Friday, May 24 2013 7:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:37:25 GMT
The City of Hattiesburg is increasing the sewer rates for Petal and some Lamar County customers who use their wastewater lagoon. Petal residents are concerned and voicing their opinions after finding outMore >>
Petal and Hattiesburg residents are voicing their opinions after finding out the City of Hattiesburg is increasing sewer rates. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:09:56 GMT
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation. On Thursday, more than 60-percent of the Boy Scouts of America's 14-hundred-members voted for theMore >>
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation.More >>
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....More >>
Wesley Medical Center announced Wednesday it has filed a lawsuit against AAA ambulance company and Forrest General hospital for allegedly engaging in improper practices, by denying local residents their choice of hospitals for emergency care.
In the lawsuit Wesley alleges, that AAA which is controlled by Forrest General, ignored or denied numerous residents requests to be treated at Wesley. The suit also alleges, that some patients were falsely classified as "trauma" patients and told they could only be taken to Forrest General hospital, when they did not meet trauma criteria and could have received care at Wesley. Some were told Wesley did not have physician specialists or capabilities to care for their medical emergencies.
Wesley CEO Mike Neuendorf says, he met with Forrest General hospital and AAA officials but nothing came of the meeting. Neuendorf says the litigation is a last resort.
"The lawsuit really boils down to patient choice and respecting the desires and wishes of the patients." said Neuendorf. "We certainly didn't dream this up, it is based on a great number of patients coming forward in just the two years that I have been here but from what I understand this is a long standing issue. We collected these dozens of cases looked through them, looked at their comments the ambulance run reports and determined real quickly that patients were being mislabeled as trauma patients in order to take them across town to the trauma center."
Officials at Wesley have requested injunctive relief and asked the court to stop the practice immediately while determining the issues involved.
Seven on your side spoke with Forrest General CEO Evan Dillard who declined to comment until hospital officials have a chance to see the lawsuit.
Friday, May 24 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:52:06 GMT
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. It included the laying of a wreath at a fallen officersMore >>
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:45:22 GMT
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to Lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. As part of National Emergency Service Week, for the last 12-years Wayne farms has hostedMore >>
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. More >>