Apr 20, 2017

Clinic Opens Monticello Family Medicine, Welcomes Stephens

Hattiesburg Clinic is pleased to announce its affiliation with Monticello Family Medicine, with the addition of James W. Stephens, MD. At Monticello Family Medicine, formerly known as James W. Stephens, MD, Family Medicine, Dr. Stephens provides comprehensive family medicine care and management of both acute and chronic medical conditions, including wound care and management. He received his medical degree from the University of Belgrade School of Medicine in Belgrade, Serbia. He went on to complete a family medicine residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. Dr. Stephens is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and by the American Board of Wound Management. He is a member of the Southern Medical Association, Mississippi State Medical Association, American Professional Wound Care Association and the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine. Dr. Stephens also provides wound care and management at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven, Miss.
Apr 10, 2017

Free Memory Screenings set for May 18

Hattiesburg Clinic Memory Center will offer memory screenings Thursday, May 18, free to the public. The screenings will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Hattiesburg Clinic Memory Center, located on the sixth floor of the main clinic. Participants will check in at the front desk. Space is limited and registration is required. While the 15-minute screenings are not intended to diagnose any illness or replace consultation with a qualified health care provider, they may help uncover early signs of memory impairment or dementia. Screening participants will also receive relevant educational materials and resources. To register for a screening, call 601-268-5606.
Apr 7, 2017

Botox Treatment Proves Life-changing for Migraine Patients

[caption id="attachment_10042" align="alignleft" width="225"] Katie Walley and her son[/caption] Katie Walley is a Hattiesburg, Miss., resident whose life changed a year ago. After battling years of migraines since childhood, the condition had become too much. Walley would sometimes get three to four chronic migraines a week, which she described as “debilitating and paralyzing.” “As I got older, I remember in high school and college – especially during stressful finals – sometimes they would last two days,” Walley recalled. In 2015, after a particularly difficult month of suffering with nearly 20 headaches, her neurologist, C. Scott Lynn, MD, at Hattiesburg Clinic Neurology, recommended Botox. Walley was aware that the drug had long been used as a cosmetic injection to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles but had also been hearing about it as a way to treat migraines. She said considering how relentless her condition had become, she was eager to try. “After the first [treatment], I only had one headache following Botox. It has since decreased to none,” said Walley. Botox, an injection of the neurotoxin onabotulinumtoxinA, is the first and currently the only FDA-approved preventative treatment for adults with chronic migraines. After it was studied in large clinical trials of people with chronic migraine, the drug met the necessary requirements for safety and effectiveness and was given the green light by the FDA in 2010. Since then, approximately 100,000 people with chronic migraine have been treated with Botox. “Chronic migraine is a severe subtype of migraine. It’s typically diagnosed when a patient has a history of migraine and experiences a headache 15 or more days in a month that might last four or more hours each day,” said Wendell R. Helveston, MD, another neurologist at Hattiesburg Clinic who uses Botox to treat migraines. Dr. Helveston said the use of Botox for migraines is growing due to patients finding success with it as a way to prevent headaches. “It’s easier to get ahead of the headache and catch it before it starts, rather than trying to treat it during a chronic migraine episode,” he said. To treat chronic migraine, Botox is injected into the muscles of the forehead, side and back of the head and neck. Botox works by blocking the pain signals and allowing the muscles to relax. The treatments are usually given once every 90 days. Sherry Broome, of Lumberton, Miss., lived with migraines for at least 20 years. “I would get them several times weekly. They’d put me in bed, unable to function, vomiting,” she said. Broome first heard about Botox as an option for migraines from her sister-in-law. After beginning treatment, she noticed significant results. “I can get out of the house, go to church, spend time with my grandchildren. It gave me my life back,” she said. Jose P. Fernandez, Jr., MD, who treats Broome for her migraines, said although results vary per patient, many patients have found the treatment to be surprisingly effective. “Most patients are very pleased with the outcome. We usually find that it works better each time and, with each round of treatment, continues to reduce the number of headache days each month,” said Dr. Fernandez. That is a fact to which Katie Walley attests. She said her quality of life has drastically changed. She has not had a single migraine in more than a year. The mother of two is now able to use some of that extra headache-free time to become more active in her kids’ lives. And they’ve noticed it, too. “My boys are so happy that I don’t ‘always have a bad headache’,” she said. “I used to have to lay down before we’d do anything, and now I don’t have to do that. It is freeing.” To learn more about Botox for migraines, visit www.hattiesburgclinic.com/botox or call 601-268-5620.
Apr 7, 2017

