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.
Mar 23, 2017

Vascular Specialists Welcomes Leslie

Samantha M. Leslie, PA-C, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Vascular Specialists. She received a Master of Science in Medicine with an emphasis on Physician Assistant Studies from Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., and a Bachelor of Science from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. Ms. Leslie is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Mississippi Academy of Physician Assistants. Ms. Leslie joins Humayun Bakhtawar, MD, RPVI; Edgar Guzman, MD, FACS, RPVI; Lewis E. Hatten, MD, FACS, RPVI; and J. Keith Thompson, DO, FACOS, RVT, at Vascular Specialists.
Mar 16, 2017

Hattiesburg Clinic Opens Lumberton Family Medicine, Welcomes Watkins

Hattiesburg Clinic is pleased to announce the opening of Lumberton Family Medicine, with the addition of Mary S. Watkins, CNP. At Lumberton Family Medicine, Watkins provides comprehensive evaluation and holistic care for the total health needs of all members of the family. She received a Master of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. Watkins is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Mississippi Nurses Association. Watkins provides services, along with Katie O’Neal Royals, MD, at Lumberton Family Medicine.
Mar 15, 2017

Free Memory Screenings April 5 at Hattiesburg Clinic

Hattiesburg Clinic Memory Center will offer free memory screenings to the public on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. 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.
Mar 13, 2017

Columbia Dialysis celebrates Ribbon Cutting, Open House

Columbia Dialysis Unit celebrates reopening with Ribbon Cutting, Open House Hattiesburg Clinic employees, patients, local officials and members of the community recently celebrated the reopening of Columbia Dialysis. Located at 1214 Hwy 98 in Columbia, Miss., the dialysis facility was rebuilt and opened nearly two years after it was destroyed in a December 2014 tornado. A ribbon cutting was held in celebration of the new building, and guests were allowed to tour the facilities. “We are grateful to be back in our home community of Columbia providing dialysis services,” said Tammy Gargis, Hattiesburg Clinic’s chief dialysis officer. “We know that it has been a hardship for our Columbia patients to travel to Tylertown, Silver Creek and Hattiesburg during the two-year period it took to rebuild. We are also very proud of the new facilities.” Columbia Dialysis provides services to Stage 5 kidney patients in Columbia and the surrounding area.
Mar 10, 2017

Rise & Shine Race Raises Funds, Awareness

Rise & Shine Race Raises Funds, Awareness for Mississippians with Disabilities

To many people, Hattiesburg Clinic’s annual Rise & Shine Half-Marathon & 5K is known as a fundraiser for The Arc of Southeast Mississippi. For The Arc, the event is also a source of inspiration and awareness. The clinic’s first half-marathon and 5K kicked off in April 2012 as an effort to raise money for The Arc, a United Way nonprofit organization that provides community based services to Mississippi residents with intellectual and developmental challenges and their families. The inaugural event showed promise, as it attracted nearly 300 race participants and raised approximately $6,000 for The Arc. The next year saw an additional 100 people take part in the race and more than $15,000 raised for The Arc. The fundraising success inspired The Arc to develop a full-time adult program where individuals would learn life skills and become involved in recreational and social activities. They named it the Rise & Shine Program. “The Arc is dependent on fundraising, grants, programming fees and contributions to be able to provide the level of programming made available to individuals with disabilities. We have the Rise & Shine Program that has offered a wholesome new life to adults with disabilities,” said Cindy Pennington, executive director at The Arc. “Although there are programming fees, The Arc still incurs a significant deficit. If the organization tried to close this gap by raising program fees, many could not attend. Therefore, the Rise & Shine Half-Marathon & 5K generates a significant amount of funding that has allowed us to afford our first full-time program.” To date, the race has raised about $75,000 total over the past five years, with the largest amount of $29,000 collected in 2016. Pennington said although the financial support alone stresses the importance of the race, it really goes far beyond the dollar. “The race is an opportunity for us to allow some of our participants [from The Arc] to be able to finish a half-marathon or a 5K as a rider in the newly donated race wheelchairs. Imagine how the participants and their parents feel when they cross the finish line,” she said. Pennington also pointed out the awareness it provides for their organization and members. “The race is an opportunity for The Arc to be showcased as a vital part of our community. Hopefully, we can reach families who are in need of our services, as well as create community awareness of individuals with disabilities,” she said. According to Pennington, The Arc’s members, parents and staff recognize that the race is a huge event for the community and they are grateful to be a part of it. “The Arc participants are impacted because they are simply included,” she said. “The clinic depends on them to make the pottery for the winner prizes. In addition, the participants design the race T-shirts by providing the artwork design. They are asked to be on site to personally hand out the pottery items to all racers.” Ashlynn Hust, a caregiver at The Arc, agreed that the race brings awareness for their organization and advocates for individuals with disabilities. “More people are aware of our organization, our mission and the difference we are trying to make. This race has made a huge impact on our organization,” Hust said. Cassidy Harrington, of Sumrall, has been a member of The Arc for two years. She participates in the Rise & Shine Program, which allows her to go bowling, make crafts, watch movies and play games. She said the race helps the Rise & Shine Program to “keep going.” “It’s great that they are doing this for us,” said Harrington. She added that her favorite part of the event is giving out medals to the winners. “Thank you. We couldn’t do it without your support,” Harrington said to those who participate in the race. Mary Thompson is a Hattiesburg resident who has been a member of The Arc for five years. She said she loves the Rise & Shine Program and that it allows her to participate in activities like coloring, Bingo and making crafts. When asked what she would like to say to race participants whose registration fees go to support the Rise & Shine Program, she said, “Thank you. It’s nice of them to do it for me.” The 6th Annual Rise & Shine Half-Marathon & 5K will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Hattiesburg Clinic’s main campus, 415 S. 28th Ave. in Hattiesburg, Miss. Race activities will begin with the half-marathon at 7 a.m. and the 5K at 7:30 a.m. Live entertainment and refreshments will be provided throughout the morning. To register, click here. For more information, call 601-268-5606.
Mar 10, 2017

