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Summer 2015

The Under the Rainbow publication is published biannually by the Division of Public Affairs. The publication highlights clinical practice, research and community support initiatives for Batson Children's Hospital, Children's Healthcare of Mississippi and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Ideas for stories are welcome and may be submitted by email to Jen Hospodor.


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Suzan Thames, honorary chairman of the Friends board, Dr. Owen B. Evans, center, chair emeritus of pediatrics, and Sara Ray, Friends board chair, visit with patients, from left, Mary Morgan Koskovich, Braylen Roberts and Molly Schade.
Suzan Thames, honorary chairman of the Friends board, Dr. Owen B. Evans, center, chair emeritus of pediatrics, and Sara Ray, Friends board chair, visit with patients, from left, Mary Morgan Koskovich, Braylen Roberts and Molly Schade.

Friends of Children's Hospital celebrates 25 years of giving

When Dr. Owen B. Evans became chair of pediatrics in 1989, he wanted three things – the department’s first computer, its first printer and an official fundraising group for the children’s hospital. The computer and printer are long gone, but Friends of Children’s Hospital just celebrated its 25th birthday.

FROM 0-840 MONTHS

It is a well-known fact Mississippians struggle with all manner of health problems. New and long-standing efforts at the University of Mississippi Medical Center are going back to the basics and confronting the problems with one of the best weapons we have - breast milk.

Expanding our horizon: Delivering world-class care close to home is the goal of Children’s of Mississippi, both in Jackson and at specialty clinics in Grenada, Tupelo, Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast.

If your elementary schooler is knock-kneed, or your toddler's gait seems strange, just how concerned should you be - and is it worth driving for hours to consult a specialist?

A GROWING Problem: New clinic fighting childhood obesity in Mississippi

A new program out of the University of Mississippi Medical Center is targeting one of the most troubling issues facing Mississippi kids - obesity. Wellness & Weight is a multidisciplinary program specifically designed to take an intensive approach toward fighting obesity among children.

Right to the Heart: Rare procedure minimizes cardiac surgery recovery time

Abigail Morgan's mama and daddy knew early on she'd need heart surgery to repair life-threatening defects. But when the 2-year-old was wheeled into surgery Nov. 10 at Batson Children's Hospital, what would normally be a terrifying experience for Michelle and Seth Morgan was much less traumatic. That's because their only child's chest would not be cut open, standard procedure for closing a hole between the collecting chambers (atria) in a child's heart and repairing her mitral valve.

In the News - Spring 2015

A kaleidoscope of significant news from Batson.

A Little Sunshine Fall 2014

Snapshots of visitors and events that brightened the lives of our patients

Inspiring Hope, Saving Lives Spring 2015 Radiothon

DJs from The Radio People’s ten stations across central Mississippi celebrated Batson patients who “Never Give Up” during the 14th Annual Mississippi Miracles Radiothon in March. The 39-hour broadcast raised a record $456,879 in support from the community. The money funds equipment, research and programs that ensure Batson Children’s Hospital will be able to provide the most advanced care to all of Mississippi’s children.

Inspiring Hope, Saving Lives Spring 2015

Support from our community is instrumental to our success. These connections with you, our supporters, inspire hope in our hearts and those of our patients and, in turn, save lives.

Q&A: Nina Washington

Dr. Nina Washington, assistant professor of pediatrics, is one of only two pediatric rheumatologists at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.