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MSDH cutting hours, closing clinics due to financial setbacks

MSDH cutting hours, closing clinics due to financial setbacks (Photo Source: file) MSDH cutting hours, closing clinics due to financial setbacks (Photo Source: file)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is making changes at county clinics across South Mississippi.

Officials say several factors led to the adjustments.

"Over the past few years patient flow has seriously declined throughout the state, and with that, so has our incoming revenue," said State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. "For many months now we have been reviewing clinic hours, patient flow, and current services."

A release from MSDH said staff reductions include approximately 35 full time employees and 29 contract workers. With those changes, nine county health departments will be permanently closed.

Two of those are on the coast; the location on Esters Boulevard in Biloxi and the location on Washington Avenue in Ocean Springs.

MSDH will no longer be enrolling new maternity patients, as patients now have other options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid Managed Care.

Officials say they will actively work to provide core public health to all Mississippians using available funding.

"We are continuing to evaluate our programs and clinics to ensure the most effective and efficient use of our funds," Currier explained. "While still providing standard services such as immunizations, disease investigation and inspections of restaurants, child care facilities, hospitals, on-site wastewater and others on a daily basis, we will move toward prevention-oriented activities such as diabetes self-management, tobacco and chronic diseases prevention."

Services such as immunizations, family planning, WIC, the Perinatal High Risk Management Program, and the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program may have different days or hours for their services.

Hours of operation at county clinics will change beginning February 1, 2016. Check the list below to find the location near you.

George County Health Department
166 W. Ratliff Street
Lucedale, MS 39452
601-947-4217
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday — Friday
Most services offered by appointment
Walk-ins accepted on a limited basis

Hancock County Health Department
856 Highway 90
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
228-467-4510
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday — Friday
Most services offered by appointment
Walk-ins accepted on a limited basis

Harrison County Health Department
(Gulfport Clinic) 1102 45th Ave.
Gulfport, MS 39501
228-863-1036
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday — Friday
Most services offered by appointment
Walk-ins accepted on a limited basis

Harrison County Health Department
(Biloxi Clinic)
761 Esters Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39530
Closed as of January 4, 2016

Jackson County Health Department
(Pascagoula Clinic)
4600 Vega Street
Pascagoula, MS 39581
228-762-1117
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday — Friday
Most services offered by appointment
Walk-ins accepted on a limited basis

Jackson County Health Department
(Ocean Springs Clinic)
6912 N. Washington Ave. Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Closed as of January 18, 2016

Pearl River County Health Department
7547 Highway Il North
Carriere, MS 39426
601-798-6212
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday — Friday
Most services offered by appointment
Walk-ins accepted on a limited basis


Stone County Health Department
1510 Central Ave., East
Wiggins, MS 39577
601-928-5293
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday — Friday

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