JACKSON, Miss.—Choirs and musicians will help Methodist Rehabilitation Center welcome in the holidays with seasonal music in the coming weeks.

The lunchtime performances will be in the Jackson hospital’s two-story atrium mall and are free and open to the public.

“The performances have become an annual tradition,” said Mark Adams, president and CEO of Methodist Rehab. “These groups donate their time and talent to perform for our patients, staff and visitors. The songs they sing and the music they play mean so much to all of us.”

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JACKSON, Miss.—The secret is out.

People with disabilities from as far away as New Orleans are discovering that playing sports like quad rugby can add fun, excitement and a higher level of independence to their lives.

And members of the Jackson Jags, Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s quad rugby team, are happy to have the help of four players from the Big Easy.

Richard Nagle, David Richard, Jay Brasset and Peter Benoit, have all joined the Jackson hospital’s team in the past year.

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JACKSON, Miss.—This Thanksgiving, eat a properly cooked turkey – don’t be one.

Methodist Rehabilitation Center warns improper handling and cooking of the traditional Thanksgiving bird can lead to food borne infections such as E-coli and salmonella.

About 40,000 people each year in the U.S. are infected with salmonella after eating undercooked or poorly prepared food.

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JACKSON, Miss.—Starting with the Thanksgiving holiday, more Americans will be traveling to visit family and friends, but they run the risk of becoming part of an ever-growing problem—people injured in travel accidents during the holiday season.

“Every year, we see an increase in the number of traffic-related fatalities and crippling injuries due to vehicle accidents,” said Dr. Rahul Vohra, medical director at Methodist Rehabilitation Center. “The first thing people can do to protect themselves is to plan ahead and slow down.

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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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