CenterView: October 11, 2010
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Franklin Academy students, from left, Benjamin Graham, Skylar Despain, Keara Williams and Brianna O'Neal with Dr. James Keeton
Walking the hallways of Franklin Academy, it doesn't take long to notice it isn't your typical elementary school.
Perhaps nothing more crisply explains why A'man Inayah, a medical student in Saudi Arabia, traveled around the world to study in one of UMMC's physiology labs than his profile picture on Facebook.
When she arrived at the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Aug. 3, Jackie Kirkman's body was bloated and her skin was discolored from poor blood circulation. Her unexplained (idiopathic) cardiomyopathy had weakened her heart muscle so much that she couldn't complete a sentence without shortness of breath. Kirkman, a 43-year-old mother from Tupelo, needed assistance to walk and she spoke in a barely audible whisper.
Math and science teacher Val Hutchinson thought of one of her own former teachers when she hatched the idea to take her eighth-graders on a field trip to the School of Health Related Professions last month. Recalling the passionate and headstrong woman who became her son's namesake, Hutchinson called up Zelma Cason, associate professor and director of cytotechnology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, who was more than happy to introduce a new generation of students to her profession.
The Department of Pediatrics recently wrapped up funding for its first-ever endowed chairs - the Suzan Brown Thames Chair of Pediatrics and the D. Jeanette Pullen Chair of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.
For many seeking health-care service at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the relationship between University Hospitals and Health System - the Medical Center's hospitals - and University Physicians - UMMC's faculty physician practice - could be quite confusing.
Dr. Grayson Norquist, professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at UMMC, has been appointed to a national board of medical professionals and health policy experts who are charged with researching ways to improve the country's health-care quality.