier behaviors. It's also important to look ahead and recognize the changes you make shouldn't be limited to one month a year. Rather, think of them as the start to giving yourself and your loved ones a lasting gift - better heart health - for a lifetime!

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Covington County Hospital Lab Director to Represent Mississippi at National Event

(Collins, MS) Debbie Bishop, BS, MT(ASCP), Laboratory Director for Covington County Hospital, has been invited to represent the state of Mississippi at a national training course at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

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Covington County Hospital Was Close By for Nurse's Close Call with Critical Emergency

"I didn't think anything was wrong," says Melissa Sanford-Gilmore. Because she is an asthmatic and works as a home health nurse caring for several patients who also had respiratory illness, she told her healthcare provider, "I just have a horrible cold."

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Celebrate a New Year and a New You

by Kristen Bevill, MD

It's the start of the New Year, a traditional time to think about personal growth and how to improve yourself and your life in 2016. If you've made a New Year's Resolution, you are not alone. In fact, 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year.

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12 Simple Joys To Celebrate This Holiday

by Kristen Bevill, MD

This holiday, my wish is that everyone will take time to slow down and celebrate the season with the wisdom that comes with age. Senior adults more than anyone appreciate that every day is a gift and that true joy is often found in the simplest of pleasures.

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5 Tips For Senior Adults To Have a Happy Holiday

by Kristen Bevill, MD

One of the privileges of working with older adults is seeing how people stay mentally healthy as they go through physical, emotional, or social life changes associated with aging. Even so, it is normal to experience brief periods of the blues now and then. For many seniors, those changes in mood are often triggered by the sentimentality, traditions, and expectations of the holidays.

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Facts You Should Know About the Flu & Flu Vaccine

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

How the Flu Spreads

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.


You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.

Preventing the Flu

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. There are two types of flu vaccines, the "flu shots" and the "nasal-spray flu vaccine."

The flu shot is inactivated vaccines (containing killed virus) that are given with a needle. There are three flu shots being produced for the United States market now.

The regular seasonal flu shot is "intramuscular" which means it is injected into muscle. It has been used for decades and is approved for use in people 6 months of age and older, including healthy people, people with chronic medical conditions and pregnant women.

A hi-dose vaccine for people 65 and older which also is intramuscular. This vaccine was first made available during the 2010-2011 season.

An intradermal vaccine for people 18 to 64 years of age which is injected with a needle into the "dermis" or skin. This vaccine is being made available for the first time for the 2011-2012 season.

The nasal-spray flu vaccine - a vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that is given as a nasal spray (sometimes called LAIV for "Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine"). The viruses in the nasal spray vaccine do not cause the flu. LAIV is approved for use in healthy* people 2 to 49 years of age who are not pregnant.

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