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CenterView: January 12, 2015

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Meghan Buffington gives her heart a workout on exercise equipment at The Courthouse Racquet and Fitness center in Flowood. UMMC on Jan. 1 acquired all metro-area Courthouse centers and is giving them a medical focus on wellness and healthy living.
Meghan Buffington gives her heart a workout on exercise equipment at The Courthouse Racquet and Fitness center in Flowood. UMMC on Jan. 1 acquired all metro-area Courthouse centers and is giving them a medical focus on wellness and healthy living.

Fit-ting for all: Courthouse agreement ushers in medically related wellness

It’s a new year – and a new opportunity to focus not just on dropping a few pounds, but on overall health and wellness. UMMC’s Jan. 1 acquisition of the metro-area Courthouse Racquet and Fitness centers makes it that much easier for UMMC family members to take charge of their health as a route to disease prevention, proper nutrition and feeling their best.

Psychiatry and Human Behavior under new leadership

A multilingual student of foreign cultures, Dr. Scott Rodgers believes he's discovered the Rosetta Stone of career fulfillment as chair of the Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. In his new role, the former associate dean from Vanderbilt University will be able to lead others while practicing “the most interesting profession of all.”

Tournament hits a hole in $1M for Mississippi's children

More than 1,000 youngsters seek treatment every year at the Children’s Heart Center at Batson Children’s Hospital. To serve that growing volume, the center must have more beds, specialized equipment and staff. A record $1.1 million gift from the Sanderson Farms Championship golf tournament is a huge and heartening step in that direction. Click the link below for the full story and video.

2020 Vision: New strategic plan emphasizes mission integration, individual performance

It’s difficult to know where you’re going without a clear map. That’s true of vacationers, developers . . . and academic health science centers. For more than a year, UMMC’s Strategic Plan Steering Committee has labored to develop an innovative strategic plan that represents each of the institution’s stated missions. Read more about this plan, dubbed “UMMC/2020,” and how each and every employee and student has an important role in its success.

Graduate School leaders look to future

With the retirement of two longtime administrators, the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences is gaining new leadership as its programs expand and students’ needs change. Dean Joey Granger is building up the school’s clinical research infrastructure and growing future scientists. And the two associate deans who retired? You’ll still see them around!

Growing UMMC’s current, future leaders

To be the best leader you can be means being willing to fine-tune your leadership skills and to nurture them in those you supervise. UMMC’s new Leadership Program strives to take its first class and better prepare them to carry out the Medical Center’s strategic plans and mission – and to tackle the goal of improving the health of all Mississippians.

Graduate school dean to chair AHA council

Dr. Joey Granger, dean of the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, has been elected chairman of the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension.