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CenterView: December 12, 2011

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George Hemphill, forground, ER nurse, communicates via eICU while ER tech Mark Collins and nurses Melissa Stevens, left, and Michelle Moore provide care.
George Hemphill, forground, ER nurse, communicates via eICU while ER tech Mark Collins and nurses Melissa Stevens, left, and Michelle Moore provide care.

USDA grant helps put UMMC at forefront of electronic intensive care

Two years ago this month, University of Mississippi Health Care unveiled an electronic intensive care remote monitoring system designed to provide round-the-clock care to critically ill patients both here and around the state.

Research suggests soy protein supplement bests dairy in lowering cholesterol

A study of commonly used dietary supplements indicates soy protein trumps milk protein in lowering cholesterol levels - especially the harmful low-density lipoproteins - and, like the dairy protein, is associated with lowered blood pressure.

Safety manager's community outreach helps prevent unintentional injuries

When a child is injured, doctors and nurses treat the injury. As manager of the Safety and Community Outreach Program at Batson Children's Hospital, Elizabeth Foster treats the environment.

UMHC drive supports Marine Corps' toy effort

It's LeAnn Harcharik's second year to organize a Toys for Tots campaign at the Medical Center, but the UMHC nurse manager said she was impressed by the spike in participation over last year's effort.

SHRP students bring holiday cheer to children

Members of SHRP's Associated Student Body delivered a taste of holiday cheer to Batson Children's Hospital patients this holiday season.

Food and Nutrition Services help feed state's hungry

When members of the Division of Food and Nutrition Services decided to start a charitable tradition by collecting canned goods to help feed the state's hungry during the holiday season, it seemed like a natural fit.

Graduate Studies brings Cajun flare to holiday open house

The trappings of Christmas don't usually include 30 pounds of onions. Or 40 pounds of crawfish tails. But in the hands of Dr. Joey Granger and his administrative staff, those are the makings of a Cajun-themed annual School of Graduate Studies Holiday Open House.

Pastoral Services director recalls Christmas 'epiphany'

Dr. Ruth Black, director of pastoral services, recalls a patient interaction from years ago that touched her deeply. As the encounter happened around Christmas, it seemed fitting for her to share it now, she said.

Students' research supports use of crafts in OT practice

When a group of occupational therapy students did their literature review in preparation for a research study last year, they were surprised to find that not much research has been done on the use of crafts in the OT profession.

UMMCares Spirit of Giving

The second round of the UMMCares community giving campaign will run until 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. The goal is to raise $130,000 for the 13 charities included in the campaign.

Institute reveals all of Santa's secrets

Kindergarten and first-grade students at St. Richard Catholic School visited the Medical Center Dec. 2 to learn how Santa Claus makes his annual Christmas Eve trip around the world during the Santa Institute, hosted by UMMC faculty Dr. Andrew Grady, Dr. David Dzielak and Dr. Rebecca Waterer.