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Huntington Ingalls Industries Announces Opening of New HII Family Vision Centers

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PASCAGOULA, Miss., June 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced that it has opened two HII Family Vision Centers for its employees and their families. The vision centers are an expansion of the services available at the HII Family Health Centers in Gautier and Newport News, Virginia.

“The addition of vision services to our health centers is another step toward ensuring the overall well-being of our workforce and their families,” Bill Ermatinger, HII’s executive vice president and chief human resources officer, said. “We are committed to the belief that a healthy employee is an engaged employee, and this expansion highlights that commitment.”

The vision center in Mississippi opened on Tuesday, and the vision center in Virginia opened on May 1.

A photo accompanying this release is available at: http://newsroom.huntingtoningalls.com/file?fid=5b2be69d2cfac24fa71b0f35.

The new vision centers, operated by Vision Services Plan (VSP), offer comprehensive eye care with an optometrist and opticians on-staff. The centers also house retail sections, complete with adult and children’s eyeglasses, safety glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses and more.

Other vision center services include:

  • Adult and pediatric annual eye exams
  • Correction exams
  • Diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism
  • Vision therapy
  • Lens prescriptions
  • Frame selection and fitting

The vision centers offer preventive and acute eye care to all HII employees and their dependents. In-network rates and discounts are available to employees enrolled in an HII or union vision plan. Employees are encouraged to contact their vision insurance provider for details and pricing.

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Pascagoula Run Paddle Battle this Saturday

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Pascagoula-Paddle-Battle-2 Pascagoula Run Paddle Battle this Saturday

Dip into one of the Mississippi’s Gulf Coast’s officially designated water trails and enjoy a uniquely adventurous perspective of the region’s abundant natural beauty and native wildlife with the Pascagoula Run Paddle Battle this Saturday, June 23. Online registration closes Thursday, June 21. Last minute registrations will be allowed at the meet and greet event at Brady’s Steak and Seafood on Friday, June 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. The second annual Pascagoula Run Paddle Battle is a 12.5 mile race down the Pascagoula River for all types of human powered paddle craft. The race will begin at Little River Marina in Moss Point and end at Lighthouse Park in Pascagoula. The paddle battle is for both competitive and leisure paddlers in the area as it is a race as well as a pleasure ride. “Paddle sports are extremely popular, especially where there are beautiful, accessible waterways like in Pascagoula,” said Lauri-Ellen Smith, the city’s director of community relations. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place finishers in 17 categories. There are various categories for kayaks, canoes, and standup paddleboards. An awards ceremony will be held once all racers are off the course. “Paddling is a great way to get active and stay in shape but also allows you to slow down and take in all the natural beauty the Mississippi Gulf Coast has to offer,” Smith said. “We are becoming more widely known as a destination city for ecotourism. So, we are committed to providing sporting and recreational programming that accentuates the natural resources and beauty of our city while getting people outdoors and active.” The registration fee is $50 for American Canoe Association members and $55 for non-members. Register online at www.cityofpascagoula.com until close of business this Thursday. Kayak rentals are available through Nelson Outdoors and must be reserved in advance by contacting 228-769-6699. Shuttles from Lighthouse Park will be provided for race participants park. There are two pull out points along the course, and numerous safety boats will be on the water to assist in case of emergencies. The American Canoe Association is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling. They also provide support to help protect paddling environments and they sanction programming and events that promote paddle sport competition and recreation, and provide insurance for events such as this. This event was originally scheduled for April 14 but was rescheduled due to the weather.

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Who are the Pascagoula Paradise Paddlers?

Surrounded by a couple of Pascagoula locals, Kristi Ducote and Eric Richards along with some Hurricane Shrimp Tacos from Brady’s, I found myself enchanted by the stories and opportunities a SaltLife person is looking for.  Pascagoula Paradise Paddlers (PPP) consists of a core group of about 7 members give or take a few. It all started a little over 6 years ago with the Gulf Coast Summerfest. GCS needed a kayak event or two and Paradise Paddlers was born when a few enthusiasts found each other at the Choctaw Marina launch and voila!  They all said, “Let’s do this again!” Since then they have been meeting nearly every month to explore another blueway beauty in Jackson County. Eric Richards, a founding member, says, “it allows newcomers to the sport to meet other enthusiasts, but also shows the great paradise we have here… all the attributes of our natural resources.” 

When I asked what some of the “standout” virtues and ventures are, he replied, “…camaraderie and the Cumbest Bayou Fish Fry Paddle” (my personal favorite).  Each Fall, one of the paddles is along the beautiful banks of Cumbest Bayou. Once the group arrives at an old Indian shell midden island, fresh speckled trout from the bayou are fried up and served with plenty of sides and snacks, by Fletcher Songe and Charlie McVea (more PPP founding members). All of the ventures are very family friendly and safety is always a number one priority. Most all floats utilize the services of local marine law enforcement escorts and/or a lead/follow safety kayaker. There are: Blood Moon, Super Moon, Sunset/Moon-rise, Fall/Spring, Day/Night, and event paddles year round.  You’ll enjoy some of the night paddles which employ some “MacGyver-like” decorated boats with lights and more. I asked Eric which venture is the most scenic. He replied, “the Franklin Creek paddle out of Presley’s Outing… the trees and canopy are incredible in both summer and winter… they have very different looks with and without foliage.”

