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SOD volunteers team up to give children smiles

Taniyah Mixon, 7, a Johnson Elementary School student, flinches playfully when asked to “open wide” by UMMC dental hygiene students Tien Hoang, left, and Kristen Hunt, second from right, while state Sen. Hillman Frazier of Jackson observes during a dental exam as part of the School of Dentistry’s “Give Kids a Smile” event Feb. 7.

Putt primed to lead UMMC-Grenada, Lexington

David PuttDavid Putt, an experienced hospital executive who has run health-care organizations large and small, has been appointed chief executive officer of the Medical Center's community hospitals in Grenada and Lexington.

The appointments will take effect March 1 and April 1, respectively.

Formerly a health network relationships advisor to the vice chancellor for health affairs, Putt has been serving as interim CEO of the former Grenada Lake Medical Center since UMMC began managing the facility in September 2013. UMMC entered a long-term lease to operate the hospital - renamed UMMC Grenada - earlier this month.

UMMC has owned Holmes County Hospital and Clinics in Lexington since 2000.

Putt has a long history in health-care management, including 11 years - three as CEO - in senior leadership positions with UMMC's adult hospitals in Jackson. During his 19 years with UMMC, Putt also has served as CEO of the hospital and clinics in Lexington.

"David Putt knows what it takes to run a successful hospital," said Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs. "Everywhere he's been, he's earned the loyalty of employees and the confidence of the medical staff.

"He's the right person at the right time to lead these two hospitals that are so vital to their communities."


Deck out in red, put on a smile and say ‘cheese’

Rhonda Fairley, left, CRNA, takes a picture of Kathy Brown, sterile processing manager, at a photo station as part of University Heart and the Metro Jackson American Heart Association’s “National Wear Red Day” event Feb. 7 in the University Hospital lobby.
 
Medical Center employees were encouraged to wear red clothing to support the AHA event, which promotes awareness about heart disease – the No. 1 killer of men and women.


Grenada Lake Grand Opening Ceremony

During a noontime ceremony Feb. 7, leaders from the City of Grenada, community, county, state and national levels joined UMMC representatives in welcoming Grenada’s premier health-care facility into the University of Mississippi Medical Center family.
 
Inside the hospital lobby, community and Medical Center representatives pulled off a decorative cover to reveal a wall-mounted, backlit U logo that will greet patients, visitors and families as they come into the facility through glass double doors.
 
The event formally christened the former Grenada Lake Medical Center as the University of Mississippi Medical Center Grenada. A luncheon attended by hospital staff, guests and community members followed the ceremony.  (Enlarge photo)


Ceremony formally christens UMMC Grenada

During a noontime ceremony on Feb. 7, leaders from the City of Grenada, community, county, state and national levels joined UMMC representatives in welcoming Grenada's premier health-care facility into the University of Mississippi Medical Center family.

Inside the hospital lobby, community and Medical Center representatives pulled off a decorative cover to reveal a wall-mounted, backlit U logo that will greet patients, visitors and families as they come into the facility through glass double doors.

The event formally christened the former Grenada Lake Medical Center as the University of Mississippi Medical Center Grenada. A luncheon attended by hospital staff, guests and community members followed the ceremony.


Physiology faculty welcome de Castro Brás

de Castro BrasDr. Lisandra Eunice de Castro Brás, a postdoctoral fellow at the Jackson Center for Heart Research at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of physiology.

After receiving a degree in biotechnology engineering from the University of Algarve, Faro, in 2002, de Castro Brás earned the Ph.D. in biological sciences at London's Brunel University in 2009. de Castro Brás then served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development at the Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, from 2009-11, at the San Antonio Proteomics Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, from 2011-13, and at the Jackson Center for Heart Research since 2013.

An active member of the American Heart Association, the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and the American Physiological Society, de Castro Brás serves as editor of the Journal of Cardiology and Clinical Research and the Journal of Biological Research and Development, and as a reviewer for a number of professional publications. de Castro Brás is also a reviewer for the AHA Peer Review Committee Cardiac Biology Reg and the author or coauthor of 17 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, four book chapters and 13 abstracts.

de Castro Brás' research interests include applying multidimensional, translational and proteomic approaches to investigate the mechanisms whereby the left ventricle remodels post-myocardial infarction and discerning the mechanism of scar formation post-MI, particularly products of proteolysis, and developing strategies to diagnose, slow or reverse the progression of heart failure.


Postdoctoral fellow joins physiology faculty

DeLeon-PennellDr. Kristine Y. DeLeon-Pennell, a postdoctoral fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology.

After receiving the B.S. in biochemistry from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, in 2007, DeLeon-Pennell earned the Ph.D. there in 2011. She served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, from 2011-13 and at UMMC since 2013.

The author or coauthor of nine articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, two book chapters and seven abstracts, DeLeon-Pennell serves as a reviewer for a number of professional journals. She is an active member of the American Heart Association, the American Physiological Society and the Association for Women in Science.

