Canton News

PRST STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID CANTON, MS PERMIT NO. 3 Canton News P.O. Box 1163, Canton, MS 39046 ood News You Can Use • August 1, 2019 • Vol. 5, No. 8 • Canton, Mississippi 8:30-6:00 M-F 8:30-12:30 Sat Stace Cauthe Sander & Bil M b 1301 East Peace Street, Canton 39046 601-859-4212 Welcome Fred's Customers' Your prescription ar now availabl a Mississipp Discoun Drug & M b ' Dru Stor . W wil bea or matc€ an pric - everyda ! UMMC Physicians offer services at Merit Health In 1994, In His Steps Ministries (IHS) was begun in Canton by Jas- per and Carolyn Bacon as an in- tervention ministry to intercede in the lives of juvenile offenders and their families. IHS staff and vol- unteers are pres- ently reaching incarcerated boys in nearly a dozen Mississippi coun- ties through visi- tation and regu- lar Bible studies. They hold weekly Christ-centered Bible studies at three detention centers in Central Mississippi and as a result, have helped hundreds of boys accept Christ. In His Steps also uses specialized and creative ministries to reach at-risk children and their families. Their Prevention Ministry uses By Lori Lycette the S.P.A.S.E. (Spiritual, Physi- cal, Academic, Social and Emo- tional) Program, which enables each child to reach his or her full potential and ultimately become self-sufficient. This program offers the After-School Program, Sum- mer Enrich- ment Program and Saturday Morning Read- ing Discovery. The Fam- ily Minis- try provides C h r i s t - c e n - tered individu- al counseling, w o r k s h o p s , annual con- ferences and retreats. The Sports Minis- try offers soc- cer, basketball and football camps, mentoring and weekly team devo- tionals for middle and high school athletes. The Compassionate Services min- istry is designed to bring churches together to serve the physical and spiritual needs of Canton residents and the surrounding communities. They unite to help families in need, such as minor home repairs for the elderly or furnishing Christmas gifts for a family in crisis. Carolyn Bacon stated that they assist with determining individual giftings and help with trade vo- cation. “We want to give a hand up, not a handout.” They ask and truly listen to the specific needs of others, rather than telling them or just providing what they feel is needed most. Bacon said that God has called him and Carolyn to love the city through building rela- tionships, and they desire to work closely with the local community and partner with them. anton ministry still following God’s lea Special to The Canton News Reverend and Mrs. Jasper Bacon A business venture with Merit Health Madison is opening the door for University of Missis- sippi Medical Center physicians to perform surgeries and provide inpatient post-operative care at Merit Health’s hospital in Can- ton, effectively expanding UM- MC’s adult hospital capacity and operating room availability. The business venture has been realized through a UMMC-af- filiated not-for-profit company, Healthier Mississippi Collabo- rative, made possible by an act of the Mississippi Legislature in 2017. The act, the first of its kind in Mississip- pi, paves the way for the Medi- cal Center to engage in health care-relat- ed business relationships with public and private entities. The business venture with Merit Health Mad- Special to The Canton News cont. on page 2 cont. on page 5 Entrance to In His Steps Photo by Lori Lycette ison reflects UMMC’s commit- ment to caring for the health and wellness of Mississippians by increasing patient access to spe- cialty ser- vices pro- vided by the state’s only ac- a d e m i c m e d i c a l center and t r a i n i n g opportunities for the next gener- ation of health care providers. “We’re excited to collabo- rate with UMMC to bring more health care resources to central Mississippi,” said Steve Dobbs, regional president and chief ex- ecutive officer of Merit Health, a network of nine affiliated hospi- tals in Mississippi. “Our facility in Canton has surgical capacity, and our staff welcomes the op- portunity to work with UMMC’s surgeons to expand access to care for patients from Madison County and beyond.” The business venture allows UMMC providers to be more