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September
9/12/2014Run for the Ribbons raises awareness of gynecologic cancers | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Brandon resident Debbie Gamblin had surgery a year ago in her quest to beat uterine cancer, the most common of all gynecologic...

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9/11/2014UMMC experts share advice on hydration during exercise-intensive sports | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – It’s the mantra drilled into the heads of coaches and athletes for decades: Drink plenty of water so you won’t get dehydrated.

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9/4/2014New University Heart facility offers wide scope of care and efficiency under one roof | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – University Heart, a new diagnostic and treatment facility at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, is offering patients a...

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August
8/25/2014Will Rogers Institute, Variety Children's Charity award $25,000 to UMMC's NICU | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. — The Will Rogers Institute and Variety, the Children’s Charity of the United States, awarded a $25,000 grant Aug. 22 to the state’s...

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8/21/2014ALS explained: UMMC experts put patients' quality of life first | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for ALS research is one thing.

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8/20/2014UMMC Cancer Symposium shares major advances in prevention, treatment | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Cancer Institute and the Mississippi Society of Oncology will hold a one-day...
8/18/2014Celebrity chef Cat Cora, eight select Jackson-area chefs to participate in culinary event to benefit nursing scholarships at UMMC | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Celebrity chef and Jackson native Cat Cora of Food Network’s Iron Chef America, along with her mother, Dr. Virginia Lee Cora, UMMC...
8/11/2014Friends of Children's Hospital plans for BankPlus presents, Enchanted Evening | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss.—Friends of Children’s Hospital announced plans for its annual BankPlus Presents, Enchanted Evening gala scheduled for Saturday,...

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8/7/2014UMMC stands ready to care for victims of Ebola and other communicable diseases | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. –Although much attention has been placed on a highly specialized isolation unit at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, where two...

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July
7/31/2014Children’s hospital patient Grant Wilcher announced as BankPlus’ Orlando dream giveaway winner | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. –This year’s Thanksgiving dinner is going to be a little different for 12-year-old Grant Wilcher of Union, Miss. and his family....

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7/29/2014Animal bite repair at UMMC can call for special care, reconstructive surgery
JACKSON, Miss. – Dr. Ricky Clay will never forget the day when his neighbor’s German shepherd rushed at him, teeth bared, and zeroed in on his face.

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7/23/2014Mannings embrace partnership with UMMC to tackle health challenges in Mississippi | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Archie and Olivia Manning announced today the launch of a campaign to boost the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s...

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7/15/2014Cure for prostate cancer focus of HBCU students’ research | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – A collaborative effort between University of Mississippi Medical Center cancer researchers, Tougaloo College and Jackson State...

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7/14/2014UMMC among "most wired" health-care facilities | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Medical Center was recently named to the 2014 “Most Wired” list for health-care facilities by...

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7/10/2014Statement on “Mississippi Baby” from Dr. Hannah Gay, professor of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center
Regrettably, it was confirmed last week in test results the child known as the “Mississippi Baby” has come out of remission from the HIV virus.
7/9/2014Top nursing officer named for UMMC adult hospitals | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. –  Terri Gillespie, a veteran nursing leader and Children’s of Mississippi chief nursing and clinical services officer, has been...

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7/9/2014Children’s Safety Program says new report underscores importance of buckling up | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – A new report on possible reasons why more teens die in motor vehicle crashes than from any other cause of death is sounding alarms...

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7/7/2014UMMC promotions and tenure | (PDF)
More than 50 current Medical Center faculty will begin the 2014-15 academic year with a promotion in rank, newly granted tenure, or both."The...
7/3/2014Youth leader bikes to support Batson Hospital | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Randall Lewis recently went on the ride of his life to help kids.Inspired by the youth he works with at  Life Church in Columbia,...

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7/2/2014UMMC leads the way in palliative care with newly accredited fellowship
The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Division of Pediatric Palliative Care recently became one of only 10 programs nationwide offering an...

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June
6/30/2014HPV immunization given to preteens provides best cancer protection | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Your preteen boy enters sixth grade this fall, and football – not the cute girl in English class – is his big focus.

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6/24/2014Voluntary HIV testing at Hinds County Jail part of UMMC's prevention strategy | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Dr. Leandro Mena, an associate professor of infectious diseases at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has received a...

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6/13/2014Myrlie Evers-Williams lends name to UMMC institute bolstering health equality | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, helped dedicate the UMMC Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute...

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6/15/2014New sickle cell clinic offers specialized care to patients in crisis | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. - A new sickle cell disease clinic at the University of Mississippi Medical Center will help patients get swift, specialized care to...

