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Future dental hygienists support charities

Junior and senior dental hygiene students display the “Passion for Prevention” T-shirts they sold in their communities to support national dental hygiene and breast cancer awareness efforts this month.

The students and dental hygiene faculty will wear the T-shirts when they take part in the 2012 Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk Oct. 27 in Jackson.

Coordinated by a small group of dental hygiene students, the fund-raising effort earned enough to donate $3,600 local cancer-related charities.

Christy Hewitt, senior student, said they chose blue T-shirts because it’s the favorite color of a faculty member who is battling breast cancer. Laura Orsborn, senior student, and Caroline Venable, 2011 dental hygiene graduate, created the design for the shirts.

For more information about the walk or to join the team, visit

TeamSTEPPS trainer tapped for Quality Award

Dr. Sheila Bouldin, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, receives the Q Award in October from Dr. James M. Shwayder, left, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Dr. Michael Baumann, professor of medicine and chief quality officer.

Bouldin was nominated for the award for helping implement the TeamSTEPPS tools in the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants.

Bouldin, a TeamSTEPPS master trainer, also was recognized for coordinating the first ob-anesthesia simulation exercise and for volunteering to speak at nurses meetings, addressing issues involving patient care and improved communication with physician staff.  

Henry, Wilson earn customer service kudos

wilson henry 2Sharon Henry and Lucille Wilson, housekeepers in University Hospital, were recognized for outstanding customer service during the monthly UHHS Leadership Meeting Oct. 18 in the Classroom Wing.

Henry was honored for locating a lost cell phone, protecting the personal information contained on it and using her own resources to return it to its owner.

Wilson was recognized for responding to a call for service while she was visiting the hospital during her off-duty hours.

Pastoral care event to give voice to community

Pastoral Care Services will host a series of Pastoral Care Week events, “Giving Voice,” Monday-Friday, Oct. 22-26, in and around the Medical Center Chapel.

The festivities will include worship, sacred stories, liturgical dances, songs, diversity education opportunities and devotional discussions.

Scheduled events include:

Monday, Oct. 22

8:30 a.m.: Morning Glory presentation by Margarette Spires Palmer, environmental services technician

Noon: Inaugural celebration in the University Hospital foyer: Dr. Ruth Black, the UMMC Choir and a Ballet Magnificat Trainee Company

Tuesday, Oct. 23

8:30 a.m.: Morning Glory presentation by Marvin Turner, billing specialist for University Physicians

10:30 a.m.: “Patient Centered Care: Giving Voice to Culturally Diverse Patients” panel in room 7A

10:15 p.m.: PCW staff and employee devotional, NSICU conference room

Wednesday, Oct. 24

8:30 a.m.: Morning Glory presentation by Hubie Nelson of Tabernacle Christian and former VAMC chaplain

10 a.m.: “Stories that Nourish the Soul” presentation by Linda McComb, hospital chaplain, at the Central Billing Office, Clinton

11 a.m.: Community Clergy and UMMC Clinician Luncheon and Health Education Fair at the Norman E. Nelson Student Union

Thursday, Oct. 25

8:30 a.m.: Morning Glory presentation by Doris Whitaker, hospital chaplain

10:30 a.m.: Cultural Competency Fair, University Hospital business office corridor

10:15 p.m.: PCW staff and employee devotional, NSICU conference room

Friday, Oct. 26

8:30 a.m.: Morning Glory presentation by Timothy McGregor, hospital chaplain

Appointments required for benefits changes

Benefit educators from Enrollment Advisors will be available to help Medical Center employees make decisions about benefit elections during open enrollment through Friday, Oct. 26.

Appointments may be made online through Lawson Employee Self Service.

For more information, call 1-877-220-2323.

Faculty Directory now available online

fac dir 2The UMMC Faculty Directory is now available on the UMMC Intranet.

To access the book, scroll over the Welcome entry on the left-hand tool bar and select Faculty Directory or visit Printed copies will not be distributed.

For more information, call Dorothy Singleton at 4-5009.

Campus Police releases Sept. crime stats

cuffs Campus Police reported 11 larceny thefts, two arrests and one burglary in September.

To report crime on campus, call Campus Police at 5-3072.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

The Medical Center is proud to acknowledge those employees who will celebrate service anniversaries this week:

20 Years

* Valerie Bacon, patient services coordinator, University Physicians

* Velzetric Hall, hospital finance manager, Budget

* Haiyan Zhang, research core lab manager, Physiology and Biophysics

15 Years

* Cynthia Boyd, LPN, Holmes County Hospital

* Linda Thornton, technician, Environmental Services

10 Years

* Charela Bell, financial counselor, Internal Access-Financial Counseling

* Jacqueline Case, dental assistant, Advanced General Dentistry

* Kassandra Dodson, patient services coordinator, Batson Specialty Clinic

* Amanda Rouchon, radiologic technologist, Diagnostic Radiology

* Tommie Turner, ambulatory coder, University Physicians

5 Years

* Jacqueline Chambers, food service aide, Food and Nutrition Services

* Jennifer Chisholm, infection preventionist, Infection Control

* Dr. Candace Keller, associate professor of anesthesiology

* Viola Miller, ambulatory coder, University Physicians

Compliance training now available online

The Medical Center employees' mandatory annual compliance training will be available online on HealthStream through Friday, Nov. 30.

No make-up sessions will be offered. Those who fail to complete the training on time will be subject to disciplinary action.

To access the training, visit the UMMC Intranet and select "HealthStream" under the "General Information" tab.

For more information, call the Office of Integrity and Compliance at 5-3944. 


Pollock to present pharmacology seminar

D PollockDr. David Pollock, director of experimental medicine at Georgia Health Sciences University, will present a pharmacology seminar, "Endothelin: A True Guytonian Regulator of Blood Pressure," at noon on Monday, Oct. 22, in classroom 6A.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Pam Banks at 4-1690. 

Pollock to give women’s health seminar

pollockDr. Jennifer Pollock, Weiss Professor and Director of Experimental Medicine at Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, will present the Women's Health Research Center seminar, "Everything You Should Know about the Collecting Duct and Blood Pressure, but Were Afraid to Ask!" from 4-4:50 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, in room R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited.

For more information, call Emily Colvin at 4-2103. 

Lea to present neurobiology seminar

LeaDr. Melissa A. Lea, assistant professor of psychology at Millsaps College, will present "Linking Students to Neuroscience, Neuroscientists to Teaching, and Millsaps to UMMC" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640. 

Seeley to discuss bariatric surgery targets

SeeleyDr. Randy Seeley, professor and Donald C. Harrison Endowed Chair in Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and director of the Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center, will present "Bariatric Surgery: It's Not What You Think It Is. Identifying Molecular Targets of Surgery," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis.

The seminar is presented by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.    

Reception to honor Jones

W JonesThe Medical Center family is invited to a retirement reception honoring Dr. Warren A. Jones, executive director, Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health, from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Verner Holmes Learning Resources Center second-floor lobby.

For more information, e-mail Laura Hodge at

UP-Grants Ferry to host Health Fest

UP health festUniversity Physicians-Grants Ferry will host a free Health Fest from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1010 Lakeland Place in Flowood.

The event will include health screenings and information, a Fun-Zone play area for children, healthy snacks and other activities.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore the state's only pediatric ambulance, UMMC's AirCare helicopter and the City of Flowood's fire truck from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more information, call 5-0733 or visit



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