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CenterView: May 13, 2013

CenterView is published every other week, and is the internal publication of the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Content features news of interest for and about Medical Center faculty, staff, and students. Content may be reprinted with appropriate credit.

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Dan Turner
Dan Turner

AirCare nurse seeks return to skies after devastating motorcycle accident

He doesn’t remember the deer, the ambulance or the ICU.

There’s a black hole in Dan Turner’s memory of 30 days’ duration. A 270-pound chunk of irony with antlers crashed into him, bursting from the woods in the early December dusk. But he doesn’t remember it.

Infectious diseases division joins national women’s HIV study

As UMMC joins a nationwide study of women with HIV, paving a path to funding and 20 years of accumulated data, organizers hope more Medical Center researchers will climb aboard.

School of Nursing students learn dementia’s challenges first-hand

Mary McNair remembers her mother as an “amazing lady who had a great sense of humor.” A sense of humor which helped her cope with Alzheimer’s disease.

SON staff tend school garden to grow healthier lifestyles in children

The vegetable garden lies in the morning sun on the east side of Johnson Elementary School in Jackson – three long, raised beds bursting with greens, stalks and spindles flowering seeds and thread-like leaves.

Medical Center marks 50th anniversary of momentous surgical achievement

When Dr. James D. Hardy and his surgical team became the first to successfully transplant a lung from one human to another, there were no social media available to tout the landmark event.

Awards ceremony recognizes Medical Center’s excellent nurses

The 2013 Excellence in Nursing Awards were presented to Medical Center nurses during a May 8 ceremony at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.  Recipients include, seated from left, Clarissa Thompson-McGee, Nurse Mentor of the Year; Kimberly Edwards, Nurse Manager of the Year; Debbie Konkle-Parker, Nurse Researcher of the Year; Amy Williams, Nurse in a Non-traditional Setting of the Year; Gordon Gartrell, Nurse Rookie of the Year; and standing from left, Skye Stoker, Nursing Unit of the Year; Traci Dickens, Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year; Sarah Gilbert, Clinical Practice Nurse of the Year; Jennifer Hargett, Nurse Educator of the Year; Jacqueline Carrillo and Cheryl Dunaway, Advanced Practice Nurses of the Year; Richard Alexander, Nurse of the Year; and Cissy Bailey, Nursing Unit of the Year. (Enlarge photo)

Admins trade spaces with staff during Employee Appreciation Week

Hospital administrators and directors who volunteered to give up their parking spaces on campus board the shuttle to take them to their new parking spaces at Veterans Memorial Stadium, while the employees who won the “Trading Spaces” drawing as part of Employee Appreciation Week wave to them. Other events during the week included a “We are UMMC” video contest, Team Spirit Awards, food giveaways, Circles Concierge Service gift basket drawings, gift shop discounts, retirement seminars, cooking demonstrations, a Toastmasters Club presentation, and presentations by guest speakers Marshall Ramsey and Walt Grayson. The UMMC Appreciation Night at the Mississippi Braves game originally scheduled for May 2 has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 16.