DeLeon-Pennell also is actively involved in her community, including volunteering for the American Physiological Society PhUN week, judging science posters at the John Jay High School Science and Engineering Academy Science Fair, and speaking to junior high and high school students about science careers.

DeLeon-Pennell's cardiovascular research interests include developing multidimensional approaches to examine the mechanisms whereby the innate and adaptive immune system influences remodeling of the left ventricle, particularly changes to the extracellularmatrix that cause or effect the pathophysiological process, and developing therapeutic strategies to prevent, slow or reverse the progression to heart failure.


Physiology department gains new instructor

MaranonDr. Rodrigo O. Maranon, a postdoctoral research fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology.

After receiving the M.D. from the Medical School of the National University of Tucuman, Argentina, in 2007, Maranon earned the Ph.D. in biological science there in 2010. He taught physiology there since 2008 and served as an initiation fellow from 2007-08 and as a doctoral fellow from 2009-11 at the National University of Tucuman. Since 2011, Maranon has served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the lab of Dr. Jane Reckelhoff on the topic, "Sex Differences and Hypertension" in the Department of Physiology at UMMC.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Heart Association, the American Society of Nephrology and the American Physiological Society, Maranon is the author or coauthor of 15 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and 10 abstracts during the last two years.


Medical Center staff receive service recognition

The Medical Center is proud to acknowledge those employees who will celebrate service anniversaries this week:

25 Years

* Dr. Mark Weber, professor in the School of Health Related Professions (Physical Therapy)

20 Years

* Mary Berlin, nurse, Telehealth Services Administration

* Mary Michael, food production supervisor, Food and Nutrition Services

15 Years

* Traci Allen, supervisor, Pharmacy

* Cynthia Brewer, inpatient nurse, 2 MICU

* Angela Knight, IT business administrator, Information Systems

* Stella Richard, reimbursement analyst, Patient Financial Services

* Janice Syed, billing specialist, Patient Financial Services

* Robert Taylor, project manager-hardware supplier, Information Systems

* Toby White, technician, Environmental Services

10 Years

* Susan Doggette, inpatient nurse, University Hospital Surgical Suite

* Jennifer Wedderstrand, medical technologist, Nursery Clinical Lab

* Lauren Young, assistant professor of academic information services

5 Years

* Dr. Michael Hardy, assistant professor of dentistry (Care Planning and Restorative Sciences)

* Dr. Venkat Krishna Mannam, assistant professor of pathology

* Samuel Marshall, flight paramedic, Helicopter Transport

* Shelby McNair, nurse, 3 South

* James Rogers, flight nurse, Helicopter Transport

* Theresa Vlahos, ambulatory nurse, General Surgery

* Helen Warren, nurse, 2 Children's

* Paige Weathersby, occupational therapist, Batson Children's Hospital

* David Webb, flight paramedic, Helicopter Transport

* Brock Whitson, flight nurse, Helicopter Transport


Managing OR conflict topic of surgery rounds

David RogersDr. David A. Rogers, senior associate dean for faculty development, professor of surgery, medical education and pediatrics, and co-director of the Healthcare Leadership Academy at the UAB School of Medicine, will give the Department of Surgery Grand Rounds presentation, "What Surgeons Should Do to Effectively Manage Operating Room Team Conflict" at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in room CW 308 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, call Susan Pettit at 5-1161.  


Physiology talk to focus on insulin resistance

Romain HarmanceyDr. Romain Harmancey, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology, at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, will present "Insulin Resistance: Friend and Foe of the Heart" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis.

The seminar is presented by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.


Obesity phenotypes subject of JHS seminar

CarnethonDr. Mercedes R. Carnethon, associate professor of preventive medicine in the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, will present "Unique Obesity Phenotypes: Are They Truly Unique?" at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

Following the presentation, Carnethon will discuss scientific writing for publications. All Medical Center faculty, staff, students, fellows and early-career investigators are invited.

The presentation is sponsored by the Jackson Heart Study-Field Center. For more information, call Zonzie McLaurin at 5-5780.


UT-Southwestern postdoc to discuss autism

TsaiDr. Nien-Pei Tsai, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at the UT-Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, will present "Molecular Mechanisms of Synapse Elimination by Autism-linked Genes" from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, in room CW 308 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.


Schwartz Rounds to tackle pain's problems

Shwartz_Center_RoundsDoris Whitaker, UMMC chaplain, will serve as moderator and Dr. Christian Paine, house officer in pediatrics, and Dr. Andrew Ostrenga, pharmacist, will serve as panelists during the next Schwartz Center Rounds presentation, "The Problem of Pain," scheduled from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The presentation will focus on issues surrounding pain management from various perspectives. Registration will take place at the door.

Medical Center employees must bring their badges to scan. For more information, call Elizabeth Franklin at 5-5141.



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