BRANDON, Miss.—Susan Dees was nervous about an upcoming operation to amputate her left leg below the knee and uncertain how she would cope with the loss of a limb.
She needn’t have been.

When doctors discovered a blockage in the flow of oxygen to Dees' foot, they feared if the lower portion of her leg wasn’t soon removed, more damage would occur to the rest of her body.

“I wasn’t happy about it and I wanted to know more about what was going to happen to me,” said Dees, 56, a trained psychologist. “The idea of losing a limb is hard for anyone to cope with.”

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JACKSON, Miss.—As a volunteer at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, Nell Smith has made an impact on her community, her friends and her family.

And when the Mississippi Hospital Association Society for Hospital Auxiliaries and Volunteer services named her one of its 2002 volunteers of the year, none of them were surprised.

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JACKSON, Miss.—According to a new survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are substantially more Americans living with arthritis than previously thought.

The new state-by-state survey shows that 1 in 3 are affected by the crippling disease. More than 70 million U.S. adults or 33 percent have arthritis, up from the previous estimate of 43 million.

The Arthritis Foundation’s Mississippi chapter says that more than 450,000 Mississippians live with arthritis or chronic joint symptoms.

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JACKSON, Miss.—To answer a growing need for long-term care for Mississippi’s severely disabled, Methodist Rehabilitation Center has announced plans to build a $9 million long-term care facility on its east campus in Flowood.

Methodist Specialty Care Center will be a first-of-its-kind facility in Mississippi and will accommodate 60 severely disabled patients who require around-the-clock care. The three-story facility with 60 private rooms is scheduled to open in 2004 and will create approximately 120 new jobs.

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JACKSON, Miss.—As a part of Think First, Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s statewide safety and injury prevention program, physicians and staff at the Jackson hospital are working with firefighters, police officers and paramedics to encourage children in Mississippi schools to think first while trick-or-treating this Halloween.

A little caution goes a long way toward making Halloween a safe and fun holiday—that’s the message Sammy Safety, Methodist Rehab’s injury prevention mascot, and local fire departments are delivering to schools.

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JACKSON, Miss.—Just two years after breaking ground for the state’s first apartment complex for the physically disabled, Mississippi Methodist Accessible Housing, Inc. (MMAH), has announced plans to build a second, 15-unit building in Hattiesburg.

MMAH, a not-for-profit corporation formed by Methodist Rehabilitation Center to increase housing options for Mississippians with disabilities, has worked to secure a section 811 program grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to build the complex.

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JACKSON, Miss.—Methodist Rehabilitation Center and the other hospitals and colleges that make up the Jackson Medical Education District (JMED) are standing side-by-side with the Jackson Bandits for the 2002 hockey season.

It’s a partnership designed to help the Bandits stay in Jackson and to revitalize the JMED area where the proposed new home for the team is to be built.

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JACKSON, Miss.—Mississippi Project START—a program designed to ensure disabled Mississippians have access to assistive technology—has made a donation of $12,788 to Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s therapeutic recreation program to help fund its new sled hockey team for physically challenged athletes.

The money will be used to acquire new equipment including helmets, pads and sleds, said Ginny Boydston, director of therapeutic recreation at Methodist Rehab.

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JACKSON, Miss.—The Mississippi Psychological Association has honored a Methodist Rehabilitation Center neuropsychologist for excellence in his field.

Dr. Mark Sherer, director of the neuropsychology department at Methodist Rehab, was awarded the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award for the sustained productivity of superior and significant research in psychology.

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JACKSON, Miss.—At Methodist Rehabilitation Center research is serious business.

When scientists at the Jackson hospital’s Center for Neuroscience and Neurological Recovery recently discovered polio-like symptoms in some patients infected with the West Nile virus, it meant faster and more accurate diagnosis and treatment for the potentially deadly disease.

But medical breakthroughs don’t come without a cost.

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