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CenterView: September 13, 2010

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Dr. Jimmy Keeton kicks off UMMC's 1955 blood drive campaign with the help of phlebotomist Ashley Miller, left, and Renee Howard.
Dr. Jimmy Keeton kicks off UMMC's 1955 blood drive campaign with the help of phlebotomist Ashley Miller, left, and Renee Howard.

UMMC's quarterly blood drive seeks new donation standard

The numbers 1955 have always had a special significance at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Platelet donation

The unsung cousin of whole blood donation, platelet donation - or apheresis - has been around just as long and is equally important to the medical community as whole blood donation.

Infection prevention specialist preaches gospel of hand washing

Those who think passion in the workplace is out of date haven't met Elham Ghonim, director of infection prevention for University Hospitals and Health System. She is a zealot about hand hygiene with very good reason: Every year, 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections result in 99,000 deaths in the United States.

Medical Center to initiate Schwartz Center Rounds for caregivers

Caregivers do more than use their skills and training to help patients. They often provide words of encouragement and lend a shoulder to cry on or a hand to hold. Other times, health professionals deal with frustrations that come with helping noncompliant patients and grief that comes with losing patients who had become friends.

Flow improvement plan gets right patients right care at right time

University of Mississippi Health Care has seen a steady rise in patients in recent years. With that growth comes the challenge of coordinating the care of those patients; that is, getting them the care they need, where they need it and ensuring that once released, they continue to get the appropriate level of care.

MRI-guided cryoablation newest weapon in fight against cancer

A study of kidney cancer patients who underwent MRI-guided cryogenic tumor freezing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center outlines a decade of success with a technique on specialized equipment that few hospitals worldwide offer.

In Memoriam: Dr. Jose Miguel Montalvo

Dr. Jose Miguel Montalvo, a former professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, died Aug. 28 in Tallahassee, Fla.

Signing up to serve

Joy Kate Waterer, left, first-year nursing student, receives information about the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi from Patricia Boyd during the Humanitarian Health Partnership's first UMMC Service Day Sept. 1 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. Medical Center faculty and students met face-to-face with representatives from more than 30 volunteer services organizations during the student-organized event.