The City of Pascagoula’s outdoor recreation specialist and PPP member, Kristi Ducote, shares about some of the partnering events that bring the Paradise Paddlers and city recreation together.  On June 23rd, the rescheduled Pascagoula Run Paddle Battle, which stretches 12.5 miles from Little River Marina to Lighthouse Park, will bring in some serious kayak talent from across the south; but it’s not a race for all.  For some, it’s a great chance to see a long stretch of bayou and river blueway along the Pascagoula River delta. “Even if you’re not up to the 12.5 mile paddle, we have two pullout points downstream for those who want less of a challenge,” said Ducote.  Online registration will last through Thursday, June 22nd, but you can still attend and register at the meetup on Friday June 23rd at Brady’s Steak and Seafood, 3801 Magnolia St. from 5:00-8:00PM. Go to the City of Pascagoula link (https://cityofpascagoula.com/467/Pascagoula-Run-Paddle-Battle) for more info on this event and others like the June 29th PaddlePalooza from River Park to Huck’s Cove, which is a Sunset/Moonrise adventure.  Also, Nelson Outdoors of Pascagoula is always happy to provide you with a rental, complete with all safety gear. And I’ll bet they’ll hook you up with your own rig, if you’re in the market!

So, if you are a beginner, an explorer, enthusiast, or just plain ole Salty Dog; come enjoy the paradise Jackson County has to offer.  You’ll meet some really cool folks and see some breathtaking beauty. The PPP doesn’t have an official website, but if you go the Mississippi Kayaking Meetup Group page, you can stay tuned for upcoming adventures: (https://www.meetup.com/Mississippi-Kayak-Meetup-Group/).  Also, the City of Pascagoula updates their recreation website with the latest on kayaking events in the area: (https://cityofpascagoula.com/327/Outdoor-Recreation)

Get SALTY Y’all!

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Singing River Health System receives AHA Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Treatment

AHA-award Singing River Health System receives AHA Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Treatment

PASCAGOULA, MS  ― Singing River Health System has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Stroke Honor Roll status for their treatment of stroke patients. The award recognizes the system’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Singing River Health System’s two hospitals at Ocean Springs and Pascagoula earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke.  These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients also receive education on managing their health, help with scheduling a follow-up visit with their physician, as well as other care transition interventions.

“Singing River Health System is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative, and this award is a testament to our team’s commitment and skill,” said Dr. Randy Roth, Chief Medical Officer for the system.  “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes for stroke patients.”

The system also received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll/Target: StrokeSM award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

“We are pleased to recognize Singing River Health System for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

For more information on stroke and the AHA Target:  Stroke quality award, see their website at http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/About-Stroke_UCM_308529_SubHomePage.jsp.

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The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA is a Registered Host Site for Global World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Event

The YMCA is proud to be a host site for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson 2018! 

On June 21, 2018, the lesson will begin promptly at 11:00am at the Blossman Family Branch YMCA on Government St.  Registration begins June 11 through 10:00am on June 21, the day of the lesson.  The lesson will be limited to the first 30 registrants, so register soon!  Ideal age for participants is from 7 to 16 years old.  

The cost?  $1!! 

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The purpose of the lesson? To provide kids and parents exposure to life-saving water safety skills and build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. Program organizers are working to connect the dots between the real risk of childhood drowning and the need for basic water competency skills and crucial parental supervision to keep kids safe in and around the water. Research shows:

  • The problem is life threatening for children: Per the CDC, drowning remains the leading cause of injury related death for. children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause for children under 14. Internationally, the World Health Organization estimates drowning is one of the top five causes of death for people aged 1-14 in 48 of the 85 countries it monitors.
  • Many lack basic swimming skills: In 2014, a survey completed by the American Red Cross found more than half of all Americans (54 percent) either can’t swim or don’t have all of the basic swimming skills.
  • Parents don’t recognize supervision is key: According to a 2016 Safe Kids Worldwide report, despite the fact that lack of supervision played a role in the majority of drowning deaths, less than half of parents (49 percent) indicate they remain within arms’ reach of their child in the water.

More than 41,000 swimmers in 27 countries on six continents participated in 2017. Each location and tens of thousands of participants help spread the Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ message each year.

For more information, please contact Michele Cateson, Aquatics Director, Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA, at mcateson@mgcymca.org or 228-875-5050.

