Dec. 13, 2018

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SHRP faculty gain HEADWAE; transplant coordinator makes Good Catch

Transplant coordinator’s good eye earns Good Catch Award


Natalie Bradshaw, an abdominal transplant coordinator nurse in Kidney Transplant, received a Good Catch Award from the Patient Quality and Safety Group for a patient’s human leukocyte antigen tissue typing.

Bradshaw helped the tissue typing lab catch a potential error in the HLA typing result of a newly listed recipient. She notified the laboratory and worked to prevent the patient from being listed incorrectly in UNet, the United Network for Organ Sharing’s Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network database.

The potential error could have resulted in increased waitlist time for the patient or difficulty in finding a suitable donor.

As a result of Bradshaw’s Good Catch, the Patient Safety and Quality Group is working to provide more training to transplant coordinators so others can catch such errors, and the lab has implemented an interface between the Histotrac analysis software and Epic that should eliminate this type of error in the future.

Developed during the 100-day Workout, the Good Catch Award recognizes UMMC employees who have discovered potential events before patients are harmed. Risk Management identifies these events through I-CARE reports.

To report events, call Risk Management at 5-1994. For more information about the award, email Elizabeth Smith at or Elizabeth Toony at


UMMC faculty make HEADWAE with academic excellence


An assistant professor of health informatics and information management and an assistant professor of occupational therapy are dual representatives from the School of Health Related Professions to be nominated by the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities for its Higher Appreciation Day – Working for Academic Excellence Award.

Dr. Megan Poirrier Ladner, assistant professor of occupational therapy and a Doctor of Health Administration student at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Dr. Shamsi R. Berry, assistant professor of health informatics and information management, will be recognized at the Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning’s 32nd annual HEADWAE luncheon on Feb. 26 at the Jackson Marriott Hotel.


HEADWAE honors one outstanding faculty member and one outstanding student from each participating member institution of the MACU. HEADWAE is sponsored by the Mississippi Legislature and coordinate by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs in the Mississippi IHL.

Ladner received her B.S. in occupational therapy magna cum laude from the Medical Center in 2004 and her M.S. in early intervention magna cum laude from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2007. She has served as an occupational therapist at River Oaks Hospital in Jackson since 2007. She joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of occupational therapy in 2012. In June 2016, she began the Doctorate of Health Information program at UMMC.

After earning her B.S. in anthropology at the University of California Davis in 1998, Berry received her M.S. in anthropology in 2003 and her Ph.D. in anthropology in 2011 from the University of New Mexico, where she also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in biomedical informatics. After serving as adjunct faculty in the Department of Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center at the University of New Mexico, she joined the UMMC faculty as an assistant professor of health informatics and information management in 2016.