CenterView: May 05, 2016
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Providing the best health care for Mississippi's children means Children's of Mississippi needs to grow along with them, Joe Sanderson, CEO and chairman of the board of Sanderson Farms, tells a news conference audience Monday. He and wife, Kathy, left, will be leading a $100 million capital campaign for Children's of Mississippi and are making a $10 million gift to the fund over the next five years. Looking on is Dr. LouAnn Woodward, right, UMMC vice chancellor of health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine.
A renovated and expanded NICU, more critical care beds and operating rooms, imaging space dedicated to pediatric care and a new outpatient ambulatory clinic are all part of the future for Children’s of Mississippi. On Monday, Joe and Kathy Sanderson, longtime philanthropic supporters, announced a $10 million pledge that will help fund these efforts during the next five years.
It’s no secret that UMMC faculty are renowned scholars and teachers. The Southeastern Conference certainly knows: they recognized Dr. Joey Granger with this year’s Faculty Achievement Award for the University of Mississippi. Granger, the dean of the School of Graduate Studies, is the second physiology professor to receive the honor since 2014.
Four departments, two hospitals and three focus areas add up to one new Neuroscience Institute. The institute will integrate UMMC’s health care, research and education missions to advance understanding of stroke, neurotrauma and substance addiction. Opening in July, the institute is part of UMMC’s affiliation with Methodist Rehabilitation Center.
UMMC is helping to create a healthier Mississippi by forming the new University of Mississippi School of Population Health. Today, the Medical Center received formal permission from the State Institutions of Higher Learning to plan the school. Expected to open in 2017, the school will be the third of its kind in the United States, said Dr. Bettina Beech, associate vice chancellor for population health.
Since taking office only a few months ago, Dr. David Felton, dean of the School of Dentistry, has earned the respect of dentistry students and faculty alike with his ability to gather facts, examine options and make decisive moves to bring about positive change.
Dr. Norman C. Nelson, the longest-serving leader in UMMC's history and the first to receive the title of vice chancellor for health affairs at his appointment, died April 21. Medical Center leaders remember the passionate VC who helped expand the UMMC's size, influence and reputation in Mississippi.