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The only major medical center serving a population of about 200,000 in seven predominantly rural Mississippi counties and two parishes in Louisiana strives diligently to provide the same level of modern, technology-driven healthcare that people would receive in cities like Jackson, New Orleans and Memphis. That means the underlying information technology systems for some 1,200 employees, doctors and other healthcare professionals with access to the network must also be state of the art a constant challenge for Chief Information Officer Mike Moak.

"The bigger hospitals may be ahead of us on some of these things," said Moak, "but we're not far behind. We have to have the capabilities to bring in options for the solutions we need to do the kind of job the hospital wants to do for this community."