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6/10/2014Pump gives heart failure patients quality of life, hope for future | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – It was just eight months ago, Harold Mayberry remembers, that his cardiologists at another Mississippi hospital said there was...

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6/9/2014Statement on the availability of cannabidiol oil | (PDF)
The Mississippi Legislature passed legislation in April approving the University of Mississippi Medical Center to dispense cannabidiol oil (CBD) for...
6/6/2014AirCare's critical care paramedics to offer advanced life-saving care | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – When the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s AirCare flight team responds to a disaster, accident scene or other medical...

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6/2/2014UMMC senior leader announces transition plans | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Dr. James E. Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, has announced he will step down from...

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May
5/29/2014Veg out for health at farmer's markets, UMMC experts say | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – As Mississippi’s farmer’s markets gear up for the biggest weeks of the summer, University of Mississippi Medical Center food...

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5/27/2014UMMC dentist's reaction to staged burglary to be broadcast nationally | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – While enjoying a leisurely meal, you notice someone walk up to a parked car, appear to force a door open and begin to rifle through...

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5/23/2014In largest commencement ever, UMMC confers 846 degrees to health-care and science professionals | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – A record 846 physicians, dentists, nurses, allied health professionals and graduate students in the health sciences were awarded...

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5/22/2014In largest commencement ever, UMMC to confer 846 degrees to health-care and science professionals | (PDF)
WHAT: The 58th Annual UMMC Commencement 


5/22/2014At UMMC's 58th annual commencement largest class ever receives degrees
Today’s one more day for the record books at UMMC.

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5/20/2014Revitalized bariatric surgery program already notching success stories
Elizabeth Beasley has so much energy she can’t lie still for a nap, and not that she wants to.

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5/20/2014Friends of Children's Hospital receives $50,000 donation from 1st Franklin Financial | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi branches of 1st Franklin Financial Corporation recently chose Friends of Children’s Hospital to receive its annual...

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5/20/2014UMMC students help local elementary children ‘discover’ nursing | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – A sea of little hands shot into the air when senior nursing student Rebecca Ross asked the third grade class at Jackson’s Brown...

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5/19/2014Brother's courage inspires UMMC senior dentistry student | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – The news about his brother was like a punch in the gut to John Wikle.

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5/16/2014Private development to bring apartments, offices, retail to UMMC property on Lakeland Drive | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – A mixed-use project by a private development group on property owned by the University of Mississippi Medical Center could bring...

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5/15/2014Regions Bank recognizes UMMC neuroscientist with second annual TEACH prize | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – At nearly any point in the year, Dr. Ian Paul, School of Medicine professor of psychiatry and human behavior, can be found working...

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5/15/2014Technology, tenacity key on dance floor and in life, says UMMC prosthetics expert | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – As Paralympian snowboarder Amy Purdy has waltzed, fox-trotted and tangoed her way into Monday’s finals of ABC’s Dancing with the...

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5/14/2014Two Fugate Quads Go Home Today | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Today marks a bittersweet milestone for the Fugate family as two of their four quadruplets were released from the neonatal...

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5/13/2014Three of the Fugate quadruplets going home | (PDF)
WHAT: Three of the Fugate quads born in February are scheduled to be released. 
5/7/2014Jackson Surgeon named to Leadership Position | (PDF)
JACKSON – Dr. Charles S. O’Mara has been named associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
5/6/2014New procedure at UMMC repairs heart without opening children’s chests
JACKSON, Miss. – Moms and dads of babies born with what’s known as a “hole” in their heart usually brace themselves for open-heart surgery, the...

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5/5/2014Emergency teams aid in tornadoes' aftermath
Tornadoes that ripped through the state on Monday, April 28, put UMMC’s emergency responders, care providers and medical equipment into action to...

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5/2/2014Stroke Awareness Month event on Tuesday to help educate public on signs, symptoms, prevention | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – When her foot seemed to go to sleep last November and she had to drag it to walk, “it never entered my mind that I was having a...

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5/1/2014Third Pediatric Endowed Chair Announced
In the midst of the storm of the season, colleagues, friends and family braved the elements to stand by professor emeritus Dr. Paul Parker at the...

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April
4/30/2014Existing leukemia drug brings new hope for fighting aggressive breast cancer | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – A drug used to treat leukemia patients shows promise in fighting triple-negative breast cancer, a particularly aggressive subtype...

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4/30/2014Dr. John Hall named SEC Professor of the Year | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Dr. John Hall, a professor and administrator at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has been named the Southeastern...