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YMCA and Gulf Coast Running Club to Host 38th Annual Wesson Memorial Run/Walk and Children’s Run

2014-06-23_AOF_6731_RGB YMCA and Gulf Coast Running Club to Host 38th Annual Wesson Memorial Run/Walk and Children's Run

The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA’s Blossman Family Branch along with the Gulf Coast Running Club will be hosting the 38th Annual Wesson Memorial Run on July 4, 2018.  Events for the day include a 2-mile Health Run/Walk at 8:00am and a 1/4-mile Children’s Run at 8:30am.  The starting and ending location will be at the YMCA on Government St., and the running course is a beautiful and scenic one as well as being USTAF Certified.  The cost is $17 for GCRC and YMCA members, $18 for non-members, and $10 for children 12 years and under participating in the 1/4 mile Children’s Run.  Race entries should be postmarked by June 29.  Late registration will be on race day from 7:00-7:45am.  Awards will be given to participants dressing in their best patriotic outfit!  Registration forms are available at the YMCA, and for more information about the event, please contact the YMCA at 228-875-5050, or Leonard of the Gulf Coast Running Club at 228-380-7037, or visit the Y’s website at mgcymca.org.  See you at the run! 

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Singing River Health System Auxiliary Volunteers Award Over $10,000 In Scholarships

Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers at both Ocean Springs Hospital and Singing River Hospital have announced the winners of their annual scholarship awards for students pursuing a health related field of study.  14 recipients were selected based upon their academic achievements, leadership and potential as future medical professionals, including a number of health system employees who are returning to school for advanced degrees.

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED BY OCEAN SPRINGS HOSPITAL AUXILIARY:

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Ciara Kramer, Alexandra Grandonico, Kendra Johnston, Christopher Bui (represented by family), Anna Myers, Jonathan Bui (represented by family).  Not pictured:  Yen Nhi Thi Pham.

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED BY SINGING RIVER HOSPITAL AUXILIARY:

OSH-Scholarship-Winners-2018 Singing River Health System Auxiliary Volunteers Award Over $10,000 In Scholarships

Joshua Cochran, Jazmine Campbell, Laura Kate Taranto, Caroline Pocreva, Dameisha Jenkins.  Not pictured:  Peyton Pound, Chaz Thompson.

“We congratulate these outstanding students on their awards, and are so very grateful to our hospital auxiliary volunteers for their generosity and support of our future health care professionals,” said system CEO Lee Bond.  “We wish these winners all the best as they continue their studies and hope to welcome them back to Singing River to help care for our community.”

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Chevron Donation to Provide Magnolia Middle School Students with Lifesaving CPR Skills

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Moss Point, MS. – Chevron is helping to prepare the next generation of lifesavers by funding a CPR in Schools Training Kit that will train Magnolia Middle School students and their families. With the donation, Magnolia Middle School becomes the first middle school on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to have a CPR in Schools kit available to train students in lifesaving CPR skills.

 

More than 400,000 people suffer out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest each year. The American Heart Association is working to improve this number. Change starts with helping people feel more confident in their abilities during an emergency situation. The Chevron donation will train thousands in the Moss Point community with the skills needed to respond.  

 

Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the U.S. It can happen anytime, anywhere, and to anyone – even young people. It is most often caused by a heart attack, but it can also be caused by trauma, an overdose or drowning. In sudden cardiac arrest, the heart stops beating; blood stops circulating; oxygen stops flowing to the brain; and the victim stops breathing. When bystander CPR is immediately preformed, a victim’s survival rate can double or even triple. Unfortunately, only 41 percent of people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in public get the immediate help they need before emergency services arrive.

 

Studies have shown that students are capable of learning and effectively performing CPR. It has also shown that trainees, including students of 12 years or older, can achieve acceptable levels of proficiency in hands-on CPR in 30 minutes or less. By teaching CPR to middle school students a new generation of lifesavers is created. These CPR in Schools Training Kits will teach thousands of students the skills that they can use should they find someone in an emergency situation.

 

The CPR in Schools Training Kit empowers students to learn the core skills of CPR in under 30 minutes, and it teaches AED skills and choking relief. The easy-to-use kit is designed specifically for the needs of school educators. It’s portable, allowing for convenient movement from classroom to classroom and easy storage. It’s also reusable. The CPR in Schools Training Kit was developed by the American Heart Association and incorporates the very latest science.

 

The CPR in Schools Training Kit includes everything teachers need to properly educate students: an instructional video, facilitator’s guide, mannequins and a mannequin pump, knee pads, replacement parts and sanitizer.

 

“Nationally, each hour 38 people experience a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital setting and, tragically nine out of 10 will not survive,” says Christin Leboeuf, American Heart Association Regional Vice President. “The simple act of CPR can transform health outcomes for our community. We are thankful for the support of Chevron Rehabilitation Hospital.”

 

National CPR Week is June 1-7, and the Chevron CPR in Schools kit provides a timely reminder to learn Hands-Only CPR. It’s quick and effective, and can be learned by almost anyone. For more information about the CPR in Schools Training Kits visit cpr.heart.org.

 

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YMCA Offers Parkinson’s Fitness Class

Beginning May 17, the YMCA, along with Encore Rehabilitation and Singing River Health System, will be offering a specialized group fitness class for anyone with Parkinson’s.  The class will be held every Thursday from 2:00-2:45 pm at the YMCA in Group Fitness Room 1.  The class is free for YMCA members and $20/month for non-members ($10 for May).  For any questions, please contact Jodi Ryder, YMCA Community Impact Director, at jryder@mgcymca.org or 228-875-5050.

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