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Welcome to the Online Newsroom! Below are press releases, organized by time release. For additional news information, please visit us on Facebook and YouTube.

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Feb 13, 2017

Columbia Dialysis Open House set for March 2

Hattiesburg Clinic is inviting the community to an open house and ribbon cutting Thursday, March 2, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., for its newly rebuilt Columbia Dialysis. The facility is located at its same location, 1214 Highway 98 in Columbia, Miss. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The previous Columbia Dialysis facility was destroyed in a December 2014 tornado and the clinic has been working towards rebuilding ever since. The staff includes a team of nephrologists, nurse practitioners, specialty trained registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified hemodialysis technicians, social workers, registered dietitians and other specialized personnel who work closely with each patient to implement individualized dialysis treatment and a plan of care. Columbia Dialysis can be reached at 601-731-1234.
Feb 10, 2017

Hattiesburg Clinic Announces 2016 Employee Awards

Hattiesburg Clinic Announces 2016 Employee Awards

Hattiesburg Clinic’s 2016 Employee Recognition and Awards Banquet was held recently at Southern Oaks House & Gardens in Hattiesburg, Miss. The event honored employee award recipients, retirees and employees who reached 10 or more years of service to the clinic in 2016. The clinic’s Annie Ruth Johnston Employee of the Year award went to India Dunaway, manager of the Pathology department. Dunaway has been with the clinic since 1999. Her colleagues describe her as “very knowledgeable in all aspects of her department and a joy to work with.” The Faris Allen Nurse of the Year award was given to Lisa Carnahan, from Gastroenterology. Carnahan has been a nurse at Hattiesburg Clinic for more than 23 years. She is described by her peers as “a leader in her department who makes herself available to the needs of her patients, has exceptional dependability and is always looking for ways to improve the department.” The Medical Support Employee of the Year award went to John Robinson, a licensed practical nurse in Internal Medicine. Robinson has been employed with the clinic since 2003. His colleagues praise him as “a team player with excellent relationships with all patients, providers and coworkers.” The Satellite Employee of the Year was awarded to Jason Helton, physical therapist and manager of Purvis Physical Therapy. Helton, who has been with Hattiesburg Clinic since 2001, is described by those who work with him as loyal with “consistently outstanding patient surveys” and is a “positive representative of the clinic in the community.” Receiving the award for Administrative Support Employee of the Year was Ann Johnson, Human Resources manager. Johnson has been with the clinic for nearly 10 years. Her staff said she handles difficult situations appropriately, has excellent judgment and offers trusted guidance to managers when it comes to employment matters. Receptionist of the Year was given to Laura Holmes, in Professional Services. Holmes has been an employee of the clinic for seven years and is considered reliable, dependable, positive, kind and helpful. The award for Dialysis Employee of the Year went to Martie Woullard, hemodialysis technician at Hattiesburg Dialysis. Woullard has been employed with the clinic since 1987. In his 29 years of employment, he has only missed seven days of work. His colleagues know him as “extremely dependable” and “a very valuable resource of technical dialysis knowledge for new and experienced employees alike.” The Volunteer of the Year was given to Vickie Bonner, in Contract Accounts. Bonner was recognized for her passionate diligence in bringing back the clinic’s Arts and Crafts Fair, which supports local charities. She was also instrumental in establishing a new volunteer committee and has volunteered to chair the clinic’s new Tornado Relief Committee this year. Along with the employee awards, the clinic recognized 13 retirees from 2016 and numerous employees whose service to the clinic spanned from 10 to 40 years. Among those recognized was the clinic’s executive director, Tommy Thornton, who received a standing ovation from the banquet crowd for his 45 years of service to the clinic. Those who work closely with him shared their sentiments of appreciation for Thornton during the ceremony. “He is focused on getting everyone to work collaboratively...this is one of his skills,” said John M. Fitzpatrick, MD, nephrologist and president of the clinic’s Board of Directors. Employees celebrating five years at the clinic were also honored with a luncheon at Southern Oaks House and Gardens.
Feb 10, 2017

Columbia Dialysis Reopens Following Tornado Destruction

Columbia Dialysis Reopens Following Tornado Destruction

Two years after it was destroyed by a tornado, Hattiesburg Clinic is pleased to announce the reopening of Columbia Dialysis. The new facility is located at the same site as the previous building, 1214 Hwy 98 Bypass in Columbia, Miss. The former Columbia Dialysis facility was destroyed in a December 2014 tornado and the clinic has been working towards rebuilding ever since. Due to significant damage to the structure’s foundation, the new unit had to be completely redesigned. “Our Columbia Dialysis team has continued to provide services to our Columbia patients at the neighboring Tylertown, Silver Creek and Hattiesburg Dialysis units all this time, but we are so excited to once again have a physical presence in the Columbia area,” said Chief Dialysis Officer Tammy Gargis. “The Columbia Dialysis facility is very important to patients in Columbia and surrounding areas who require dialysis therapy three times a week. We know that having a local dialysis unit eases the hardship of traveling out of town and allows dialysis patients to receive their treatments and care in their hometown.” The dialysis unit in Columbia provides services to approximately 80 patients in Columbia and the outlying area, according to Gargis. The Columbia Dialysis employees have been recognized for their quick life-saving response during the tornado. “If not for the quick thinking and action of the Dialysis employees present that day, there certainly would have been many injuries or worse,” Hattiesburg Clinic Executive Director Tommy Thornton said as he recognized the staff during last year’s awards ceremony. “When the tornado hit, staff hovered over their patients, offering them extra protection when ceiling tile, insulation and debris swirled around and came tumbling down upon them...they kept their composure as they comforted patients, followed correct procedures and took actions to protect their patients and visitors.” Columbia Dialysis is open Monday through Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can be reached at 601-731-1234. For more information about Hattiesburg Clinic’s dialysis services, please visit
Feb 6, 2017

Hattiesburg Clinic Welcomes Anazia

Gregg O. Anazia, MD, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Hospital Care Service. Dr. Anazia received his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb. He completed his residency and an internship in internal medicine at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, La. Anazia is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. His primary specialty is internal medicine with a secondary specialty in hospital medicine. The physicians and providers at Hattiesburg Clinic Hospital Care Service are pleased to welcome Dr. Anazia.
Jan 31, 2017

Hattiesburg Clinic Opens Endocrine Care, Welcomes Frieze

Hattiesburg Clinic is pleased to announce its affiliation with Endocrine Care Center under the new name Endocrine Care in Biloxi, Miss. Todd W. Frieze, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU, CCD, has relocated his practice from 147 Reynoir Street to 970 Tommy Munro Dr., Ste. B, in Biloxi. At Hattiesburg Clinic Endocrine Care, Dr. Frieze provides treatment for a variety of endocrine disorders, including thyroid, osteoporosis and metabolic bone, calcium, adrenal and pituitary. He also treats certain male and female reproductive disorders. Dr. Frieze received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. He completed an internship and his residency in internal medicine at Wright-Patterson Medical Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. He also completed a fellowship in endocrinology at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Frieze is board certified in endocrinology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Endocrine Society, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, American Thyroid Association, National Osteoporosis Foundation, American College of Physicians and American Medical Association. Endocrine Care is located at 970 Tommy Munro Drive, Suite B, in Biloxi, Miss., and can be reached at 228-432-5200.