Brian Wilson plays to ‘Shut Down’ Alzheimer’s

Brian Wilson plays to ‘Shut Down’ Alzheimer’s

Wouldn't it be nice if we had better treatments for Alzheimer's disease? The thousands of dollars raised after Brian Wilson's performance in Jackson can help make that goal a reality.

Wilson, a legendary singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Beach Boys, took the stage at Thalia Mara Hall on April 28 in a benefit concert for the MIND (Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia Research) Center at UMMC.

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Advocacy a priority for dentistry Alumnus of the Year

In 1986, when Mark Donald was a sophomore in dental school, the Mississippi legislature was considering a proposal to close the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. Unwilling to uproot his family to continue his dental education in a neighboring state, Donald did the only thing he knew to do:  he took a week off from school, donned his white coat, and walked the halls of the capitol building, talking to any legislators he could find.

For many reasons, and as the result of combined efforts from many individuals and organizations, the bill that threatened the dental school died, and Mark Donald continued not only his dental studies, he continued to dabble in political advocacy and organized dentistry.  During his senior year in dental school, he was appointed as the first senior dental student to serve on the Mississippi Dental Association Board of Directors.    

Fast forward to 28 years later, and Dr. Mark Donald has been in private practice in his hometown of Louisville since 1989, is president of the Academy of General Dentistry, past president of the Mississippi Dental Association (MDA), serves as an American Dental Association delegate from Mississippi and has made at least one trip to Washington, DC, every year for the past 18 to lobby Congress on dental and oral health issues.

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Advocacy a priority for dentistry Alumnus of the Year

National observances salute nurses and all Medical Center employees

National observances salute nurses and all Medical Center employees

Registered nurse Rick Risher is used to tending to patients rolled into the Surgical ICU.

Come May 5, he'll be pushing a gurney, but not one bearing a patient at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Risher and a team of UMMC employees will kick off National Nursing Week with a friendly competition: racing gurneys against Baptist Hospital employees at Fondren's First Thursday, a family friendly event held from 5-10 p.m. the first Thursday of the month in the Fondren neighborhood near the Medical Center.

He was roped into racing as part of the week-long tribute to the nursing profession by Adrienne Murray, director of nursing quality, development and professional practice. “She came busting around the corner and said, 'I need you to say yes to something.' When she told me about it and what it was for, I said it looks like it will be fun,” Risher said.

It's just one activity planned as the Medical Center observes National Nurses Week May 6-12, which overlaps with National Hospital Week, to be observed at UMMC May 9-13. They feature a combination of concessions, games, informational booths and other tributes along their twin themes of “Making a World of Difference.”

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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.

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UMMC staff receive service recognition

'Last Lecture' presentation, Canvas review top week's schedule

'Last Lecture' presentation, Canvas review top week's schedule

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

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