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4/29/2014Morning Update, Louisville MS storm response
As of 8 a.m. Central, medical responders in Louisville, Mississippi, including teams sent by the University of Mississippi Medical Center,...
4/24/2014IHL approves affiliation between UMMC, Methodist Rehabilitation | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Two of Mississippi’s leading health-care providers are formally affiliating to provide a powerful new model for neuroscience...

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4/22/2014Anatomical Donors Ceremony of Thanksgiving | (PDF)
WHAT: Ceremony of Thanksgiving for Anatomical Donors
4/21/2014Rep. Harper, House Majority Whip McCarthy, former Sen. Lott at UMMC to discuss legislative, business support for telehealth technology | (PDF)
WHAT: U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and former Sen. Trent Lott will discuss future roles for telehealth technology in...
4/11/2014Just for women: Heart clinic a place for support, understanding | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – When it comes to heart disease, women need to be seen, and women need to be believed, Mississippi’s first female interventional...

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4/9/2014New procedure at UMMC a boon for lung cancer detection | (PDF)
Photos and video can be found here.JACKSON, Miss. – More lung cancer patients could be saved by a new diagnostic procedure available at the...

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4/8/2014Groundbreaking partnership transforms children's behavioral and mental health | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – The Children’s Collaborative, a transformative partnership announced today between the University of Mississippi Medical Center...

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4/7/2014As Fugate quadruplets grow, three enjoying first bottles | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Eight weeks after their premature birth, two of Kimberly and Craig Fugate’s identical quadruplets popped a celebratory bottle.

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4/7/2014Groundbreaking partnership to transform Children's Behavioral Health
WHAT: The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and Mississippi Children’s Home Services (MCHS) to announce new partnership, The...
4/3/2014With Homerun Project, it’s a brand-new ballgame for science teachers
Key points:Teach students the value of making healthy choicesTeach students the consequences of making poor health choicesTeach students where to...

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4/3/2014Grad school to bring fun science to kids during Discovery U DAY at Mississippi Children's Museum | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Children and their families can discover the exciting world of biomedical science during Discovery U Day at the Mississippi...
4/2/2014UMMC to offer free oral cancer screenings April 23 | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Free screenings for oral cancer will be offered at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Clinic in the Jackson...
4/1/2014Pinwheels, virtual and visual, promote child abuse prevention | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Blue pinwheels, signifying April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, are popping up across the map, both virtually and at a...

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March
3/28/2014New SHRP program looks to increase minority interest | (PDF)
Mere weeks after enrolling its first cohort participants, the Healthcare Equity and Leadership Institute (HELI) in the School of Health Related...

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3/21/2014UMMC med students learn their future on residency Match Day | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Medical students at the University of Mississippi Medical Center discovered today where they will spend the next three to seven...

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3/21/2014Subaru “Shares the Love” with Friends of Children's Hospital | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. –  Paul Moak Subaru in Jackson recently presented a $3,000 check to Friends of Children’s Hospital. The money was raised during...

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3/20/2014Jackson Prep seniors donate Pounding the Pavement race proceeds for cancer research at UMMC | (PDF)
Photos can be found here.JACKSON, Miss. – The Jackson Preparatory School senior class of 2014 on Thursday donated $14,360.11 to further research at...

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3/19/2014NMMC, Batson Children's Hospital Collaboration Brings Pediatric Subspecialist to Tupelo | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Dr. Jessica Sparks Lilley, a pediatric endocrinologist on the faculty of the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Batson...

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3/19/2014Jackson Prep Seniors to donate Pounding the Pavement race proceeds for cancer research at UMMC | (PDF)
WHAT: Jackson Preparatory School Class of 2014 to donate Pounding the Pavement for a Cure 5k run proceeds for research at the UMMC Cancer Institute
3/7/2014More than 38 Groups Benefit from SON Students’ 3,200 Hours of Service | (PDF)
Conducting blood pressure and BMI screenings, administering flu vaccinations, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, and teaching health classes...

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3/6/2014USDA, ARC select UMMC for telehealth grant to serve Appalachian counties
JACKSON, Miss. – The United States Department of Agriculture and the Appalachian Regional Commission have selected the University of Mississippi...
3/5/2014HIV specialist Gay pleased Mississippi Baby case raised physician awareness | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Dr. Hannah Gay, the University of Mississippi Medical Center pediatric HIV physician who treated the Mississippi Baby with an early...
3/5/2014MIND Center at UMMC to open new clinic location with reception | (PDF)
WHAT: The Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia (MIND) Center will officially open the MIND Center Clinic with a gauze cutting and...
3/4/2014One year later, Mississippi baby remains free of HIV | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Dr. Hannah Gay, University of Mississippi Medical Center associate professor of pediatrics, reports the following:
3/4/2014USDA, ARC select UMMC for telemedicine grant to serve Mississippi's appalachian counties | (PDF)
WHAT: Representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the University of Mississippi...
3/4/2014UMMC cardiologist leads only heart program of its kind in Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi native Dr. Michael R. McMullan has returned to the University of Mississippi Medical Center to direct a program...