State Association Honors Dermatologist

State Association Honors Hattiesburg Clinic Dermatologist

A Hattiesburg Clinic physician has been recognized with an annual lectureship by a state organization. The Mississippi Dermatology Association has named its annual lectureship “The Ronald R. Lubritz, MD, Annual Lectureship.” Ronald R. Lubritz, MD, FACP, FAAD, is a dermatologist who practices at Hattiesburg Clinic Dermatology, Laurel Dermatology and Dermatology – Picayune. The association’s decision to name the lectureship after Lubritz is an effort to recognize and honor him for his leadership and commitment to the association. “Dr. Lubritz is the exemplification of the art and science of dermatology,” said Sabra Sullivan, MD, PhD, FAAD, vice president of the Mississippi Dermatology Association. “For over 30 years, he has helped lead the Mississippi Dermatology Association at both the state and national level, expanding care for all in need.” Dr. Sullivan went on to note Lubritz’s accomplishments, including his expertise in cryosurgery and publishing sections of the initial investigative work that led to the development of that sub specialization. She also praised his national recognition as an author and public speaker. “He has devoted himself selflessly to improving dermatology for all Mississippians. Indeed, the Mississippi Dermatology Association is in his debt. It is our privilege to name this annual lectureship in his honor. It is but a small token of the esteem in which his colleagues hold him for his leadership,” said Sullivan. Dr. Lubritz has been president of the Mississippi Dermatology Association for 16 years. Aside from his dermatology practices, he is also a clinical professor of Dermatology at Tulane Medical Center and has published numerous articles and books. Dr. Lubritz is a retired colonel in the Army Reserve. His last assignment was as a commander with the 305th Field Hospital USAR. The Lubritz Lectureship will be presented each year by a nationally or internationally known expert in dermatology at the association’s annual meeting. The association’s next meeting under the newly established lectureship is in April 2017. “It’s a great honor. I feel it was undeserved but greatly appreciated,” Lubritz said.
Mar 9, 2017

Columbia Family Clinic Welcomes Holton

Nikki C. Holton, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Columbia Family Clinic. Ms. Holton received her Master of Science in Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing in Addison, Ill. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Holton is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, the Nurse Practitioner Convenient Care Specialty Practice Group and the Emergency Nurses Association. She has worked in health care since 1996 and has served in the United States Air Force as a disease management nurse and as an officer in charge (OIC) of family practice. She joins Robert R. Herrington, II, MD; Mark A. Stevens, MD; Franklin W. Waller, Jr., MD; Brittney Bracey, CNP; Shannon H. Loftin, CNP; and J. Amy McKenzie, CNP, at Columbia Family Clinic.
Mar 8, 2017

Hospital Care Service Welcomes Alberts

Scott J. Alberts, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Hospital Care Service. He received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, Miss., and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Ariz. Mr. Alberts is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He is trained in adult gerontology care and has special practice interests in aging and longevity. Mr. Alberts is welcomed by the other providers at Hospital Care Service.
Mar 6, 2017

Hospital Care Service Welcomes Park

Stacie M. Park, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Hospital Care Service. She received a Master of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. Ms. Park is board certified in adult and gerontological health by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine and has special practice interests in hospital medicine and geriatrics. Ms. Park is welcomed by the other providers at Hospital Care Service.