New partnership to assist HIV/AIDS patients
The Medical Center and the Mississippi Center for Justice announced a medical-legal partnership May 9 to provide free civil legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS.
The collaboration, which includes a joint agreement between UMMC, the justice center, the Mississippi State Department of Health's Crossroads Clinics Central and the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, marks the first medical-legal partnership in the state.
The Mississippi Center for Justice, a nonprofit public interest law firm, will provide on-site legal assistance at the Crossroads Clinics Central to people living with HIV/AIDS. The legal assistance will focus primarily on HIV status-related discrimination in housing and employment.
Dr. Claude Brunson, professor of anesthesiology and senior advisor to the vice chancellor for external affairs, said the partnership will address one of the last barriers to making sure people with HIV/AIDS can reintegrate into society in a productive manner. Making the announcement are (from left) Brunson, Marni von Wilpert of the justice center, and Dr. Arti Barnes, UMMC assistant professor of medicine, from the Crossroads Clinic at JMM.
ASB president swears in new student officers
Newly elected Associated Student Body president Brad Deere, left, M3, swears in ASB officers, from left, George Henry, M-3, treasurer, Eric Holland, M3, vice president, and Kelly Doremus, M-2, secretary, during the 2013 ASB officer installation banquet May 6 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.
The new slate of officers will serve Medical Center students through the 2013-14 school term.
Graduate school captures first community cup
Bradley Deere, Associated Student Body president-elect, presents a trophy to Erin Taylor, graduate student body president, during an ASB celebration May 9 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. The School of Graduate Studies student body won the Medical Center's first School Cup.
Students in the six schools at UMMC competed for the cup by organizing and participating in community-service activities. Among other events, graduate school students helped with a Batson Children's Hospital toy drive, a benefit for Stewpot and a benefit for the Jackson Free Clinic.
"As students who are going to be medical and science professionals, we're going to have a life-long commitment to service," Taylor said. "I definitely think the sooner you can get involved in your community, the better."
"I think this is an outstanding achievement to show how active our students are, not only at our school level but in our community," said Dr. Joey Granger, graduate school dean.
Video shows UMMC's part in mercy mission
The Mississippi Dental Association, in partnership with the Medical Center, sponsored a Mission of Mercy event in Pearl last April. Nearly 1,300 patients received free dental care during the two-day event.
Mission of Mercy is a free dental care program by the dental association in each participating state. In Mississippi, 2013 marked the second MOM event, with the first in July 2011.
Staff and students in the Schools of Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Related Professions worked with MDA to plan, set-up and staff the event.
To view a video from the event, visit http://youtu.be/wvOVyNe2E48.
Habitat homeowner settles in to new digs
Michelle Owens, a licensed practical nurse at the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center, receives the keys to her new house during the Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson dedication and celebration May 6.
The Medical Center is one of four Jackson-area health-care institutions who participated in building the house for Owens and her two daughters. Also participating in the build were Baptist Health Systems, St. Dominic Health Services and the five metro-area hospitals of Health Management Associates.
