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CenterView: May 04, 2015

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Joyce Caracci, one of the nurses who assisted Dr. James Hardy during the historic 1964 heart transplant at UMMC, has a framed photo of the OR from that day. She appears in the right foreground.
Joyce Caracci, one of the nurses who assisted Dr. James Hardy during the historic 1964 heart transplant at UMMC, has a framed photo of the OR from that day. She appears in the right foreground.

Health-care innovator Joyce Caracci squeezes most from life, careers

As a member of the team that performed the world's first animal-to-human heart transplant, Joyce Caracci participated in history. But she was just getting started. Among her many accomplishments, she helped make history when she and her husband created what is now the state's largest private home health-care provider.

Outstanding service earns nursing faculty, students statewide recognition

In a profession widely known for its selfless dedication to others, faculty, staff and students in the School of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center are being recognized statewide for their commitment to service.

New CMO: A leader in patient quality outcomes

UMMC’s new chief medical officer has an international reputation in health-care quality improvement and a distinguished career that began in his native Scotland, with stints at Emory in Atlanta and the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Michael Henderson is driving the performance of employees hospital-wide up a notch, and that means changing the culture and making improvements stick, rather than just being a "quick fix."

BankPlus check card raises $627,195 for Friends of Children's Hospital

Representatives from BankPlus stopped by Batson Children’s Hospital last week with a big donation and an even bigger surprise for the patients. The donation represented proceeds from the first three years of the bank’s Friends of Children’s Hospital check card. They brought football legend Eli Manning along to help present the money and visit with some of the patients afterwards.

SON celebrate accomplished alumni

Dr. Audwin Fletcher, professor of nursing, receives the School of Nursing's Alumni of the Year Award from Michelle Burns, right, nursing workforce specialist and president of the SON Alumni Association, while Dr. Kim Hoover, SON dean, looks on during a recent alumni event at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

SHRP celebrate accomplished alumni

April Mann, right, director of Alumni Affairs, presents a certificate of appreciation to Karen Horne, cytotechnologist, for her service as president of the SHRP Alumni Chapter of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association from 2013-15, during an alumni event April 10 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Luncheon reunites longtime faculty

The Medical Center welcomed nearly four dozen former faculty and staff back to campus April 8 for a special Emeritus Luncheon in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.