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3/3/2014IHOP Pancake fundraiser to benefit Children's Hospital | (PDF)
WHAT: For the ninth consecutive year, IHOP restaurants® nationwide will offer each guest a free short stack of its famous buttermilk pancakes on...
3/3/2014Emergency Medicine Report Card scores Mississippi as best in Southeast | (PDF)
Mississippi’s emergency care environment outranked all other Southeastern states and placed 26th out of 51 overall, according to a report from the...

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February
2/28/2014Statement on Mr. Walter Williams | (PDF)
Mr. Walter Williams, a Lexington resident receiving home-hospice care for end-stage cardiovascular disease and multiple underlying ailments, arrived...
2/25/2014Annual Radiothon Benefiting Children’s Hospital To Be Held THIS WEEK | (PDF)
WHAT: Radio stations from across central Mississippi are joining forces for the 13th annual Mississippi Miracles Radiothon. The event benefits...
2/21/2014Taste of the U to brings food, fun, fundraising to Jackson Medical Mall on Saturday | (PDF)
WHAT: Taste of the U, the Medical Center’s annual extravaganza of food, themes, music and costumes will fill the Jackson Medical Mall to raises...
2/19/2014Medical Center's Taste of the U party to support patient needs with food, fun and costumes | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s homage to food and fun-raising, Taste of the U, will return for its 24th year with...

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2/14/2014Odds of four: "incalculable" | (PDF)
“There are more feet.” Those words, spoken by Kim Fugate’s physician during delivery, first alerted her she was having quadruplets. She and husband,...

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2/7/2014UMMC Grenada welcomed into medical center family during ceremony | (PDF)
GRENADA, Miss. – During a noontime ceremony, physicians, nurses, executives and leaders from the City of Grenada, community, county, state and...

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2/7/2014Give Kids A Smile Day 2014 | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Some 800 Jackson-area elementary school students went on a field trip to get their teeth cleaned – some for the first time – during...

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2/6/2014For heart-health awareness, UMMC visitors, faculty, staff, students can post a Go Red selfie | (PDF)
WHAT: To raise awareness for heart health, media are welcome to shoot video of a "selfie" booth set up in the University Hospital upper lobby. At...
2/6/2014Volunteers to clean, assess teeth of nearly 1,200 Jackson children during Give Kids a Smile day at UMMC | (PDF)
WHAT: Nearly 1,200 Jackson children will receive dental cleanings and exams from volunteers including UMMC School of Dentistry faculty members and...
2/6/2014Warm blanket, new heart for Port Gibson woman
When cardiac patient Sharon Mackey goes home, she’ll take with her at least two mementos from her stay at UMMC, she said: “a warm blanket and a warm...

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2/6/2014UMMC Grenada Grand Opening February 7 | (PDF)
WHAT: Grand opening of the University of Mississippi Medical Center Grenada

2/5/2014Putt to lead UMMC's hospitals in Grenada, Lexington | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – David Putt, an experienced hospital executive who has run health-care organizations large and small, has been appointed chief...

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January
1/23/2014New telehealth program assists diabetes patients in Delta | (PDF)
Innovative Public-Private Partnership Will Expand Access to Quality Care for Patients across Mississippi January 23, 2014 – JACKSON, Miss. –...

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1/22/2014Governor Phil Bryant will visit UMMC to help launch the Diabetes Telehealth Network | (PDF)
WHAT: Gov. Phil Bryant will visit UMMC to help launch the Diabetes Telehealth Network. In addition to remarks by Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor...
1/14/2014Health insurance marketplace information event | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Metro area residents looking for affordable health insurance coverage, or who are just seeing answers about the Affordable Care...
1/13/2014UMMC nurse educator earns coveted leadership training slot | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Kimberly Rowzee, a nurse educator at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has won acceptance to an exclusive, year-long...

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1/13/2014UMMC PLANS TO EXPAND AIRCARE SERVICE, REACH PATIENTS SOONER, WITH NEW HELICOPTER IN GRENADA | (PDF)
JACKSON, Miss. – Addition of a third AirCare helicopter, which would be based at UMMC Grenada this spring, promises to save lives by quickly...

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1/13/2014Former Gov. Winter to speak at MLK Day celebration at UMMC | (PDF)
WHAT: Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter to speak during UMMC celebration of diversity in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.