CenterView: December 15, 2014
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As mom Michelle Morgan of Biloxi watches, 2-year-old Abigail Morgan gives her heart surgeon, Dr. Ali Dodge-Khamati, a big high five just two days after he repaired a "hole" in her heart and her leaking mitral valve in an innovative procedure performed at only a few medical centers internationally.
From looking at her today, you’d never know that Biloxi toddler Abigail Morgan underwent life-saving heart surgery one week ago. Indeed, you might not have known if you’d looked at her a few hours after the procedure as she watched a Disney movie in bed. Credit her pediatric cardiovascular team and Dr. Ali Dodge-Khatami for giving Abigail, at age 2, the chance to just be a kid.
Four works by paper sculptor Blanche Batson now hang in the Rowland Medical Library – gifts of Ada Seltzer, who directed the library from December 1986 until June 2008. Now, in her retirement, Seltzer is still contributing to the welcoming atmosphere she helped cultivate at the institution she served for more than 20 years.
Since UMMC has been offering telehealth services to rural patients in Mississippi, officials have seen the opportunity for growth. Now, TeleMIND, a service provided by the MIND Center, has been established to help diagnose and monitor patients with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
The IHL may have made history in April when it approved the affiliation agreement that partnered the Methodist Rehabilitation Center with UMMC. But the real work behind that relationship was just getting started. Read how visionaries from both organizations have taken account of “big picture” goals while forging a powerful new model for neuroscience research, education and clinical care in Mississippi.
A visit to the Oxford office of pediatric dentist and UMMC alum Dr. Hayden Perkins is magical. Bright colors, artwork and photographs are everywhere. There’s a huge indoor tree that casts a shadow over the exam tables. Oh, and don’t forget the office Golden retriever, Sophie. His patients’ parents, however, say the dentist with a passion for treating special-needs kids is the magical one.
He’s still making his list and checking it twice, but Santa Claus on Friday left his workshop long enough to visit good little boys and girls in need of cheer at Batson Children’s Hospital. With assistance from the Joint Forces Headquarters of the Mississippi Army National Guard in Jackson, the Jolly Old Elf, wife Mrs. Claus and a trusted Santa’s Helper gave a preview of the toys and treats.