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CenterView: July 21, 2015

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Marcus Blanton, UMMC Campus Police officer for the School of Health Related Professions, with some of the many tomato varieties he grows at his home garden and the one he maintains behind the school.
Marcus Blanton, UMMC Campus Police officer for the School of Health Related Professions, with some of the many tomato varieties he grows at his home garden and the one he maintains behind the school.

People of the U: Marcus Blanton

A love and respect for nature’s bounty handed down from his grandmother sparked Marcus Blanton’s interest in gardening, but one taste of his least favorite fruit sent him on an agrarian quest that has yet to be realized. SHRP faculty, staff and students now benefit from the campus police officer’s horticultural expertise, growing a garden brimming with heirloom tomatoes and learning how to incorporate the hobby into a healthy exercise for occupational therapy and physical therapy patients.

Snagging a real fixer-upper

Since coming to the Medical Center in 2005, cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Mart McMullan has set his scalpel aside to repair health-care dilemmas instead of hearts. His challenge was to put areas in sore need of improvement back on the road to recovery - from pediatric and adult heart services to the recruitment of some of the state’s best and brightest medical specialists.

UMMC honors distinguished faculty

UMMC educators who receive the Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professorship demonstrate excellence in research and education. The professorship, one of UMMC’s highest honors, is awarded every five years. Last week, several of UMMC’s leaders gathered to celebrate the latest batch of recipients recognized for furthering the mission of the Medical Center.

People of the U: Dean "Miranda" James

Dr. Dean James was 12 when he wrote his first mystery, a novel now lost to history. His more current books are much easier to track down. An associate professor of academic information services, James – librarian, cat lover and mystery aficionado – is also known as Miranda James, the pen name of the best-selling author of “A Cat in the Stacks” series.

UMMC Holmes County receives needed update

UMMC Holmes County is getting a $4 million facelift at a time when patient numbers are climbing and the community’s need for emergency care is growing. It’s an effort that not only will impact residents in the region, but will strengthen UMMC Holmes County’s relationship and sharing of services with its sister hospital, UMMC Grenada.

Vicksburg teen Named Mississippi's 2015 CMN Champion

Hannah Dunaway, 14, of Vicksburg, will represent Batson Children's Hospital as Mississippi's 2015 Children's Miracle Network Champion. Her duties as Champion over the next year will include lunch at the White House, a trip to Disney World and appearances at events and fundraisers across the state.

Photo Gallery: It’s a Beauty-ful day at Batson

It’s not every day that 30 hopefuls for the title of Miss Mississippi converge on the state’s only children’s hospital. But that’s what happened Saturday when an entourage of tiara-wearers arrived at Batson Children’s Hospital. They delivered sequined tiaras, special Children’s Miracle Network arm bands and warm smiles to dozens of children in need of comfort and caring.