CenterView: April 03, 2015
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From left, Lindsay Faulkner, nurse, pediatric cardiac ICU; Todd McRaney, staff nurse; and Sarah Goff, nurse, adult emergency room
When a "nightmare" health-care scenario occurs in our state - a highly contagious, dread virus like Ebola; radiation exposure from a breach at a nuclear power facility; an accidental yet potentially lethal chemical spill - who are the brave souls who put their own safety at risk to provide high quality care to those whose very existence threatens the lives of their fellow Mississippians?
The fourth-year students were among thousands across the country who participated simultaneously in the National Resident Matching Program. Most of the 1,000 seats at the Jackson Convention Complex were filled as the students announced to the gathering where they will spend the next three to seven years of their lives.
Dr. Michelle Owens, one of this year’s recipients of the annual Women of Vision awards presented by the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi, says she owes much of her success to the influence of many women. From her mother’s constant encouragement to the hard-fought success of UMMC’s own Dr. Helen Barnes, Owens says she is inspired to continue working for the health of the state’s women and children.
Before they ever put on a lab coat, a nurse’s scrubs or an air ambulance flight suit, many of the Medical Center’s faculty and staff wore another kind of uniform.
Some still wear it whenever they’re called to duty as a reservist or member of the National Guard. But, in a way, even those who hung up this emblem of their service still carry it with them.
Averaging 8,000 consultations each month, UMMC’s telehealth is a growing program needing more room to continue its mission. Enter Venyu Solutions, a Baton Rouge-based company building a tech center – and a new building for telehealth – at the site of the former McRae’s in Fondren. The center has been touted by Gov. Phil Bryant and Mayor Tony Yarber as a win for Jackson and a major plus for Mississippi.
The Gladys Knight benefit concert for the MIND Center at UMMC raised awareness and more than $240,000 to fund the center’s mission to fight Alzheimer’s. The music legend sang, danced and laughed all over the stage in front of adoring fans and local, state and congressional leaders, all who had gathered to continue their support of the MIND Center.
Radio stations from across central Mississippi are broadcasting the 14th annual Mississippi Miracles Radiothon live from the Batson Children’s Hospital lobby. DJs from Jackson’s Y101.7, US 96.3 and Mix 98.7 radio stations, along with DJs from their sister stations from Vicksburg and Meridian, are talking with patients and their families, asking listeners to call in donations for Batson. The three-day event will end Friday. To make a donation, call (601) 984-KIDS (5437).
Batson Children’s Hospital volunteers didn’t let the rain get them down as they led the 33rd annual Mal's St. Paddy's Parade through the rainy streets of Jackson. Volunteers sold T-shirts and beads and collected donations for Mississippi's only children's hospital. This “City Sweep” was one of many events centered around the parade that benefits Batson.