UMMCares community campaign begins today
Beginning today and continuing through Friday, UMMC employees may once again donate to community service organizations as part of the UMMCares campaign.
Fourteen charitable groups doing community-building work in the metro area and beyond have been certified to receive employee donations through payroll deduction. Deductions will take effect in 2014 and are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Visit the UMMCares website at www.umc.edu/communitycampaign to review the participating organizations and to make your donation. The donation process only takes a minute or two.
Technology today: patients Skype with Santa
Santa Claus shares photos of his reindeer with Batson Children's Hospital patient Antonia Marino, 9, during a "cyber stop" at the hospital with help from elves at Cisco Systems.
Cisco's Santa Connection Program enables hospitalized children to remotely communicate with Santa using the company's video collaboration technologies.
Who-ville donate blood this week? You-ville!
Blood donors will have the opportunity to show their holiday spirit when Mississippi Blood Services personnel visit the Medical Center Dec. 9-13 for the third of four quarterly blood drives.
All donors will receive an MBS "Who-ville" T-shirt. Identification is required to donate blood. All donors should eat at least four hours before giving blood and drink plenty of liquids before and after donating.
Times, dates and places for the drive include:
• 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;
• 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the University Hospital entrance;
• 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;
• 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;
• 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the student lounge in the School of Dentistry building;
• 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Batson Children's Hospital;
• 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Bailey Avenue entrance to the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and
• 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the University Hospital entrance.
For more information about the blood drive, call Renee Howard at 4-2884 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s excellent performance earns laurels
Sue Weatter, executive director of the Arkansas Institute for Performance Excellence, presents the organization's 2013 Achievement Award for Performance Excellence to Dr. Rick Barr, left, Suzan B. Thames Professor and Chair of Pediatrics, and Guy Giesecke, Children's of Mississippi CEO.
The award represents the first step in the process of applying for the coveted Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's only presidential award for performance excellence.
St. Nick to appear at UMMC's holiday parties
The Medical Center will entertain its employees, students and staff with traditional holiday parties from 2-3:30 p.m. and again from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, in the University Hospital atrium.
A holiday party for Jackson Medical Mall employees is scheduled from 2-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the UMMC Conference Center.
Refreshments will be available and a special visitor from the North Pole is scheduled to attend each party.
SHRP, medical students donate toys for BCH
School of Health Related Professions and School of Medicine students, from left, Teresa Mott, M2, Shelby Harrell, radiologic sciences, Freda Lindsey, M2, and Clarence Holmes, physical therapy, prepare to deliver toys collected for Batson Children's Hospital patients.
More than 500 toys were collected in the drive, a joint effort between students in SHRP and the School of Medicine.
Holmes is president of the SHRP Associated Student Body; Harrell is vice president of the SHRP ASB; Mott and Lindsey are members of the School of Medicine's Pediatric Interest Group.
Medicine faculty welcome Kitzman
Dr. Geoffrey A. Kitzman, an attending physician in the Department of Hospital Medicine at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.
After graduating from George Washington University in 2002 with degrees in biology and French, Kitzman received the M.P.H. in health systems management from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the M.D. from the Tulane University School of Medicine concurrently in 2006.
He had residency training in internal medicine at Tulane from 2006-09 and a hepatology fellowship at the Florida Hospital Transplant Center, Orlando, from 2009-10, before joining the Ochsner Clinic Foundation.
Rueedi-Bettschen joins psychiatry faculty
Dr. Daniela Rueedi-Bettschen, a research instructor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in psychiatry.
After attending the University of Bern, Switzerland, to study veterinary medicine from 1993-95, Rueedi-Bettschen received the M.S. in biology of behavior in 2000 and the Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience in 2004 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow there in 2005 before moving to Massachusetts, where she completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard Medical School in 2008. She has since served as a research instructor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
A member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and the International Study Group Investigating Drugs as Reinforcers, Rueedi-Bettschen has authored or coauthored 20 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, two book chapters and numerous abstracts.
UMMC staff receive service recognition
The Medical Center is proud to acknowledge those employees who will celebrate service anniversaries this week:
* Dianne Jamison, administrative assistant, School of Dentistry (Endodontics)
* Bernadette Nwagwu, RN, Batson Children's Hospital (Newborn ICU)
* Dr. Hamed Benghuzzi, professor in the School of Health Related Professions (Clinical Health Sciences)
* Nataniel Hughes, CRNA, Anesthesia
* Dr. Kimberly Simpson, associate professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences
* Leslie Taylor, RN, Wiser Hospital (Labor and Delivery/Surgery)
* Daniel Turner, flight/transport nurse, Helicopter Transport
* Jimmy Chambers, security guard, Holmes County Hospital (Physical Plant)
* Tricia Pittman, occupational therapist, Adult Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy)
* Donald Allen, metallurgical lab assistant, School of Dentistry (Biomedical Materials Science)
* Debra Bumgardner, senior IT project manager, Information Systems
* Phoebe Carter, technician, Environmental Services
* Leo Easley, inpatient nurse, Batson Children's Hospital (Pediatric Psychiatry)
* Kristi Horton-Ferguson, business systems application coordinator/analyst, Information Systems
* Dana Owens, customer care representative, University Physicians (Scheduling)
* Jennifer Smith, LPN, Surgery (Urology)
* Kavitria Woods, mental health technician, Batson Children's Hospital (Pediatric Psychiatry)
Schwartz Rounds to cover family involvement
Dr. Rick Boyte, professor of pediatrics, and Doris Whitaker, hospital chaplain, will facilitate the next Schwartz Center Rounds presentation, "When Family Involvement Impedes Health Care," at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).
Dr. R. Craig Long, assistant professor of cardiology, Fairest Stevenson-Matthews, nurse manager in cardiac rehabilitation, Alicia Augustine, nurse practitioner in cardiology, and Linda McComb, hospital chaplain, will serve as panelists for the discussion.
Refreshments will be available. Attendees must bring their UMMC identification badge to be scanned for credit. Continuing education credit will be available.
For more information, call Dr. Elizabeth Franklin at 5-5141 or email her at email@example.com.
Grill to focus on chemotherapeutic resistance
Dr. Raymond J. Grill, associate professor of integrative biology and pharmacology at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston, will present "Chemotherapeutic Resistance in Spinal Cord Injury: Lessons from Cancer" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in room 6A in the School of Medicine.
All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.
For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.
UMMC CEOs to lead motivational meetings
Kevin Cook, CEO of University Hospitals and Health System, and Guy Giesecke, CEO of Children's of Mississippi, will host a series of half-hour Motivating, Achieving and Progressing (MAP) meetings in December. Medical Center faculty and staff are encouraged to attend at least one of the meetings.
The meetings are scheduled at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in room 7A; 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, in meeting room 3536 on the third floor of the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Central Billing Office in Clinton.
For more information about the MAP meetings, call Tonya Moore at 4-4104.
Chambers to weigh in on bariatric surgery
Dr. Adam Chambers, postdoctoral fellow at the Metabolic Disease Institute, University of Cincinnati, will present "Weight-dependent Benefits of Bariatric Surgery: Beyond Restriction" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.
All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis.
The seminar is presented by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.