"I'm very thankful for everyone who worked on my home, all of the volunteers, the medical centers and habitat staff," Owens said. "It's almost like my colleagues stepped in to build me a home. I enjoyed working with all of them. They are great people." (Enlarge Photo)
UMMC staff receive service recognition
The Medical Center is proud to acknowledge those employees who will celebrate service anniversaries this week:
* Melissa Berry, intermediate Epic application coordinator/analyst, Information Systems
* Marjolyn Brock, medical abstractor, Trauma Management
* Kathy Lee, social worker, Coordinated Care
* Priscilla Barnes, patient services coordinator, Batson Primary Clinic
* Dr. Lawrence Creswell, associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery
* Jeffrey Martinez, sports medicine supervisor, Orthopedic Surgery
* Ramona Sandlin, intermediate IT support analyst, Information Systems
* Rebecca Stanton, physical therapy assistant, Pavilion Physical Therapy
* Dorothy Adcock, inpatient nurse, 5 North
* Christy Barrick, inpatient nurse, Surgical ICU
* Sara Black, pediatric cardiovascular stepdown nurse, 5 Children's
* Shannon Brock, nurse, Labor Delivery/Surgery
* Sharon Brown, transplant nurse coordinator, Kidney Transplant
* Shanen Bryan, inpatient nurse, 2 Children's
* Myah Burks, inpatient nurse, Ante Partum
* Julia Burrage, nurse, Newborn ICU
* Lisa Campbell, inpatient nurse, 2 Children's
* Virginia Cohran, inpatient nurse, Children's Post Anesthesia Care Unit
* Bryan Clements, director, Decision Support
* April Crawford, inpatient nurse, CICU
* Susan Garner, insurance verification specialist, Cancer Center Radiation Oncology
* Sarah Gilbert, inpatient nurse, 5 North
* Angie Hancock, nurse, Bone Marrow Unit
* Carl Harris, associate end-user computer specialist, Information Systems
* Jeanne Hohman, inpatient nurse, Surgical ICU
* Andrea Holder, auditor, Internal Auditor
* Jaime Kennedy, ambulatory nurse, Orthopedic Surgery
* Ashley Legate, instructor in otolaryngology and communicative sciences
* Jennifer Li, inpatient nurse, 3 South
* Tracy Myers, inpatient nurse, 2 North
* Sandra Phillips, medical office assistant, Internal Medicine Cardio Select
* Ronequa Pickering, inpatient nurse, Children's Emergency Department
* Octavia Poindexter, respiratory therapist, Children's Respiratory Therapy
* Daniel Price, inpatient nurse, Neuroscience ICU
* Marianna Riley, inpatient nurse, Newborn ICU
* Jocelyn Rollins, transport nurse, Adult Critical Transport
* Marisa Rubinow, postdoctoral research fellow, Psychiatry
* Jennifer Strahan, phlebotomist, Central Lab Collection
* Elizabeth Sullivan, pediatric cardiovascular stepdown nurse, 5 Children's
* Kristin Sullivan, nurse, Newborn ICU
* Lindsey White, inpatient nurse, 2 North
* Nicole Young, medical assistant, Pavilion Neurology
DIS to offer Kronos refresher courses
The Division of Information Services will offer two more refresher courses for Kronos users.
Four sessions will be available, including Employee Self-Service, Manager Self-Service, Timekeeping and Basic Scheduling, and Using the Advanced Scheduler. Attendees should have an existing Kronos access log-in.
The sessions are scheduled on Tuesday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 21. Click here to access the Attendance Tracker Calendar and register for the desired session(s).
Attendees should register as soon as possible, Space is limited. For more information about the courses, call 5-9939.
UMMC's Braves outing now slated May 16
The UMMC Appreciation Night event at Trustmark Park, which had been postponed because of the threat of inclement weather, has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 16, when the Mississippi Braves will host the Huntsville Stars in Southern League Baseball action.
A section for Medical Center employees has been reserved on the first base side of the stadium and several UMMC staff will participate in "first pitches."
Tickets purchased for the initial UMMC Appreciate Night event on May 2 may be exchanged for a May 16 ticket by visiting the concierge in the University Hospital lobby, the nursing services office in room H122 or the Batson administration office in room W019.
Tickets for the May 16 event are available for $5 each by calling 1-888-BRAVES-4. A Braves representative also will be selling tickets in the University Hospital corridor from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 14.
For more information, call Connie Suber at 4-4136.
Pasco to give Cancer Institute presentation
Dr. David S. Pasco, assistant director and research professor, National Center for Natural Product Research, and director, UMMC/NCNPR Cancer Drug Discovery Core, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi, will present "Differential Sensitivity of Cancer-related Signaling Pathways to Various Classes of Natural Compounds" at noon on Thursday, May 30, in the room G-151 on the first floor of the Guyton Library.
All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is sponsored by the UMMC Cancer Institute.
For more information, call 5-6802.
Zuckerman to present Freeland Lecture
Dr. Joseph D. Zuckerman, professor and chairman of orthopaedic surgery at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases, will present "Orthopaedic Resident Education: From Bench to Bedside," as part of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation's annual Alan E. Freeland Research Lecture Series and Resident Research Day from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, June 7, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.
The program will include research presentations by chief residents Dr. Donald Baker, Dr. Tyler Marks, Dr. Rowland Roberson and Dr. James Woodall. All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited.
For more information, call 4-5153 or email Susan Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org.