PICAYUNE — Children’s International Medical Group is proud to announce the opening of their pediatric clinic in Picayune. The clinic is one of many throughout La. and Miss. which brings compassionate care centered around pediatric patients and the community in which they live. In addition to Dr. Abiodun Balogun, Children’s International Medical Group has added Christopher Fletcher, APRN, CPNP-PC on staff, available immediately to see patients. Fletcher has 11 years experience as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Departments at Chalmette Medical Center, The Louisiana Heart Hospital, and Ochsner Medical Center North Shore. He and his wife, Melanie, live in Picayune with their three children: Tyler, Cole, and Laney. Fletcher says, “I am excited to be able to practice in the community where my family and I live. It is a privilege to be able to use my knowledge and skills to contribute to my hometown. It is a feeling like no other. “The trait I most appreciate about Children’s International Medical Group is the devotion to its staff and patients. We are truly like a family and patients are brought into that family. That translates to assurance when a parent brings their most cherished possession to us to treat.” Children’s International Medical Group had all hands on deck at the opening day of baseball season at Friendship Park. The Group sponsored a team and set up a table to give information and provide face painting for onlookers. Many parents came to get their team symbol and child’s jersey number painted on. The clinic will also be hosting an art contest with the winner to receive a weekend to a Biloxi hotel and $100 gift card. The winner will be revealed at the clinic grand opening which will be held on April 30th from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Children’s International Medical Group is located at 1016 Sixth Ave., Suite A. Hours are Monday and Friday — 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The clinic can be reached by calling 601-798-5558.
HCH: Reliable cardiac C.A.R.E.
A recent Community Health Needs Assessment was performed with the
information provided by a steering committee comprised of local
community leaders, patients and employees of Highland Community
Hospital (HCH) and assistance from HORNE LLP, in addition to
information retrieved from state and national databases.
The graduation maze
The Mississippi Department of Education has laid out a new plan that provides more options when it comes to graduating from high school. As the title of this column implies, it is quite a maze and somewhat complicated. But that is OK. Life is not simple, and the many decisions that young people have to make are sometimes daunting.
Storms make historical impact
This column is designated for economic development issues in and around the county. But at this time I feel it a huge burden to discuss the the parallels between Katrina, which impacted the entire region economically and every other area that could be impacted.
For us longtime residents of south Mississippi and Louisiana it is near impossible not to make comparisons between the destructive storm that hit the Phillipines and the experiences of August of 2005. Both storms certainly changed the lives of many residents of both areas. For the residents of that lived through Katrina, Haiyan will certainly be a benchmark in their lives.
Nissan of Picayune welcomes Dan Crumpler
Dan Crumpler is the newest addition to the team at Nissan of Picayune. The general manager said he chose the Picayune dealership from five potential dealerships because of the small town community, friendly people and the potential for growth he felt that the dealership had.
AEF opens new facility
Avon Engineered Fabrication (AEF) held its grand opening on Wednesday at its new facility at 113 Street A in the Picayune Industrial Park.
Education is economic driver
The latest labor market information indicates that Pearl River County has an unemployment rate of 8.0 %. Pearl River County ranked 23rd on the August 2013 report issued by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security; Rankin County topped the list with an unemployment rate of 4.7%. Comparisons with some of our neighboring counties find Lamar County at 5.9%, Harrison and Forrest Counties at
7.7%, Hancock County at 7.8%, and Marion County at 9.6%. The average
rate for all of Mississippi falls in at 8.4%.
Frizz opens for business
Frizz Salon, LLC, celebrated their opening with a Chamber Ribbon Cutting on October 1, at 9 a.m.
Furloughed can apply for unemployment; must meet criteria
“Go ahead and apply for employment benefits. If you have worked at least 5 consecutive quarters and meet the other standard criteria, we have been advised from the U.S. Department of Labor to accept and process these claims just as any other claim.”
—Miss. Department of Labor Communications Department Catherine Stokes
Brownstone Center for the Arts – the ‘big picture’ for impact
Pearl River Community College (PRCC) marked the grand opening of the Brownstone Center for the Arts with a spectacular performance by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. The Brownstone Center was made possible by Pearl River County native Ethel Holden Brownstone. The 1931 graduate of Pearl River Agricultural High School and Junior College bestowed a substantial gift to PRCC, of which $4 million was invested into the Center.
View community events at www.picayunechamber.org
The Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce's website allows any Chamber member or community organization to submit an event for consideration by Chamber staff to be included on the chamber's website,picayunechamber.org.
Once the event has been approved and posted on the Chamber's website it will also post to Facebook two days prior to the event and will be advertised on The Chamber Insight which is emailed to over 600 contacts each week.
See complete article in 9.21.2013 E-edition of the Picayune Item.
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