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Center Accredited

St. Dominic’s bariatric surgical center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

The accredition ensures surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for severely obese patients. “The certification process has proven to improve outcomes for bariatric surgery patients. The process is now hospital based and the support and hard work of the staff shows in both outcomes and quality assurance,” Dr. David Carroll, metabolic and bariatric surgery director said,

St. Dominic’s Weight Loss Solutions’ commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the leadership of surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes. They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center.

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, St. Dominic’s Weight Loss Solutions met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement.

In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity according to the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of co-morbid conditions related to severe obesity.


Town Hall Scheduled

The Madison County Property Owners Association (MCPOA) is working to give residents the chance to get to know the candidates who are on the ballot in the upcoming primary election.

On July 18, MCPOA will host a town hall meeting for District Five residents to hear presentations from and engage with candidates running for office within their area.

This is the second in a series of town hall meetings. The first was held at the clubhouse at Lake Caroline and District Four candidates were present, as well as those running for county Tax Collector, Circuit Clerk, Mississippi House District 73 and Mississippi Senate District 22.

Each candidate was allowed eight minutes total, with three minutes for opening comments and the rest of the time for answering questions posed by those in attendance.

The agenda for the District Five meeting includes Supervisor District Five candidates Paul Griffin, Hercules Lacey, Chip Matthews and Erin Rose; County Circuit Clerk candidates Anita Wray and Timothy Jenkins and County Tax Collector candidates Kay Pace and Robert Winn Jr.

The town hall meeting will be held at 264 Deerfield Club Drive on Thursday, July 18 and begin at 6:30 p.m.


Trial Moving Ahead

Jackson city officials hope to begin seeking contractors this month to build the long-anticipated Museum Trail.

The trail will run from the Mississippi Farmers’ Market downtown to the LeFleur Museum District on Museum Boulevard.

At press time, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) was expected to sign off on plans for the project, allowing the city to finally bid it out for work.

“Everything’s ready to go,” said Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, adding that some documents still need to be finalized before the news is official.

The announcement represents a major milestone in the project, which has been in the works for nearly a decade.

In 2011, Jackson received a $1.1 million federal transportation enhancement grant to pay for the project. Because work had not gotten started, the city nearly lost the grant in 2015. However, Hall intervened, getting an extension.

Because federal dollars are being used, all aspects of the project must be signed off on by state transportation leaders.

Final plans were submitted to MDOT in November.


Site Plans Approved

Five businesses in the works in the city of Ridgeland were given the go-ahead July 2.

The board of aldermen voted to approve site plans and architectural reviews for five businesses.

The first was an amendment to a site plan for Hampton Inn and Suites to modify the parking plan.

Curb installation in the wrong location resulted in the loss of two parking spaces. The original plan included 107 parking spaces, which will now be 105.

Renovations to Ridgeland Place Apartments were approved.

The renovations include removing and replacing lighting throughout the complex; mill, overlay and restriping the parking lot; sidewalk repairs; repairing damaged brick and painting the buildings and installing a grill station.

Site plans and architectural reviews were also approved for Audi Jaguar Land Rover, Holiday Inn Express and Tru by Hilton and the Central Mississippi Realtors Building.



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