UMMC employees step out for National Walking Day

UMMC employees step out for National Walking Day

University of Mississippi Medical Center interim IT solutions strategist Jennifer Spane usually walks four times a day, at the Medical Mall and at home, as a reminder of what she almost lost.

After a massive blood clot put her in a coma for a month and left her weak as a kitten when she awakened, Spane walked it off -- literally.

“When I came back to life, I really could not walk,” Spane said of her long 2012 hospitalization at UMMC. “I couldn't get out of bed without the aid of my nurses.”

After being discharged, “I took baby steps,” Spane, interim IT solutions strategist in DIS, remembered. “And when I went to my doctor for a follow-up, he wouldn't give me a handicapped sticker for my car because he wanted me to walk.”

She's among hundreds of UMMC employees who walk for exercise, relaxation and their health. Chances are excellent that they'll be doing just that on Wednesday as the Medical Center and the American Heart Association observe National Walking Day.

“The scientific evidence is growing that sitting all day is not good for you, and that getting up periodically and moving around is good for your health, and also for your stress levels,” said Dr. Joshua Mann, professor and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine.

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UMMC expands AirCare helicopter service with northern Mississippi base

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has expanded its AirCare fleet from two to three helicopters, stationing an additional aircraft at Golden Triangle Regional Airport in Columbus and improving access to critical care services to north Mississippi.

The helicopter became operational April 1. Additional bases are located at UMMC's main campus in Jackson and at Meridian.

“Our priority is getting care to the patient,” said Dr. Damon Darsey, associate professor of emergency medicine and medical director of the Mississippi Center for Emergency Services.

The Airbus helicopters, equipped to fly in marginal weather conditions, are supported by Mississippi's only Level 1 trauma care hospital, providing 24/7 in-house neurosurgical and critical-care coverage and total care for every aspect of injury.  The helicopters are paid for through UMMC's hospital patient-care activities, not from state tax dollars.

UMMC is leasing office and hangar space from Airbus at its GTR airport facility.

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UMMC expands AirCare helicopter service with northern Mississippi base

Zippity Doo Dah Weekend raises funds, fights cancer

Zippity Doo Dah Weekend raises funds, fights cancer

Ashley Nolen was leaping about the Kolb's Dry Cleaning parking lot in Fondren and squealing. 

And why shouldn't she? It's not every day someone gets to fight childhood cancer and win a Honda Fit at the same time. 

Nolen, a Jackson resident with an aging Toyota, bought a $10 ticket from Friends of Children's Hospital in hopes of winning the car donated by Patty Peck Honda as part of Zippity Doo Dah Weekend.  

Funds raised during the weekend's events went to Friends of Children's Hospital, an organization that raises funds for Batson Children's Hospital. This year, the funds are earmarked for a clean room where life-saving treatments can be mixed for patients at the Children's Cancer Center at the state's only children's hospital. 

"I love Batson Children's Hospital," Nolen said before learning she, as one of 10 key finalists, had chosen the key to unlock her win. "I do anything and everything I can for Batson."

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UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

30 Years

Monte Luehlfing, senior information technology project manager, Information Systems

25 Years

Antonio Tate, senior information technology support analyst, Information Systems

20 Years

Reda Ainsworth, associate information technology business administrator, Information Systems

William Terry, surgical technician, University Hospital (Surgical Suite)

15 Years

Amy Carroll, nurse practitioner, School of Medicine (General Pediatric Surgery)

James Carroll, inpatient nurse, CCH-CICU

Dr. Stacy H. Vance, associate professor of medical laboratory science, School of Health Related Professions

10 Years

Kimberly Bowen, hospital outpatient coder, Coding

Russell Donald, information technology service delivery director, Information Systems

Candice Garnett, medical technologist, Clinical Lab (Chemistry)

5 Years

Melissa Barthold, senior information technology clinical solutions strategist, Information Systems

Patrick Butler, rehabilitation fitter, School of Medicine (Orthopedic Surgery)

Courtney Forsythe, respiratory therapist, University Hospital (Respiratory Therapy)

Betty Harris, professional fee coder, University Physicians (Charge Entry)

Tracy Hayes, PFS supervisor, Internal Access-Pre Arrival

Renata Hughes, HR service center specialist, Human Resources

Christopher Moulds, business systems application coordinator/analyst, Information Systems

Katrina Ransburg, inpatient nurse, Medical Surgical Float

Andrew Sorey, nurse manager, Cardiac Rehabilitation

Dr. Mary B. Taylor, professor of pediatric critical care, School of Medicine

Angela Vertucci, medical office assistant, University Physicians (Internal Medicine-Cardiovascular Select)

Kimberly Washington, access financial coordinator, Internal Access-Admissions

Dr. Tauqeer Yousuf, assistant professor of medicine, School of Medicine

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UMMC staff receive service recognition

Spring faculty meeting, Neuroscience Research Day top week's agenda

Spring faculty meeting, Neuroscience Research Day top week's agenda

A number of interesting events is scheduled for the upcoming week at the Medical Center.

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