CenterView: January 10, 2011
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Nikki Hutson, PET/CT manager, and Dr. Edward Green, PET/CT director
Gone are the grainy pictures from an outdated PET system that made diagnosis challenging. A modern, advanced PET/CT system in the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center takes its place, improving clinical, research and educational capabilities.
A $2 million training grant to fund graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will help UMMC researchers in the Center for Excellence in Cardiovascular-Renal Research attract top young scientists from across the United States, free up money for additional research and possibly lead to more training grants.
When physical therapist Gina McRae took the board exam to earn her specialist certification in neurology, there was no such thing as a neurologic physical therapy residency.
Given the nation's current financial climate, the completion of more than $17.4 million in construction projects during 2010 is a staggering accomplishment for the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Third- and fourth-year dentistry students spend long hours and late nights in the School of Dentistry's clinical laboratory, where they hone their skills in crafting crowns, bridges, dentures and other restorations for their patients. Housed on the fourth floor of the School of Dentistry, the lab has remained virtually unchanged since it was built nearly 34 years ago.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center has received chest pain center accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide.
To become an accredited chest pain center, UMMC successfully passed a rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by the Medical Center, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:
- reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment;
- treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the heart muscle can be preserved; and
- monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they aren't sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital.
Dr. Don Grillo, a former faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine, died Dec. 16 at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. He was 77.
When Gulfport dentist Dr. Chris Spraberry died suddenly in 2009, his former classmates from the UMMC's School of Dentistry decided to pay tribute to him by raising money to establish an endowed scholarship in his name. The Class of 1995 Endowment in the Name of Chris Spraberry was announced in April 2010.