Bellevue Family Medicine Welcomes Williamson

Adrianna G. Williamson, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Bellevue Family Medicine. Mrs. Williamson has a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala., and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She joins Jack G. Hudson, MD; Lane J. Pitts, MD; Brett D. Robbins, MD; Lisa M. Bailey, CNP; Breanne N. Leathers, CNP; and Jennifer F. Pattie, CNP, at Bellevue Family Medicine.
Apr 6, 2017

Endocrine Care Welcomes Sharp

Veronica D. Sharp, PA-C, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Endocrine Care. Sharp received her Master of Health Science in Physician Assistant Studies from University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Society of Endocrine Physician Assistants. She joins Todd W. Frieze, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU, CCD, at Endocrine Care.
Apr 6, 2017

Hospital Care Service Welcomes Foxworth

Lori S. Foxworth, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Hospital Care Service. Ms. Foxworth received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Ms. Foxworth is welcomed by the other providers at Hospital Care Service.
Apr 3, 2017

Rise & Shine Race Draws Largest Crowd to Date

More than 700 individuals, along with clinic employees and members of the community, participated in Hattiesburg Clinic’s 6th Annual Rise & Shine Half-Marathon & 5K, held Saturday at the clinic’s main campus. The event benefitted The Arc of Southeast Mississippi, a non-profit organization that serves South Mississippi residents with developmental challenges. Proceeds from this year’s event are expected to surpass $30,000 for The Arc’s Rise & Shine Program, which allows adults with disabilities the chance to take part in recreational, social and community centric activities. “We are happy to say we had more race participants this year than ever before, which means we will be able to increase our donation to The Arc this year. As always, this would not have been possible without our sponsors and volunteers,” said Susan Yarrow, public relations manager for Hattiesburg Clinic. “We cannot thank our sponsors, the community and all of our volunteers enough for making this year’s event so successful.” Hattiesburg Clinic employees, as well as members and supporters of The Arc, attended the event to help facilitate the race and cheer on participants. Both the half-marathon and 5K started at Hattiesburg Clinic’s main clinic on South 28th Avenue and continued through the south side of Hattiesburg, with the half-marathon stretching across Hardy Street to The University of Southern Mississippi campus and circling back to Hattiesburg Clinic. For more about this year’s race, visit www.hattiesburgclinic.com/halfmarathon or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RiseAndShineHalfMarathon/.  
Mar 30, 2017

Clinic’s New PET Technology Reduces Time, Radiation for Patients

Hattiesburg Clinic has received new PET technology designed to perform faster and produce higher quality images with less radiation exposure to patients, compared to previous equipment. The clinic’s Heart & Vascular department, located on the third floor of the main clinic, is home to the GE Discovery IQ PET system. The equipment will be primarily used by the department’s providers for cardiac PET exams. “A cardiac PET, or Positron Emission Tomography, exam is used to evaluate the health of a person’s heart by measuring blood flow to the heart. The results of this type of exam helps the provider determine if follow-up treatment is needed or how to manage treatment for a heart-related condition. That’s why having a machine that produces clearer, better quality scans is important in how we care for our patients,” said Jamie Branch, lead imaging tech for Heart & Vascular. Branch also noted the other benefits of the new PET system. “We’re always seeking ways to reduce radiation to the public, and this technology produces a lower radiation exposure,” he said. Branch added that patients would also benefit from a shorter scan time. What once may have taken about two hours would now take approximately 30 minutes with the new system. “This will be the whole procedure, which includes a resting scan and a stress scan. So there’s a more real-time image,” said Branch. The system’s PET camera will take pictures of the patient’s heart in both a resting phase and a stress phase. The phases are then compared to assess blood flow through the heart and to look for prior damage to the heart muscle. A patient’s provider might suggest a cardiac PET scan for multiple reasons, particularly if the patient has been experiencing chest pains or has personal history or family history of a heart condition. “This is an advanced diagnostic test with technology that’s not offered in a lot of areas around here,” said John Weems, administrator for Heart & Vascular. “It’s not just a major investment for Hattiesburg Clinic but also for our community.” Weems said the new PET system is typically covered by Medicare and Medicaid and other insurance.
Mar 29, 2017

Clinic Offers Diabetes Support Group

Did you know Hattiesburg Clinic offers a Diabetes Support Group? The group meets the first Tuesday of each month at Cloverleaf Medical Plaza in Hattiesburg. This is a free service available for individuals with diabetes, along with their family and friends, to learn how others in the community have improved their diabetes control and to hear from our diabetes health care team.
Mar 23, 2017

Hospital Care Service Welcomes Ladd

Amanda L. Ladd, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Hospital Care Service. Ms. Ladd received her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Society of Hospital Medicine. At Hospital Care Service, Ms. Ladd provides care to patients who are in the hospital and coordinates treatment with the patient’s primary care provider during his or her hospitalization. Ms. Ladd is welcomed by the other providers at Hospital Care Service.