Two local hospitals have received praise from the state department of health.

Magnolia Regional Health Center and Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville have earned the designation of a COVID-19 Center of Excellence by the Mississippi State Department of Health. The honor comes thanks to the two hospitals’ commitment to COVID-19 response in the communities they represent.

“We are incredibly proud that these health systems have stood up to arm their communities with additional vaccination and treatment efforts in the fight against COVID-19,” said State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs. “With the help of these Centers of Excellence, we can reach important populations that might not be otherwise served through our traditional drive-through clinics.”

To be designated as a Center of Excellence, a health care provider must agree to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible members of their communities; serve as a referral location for COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment (a therapeutic infusion to reduce the severity of the disease) and address disparities in vaccination access in their communities.

MRHC is a common subject at the Capitol according to District 2 Rep. Nick Bain of Corinth who said it’s a model hospital at the state level.

“I’ve been in meetings with the governor this week and have been told many times by numerous members of the governor’s office what a wonderful job Magnolia has been doing during this pandemic and ensuring vaccines are administrated timely,” Bain told the Daily Corinthian. “Gov. Reeves has been very complimentary of our hospital and the work they are doing providing to citizens not just locally, but all over the state.”

Earlier this week Magnolia celebrated a milestone of giving over 10,000 COVID-19 vaccinations.

President Joe Biden on Thursday night directed states to make all adults eligible to receive vaccines by May 1 and said he hoped to mark the end of the virus by July 4.

In Mississippi, those currently eligible for the vaccination include adults age 50 and older, anyone 16 to 49 with a chronic health condition, health care workers, long-term care facility residents and staff, teachers and first responders.

MRHC has available appointments for the first dose, as well as Walmart and Kroger pharmacies in Corinth.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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