As a District 37 state representative for 18 years, Gary Chism of Columbus is familiar with Mississippi’s health care capabilities.

But it took a blood clot in his brain to help him fully appreciate the stroke expertise of two Jackson hospitals.

“You don’t realize until you need it how much difference it makes,” said Chism, who suffered a stroke on April 6.

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Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson has named its Employees of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2018.

Brianna May of Pelahatchie was named Clinical Services Employee of the Quarter. She serves as a radiological technician for the hospital’s radiology department.

Kyle Hairston of Madison was named Support Services Employee of the Quarter. He serves as biomedical technician for the hospital.

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Claire Spencer has returned to teaching history at Ridgeland’s Christ Covenant School (CCS), just a year after she suffered a stroke that almost completely paralyzed her left side.

The transformation amazes outpatient occupational therapist Kari Richeson, who treated Spencer while working part-time at Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s inpatient facility in Jackson.

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After 25 years of helping people overcome brain injuries, Dr. Stuart Yablon often fears the worst for victims of penetrating gunshots to the head.

“It’s a high mortality group,” said the physical medicine and rehabilitation physician at Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson, Miss. “A lot of patients die before they get to the hospital, and those that do make it tend not to do well.”

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From the seat of her wheelchair, Sheila Burnham of Madison has hunted everything from Mississippi deer to African Cape Buffalo.

But on a recent Thursday morning, her prey was a paper target. She was among the participants in a Shooting Para Sport Clinic at Two Gun Tactical in Flowood.

The April 12 clinic was the first of three organized by Ginny Boydston, director of the adaptive sports and recreation program at Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson. Marksmanship clinics also have been scheduled for Gulfport on May 10 and Tupelo on May 17.

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When her 14-year-old daughter Deanna was diagnosed with scoliosis, Victoria Wilbourn became a mom on a mission.

Researching online for the best possible treatment, she came across overwhelmingly positive feedback on Schroth Therapy. The nonsurgical, physical therapy-based treatment originated in Germany and is becoming more sought-after in the U.S.

“I was sure that this treatment is exactly what my daughter needed,” Wilbourn said.

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Only one employee at Methodist Rehabilitation Center is allowed to nap on the job.

But he’s also the only employee with four paws and a tail.

He’s Nauvoo, the Jackson rehabilitation hospital’s new facility dog. And he’s no ordinary pooch. The black Labrador and golden retriever mix was trained by Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), who for over 40 years have been training dogs to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. Nauvoo knows over 40 commands designed to assist and inspire MRC’s patients.

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After months of therapy at Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson, Mar’Shanna Graham—aka Mars—has returned to her regular orbit.

She’s back taking classes at Mississippi College in Clinton. And she’s over the moon about her recent acceptance to MC’s nursing program.

“Yay for me,” she says beaming her trademark smile.

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Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson has named its latest Employees of the Quarter.

Leslie Taylor of Brandon was named Clinical Services Employee of the Quarter. She serves as a physical therapist for MRC’s stroke recovery program.

Toney Vaughan of Jackson was named Support Services Employee of the Quarter. He serves as a technician for MRC’s environmental services department. 

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When Carol Cannon of Ridgeland was diagnosed with lymphedema, she had never even heard of the condition that was causing swelling in her lower legs so severe she couldn’t wear shoes.

“It’s bothered me for at least eight years,” said Cannon, 81. “I’d been to several doctors. They thought the swelling was from my heart, then my veins. They tried me on strong diuretics. I just figured nothing was going to help me.”

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