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Service group information fair to kick off

UMMCares, the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s annual service organization donation drive, will run this year from Monday, Nov. 5 through Friday, Nov. 16.  

The goal is to raise at least $130,000 for the 13 charities included in the campaign.  Employees are encouraged to give through payroll deduction. Donations will take effect for the 2013 calendar year and are tax-deductible.

Representatives of these service organizations will be on hand for a series of information fairs later this week to share information about the good works they are doing in our community.  The schedule for these activities is:

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Central Business Office, Clinton

Thursday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – University Hospital, Interhospital Connector

Friday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Jackson Medical Mall, Continuing Education Concourse

This year’s campaign will once again include a number of prizes to encourage participation, including a grand prize to be awarded at the end of the campaign.  To be eligible to receive a prize, an employee must donate at least $26 – that’s $1 for each of the year’s 26 pay periods.

The winner of each prize is determined through a random selection. The sooner in the campaign employees make their donation of $26 or more, the more prizes they will be eligible for. (Under IRS rules, the value of the prizes will be reported as income to the recipients.)

This year’s campaign also will continue the friendly competition between components of UMMC. “Grand Giver” trophies will be presented to the unit that raises the most money as well as the unit that records the highest participation (based on a minimum $26 pledge).

Last year, the School of Medicine won the trophy for highest contributions while the School of Health Related Professions won for highest participation.  Other competitors include the School of Dentistry, the School of Nursing, University Hospitals including Batson Children’s Hospital, and the Service Area.

Jones' accomplishments lauded at ceremony

Dr. Warren Jones, right, professor of family medicine and director of the Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographical Minority Heath, receives a citation for his 11 years of service to the Medical Center from Dr. James E. Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, during a retirement reception for Jones Oct. 25.
Keeton praised Jones for using his knowledge of federal and state government programs to bring health-care resources to underserved areas of Mississippi.

UMMC Marketing makes a kid’s casting call

The UMMC Marketing Department is filming an internal video featuring children and grandchildren of UMMC employees.

The search is on to cast children between the ages of 4 and 9 whose parent, legal guardian or grandparent are current UMMC employees.

Kids representing any service area of UMMC are eligible. No acting experience is required, but kids who won’t be camera-shy are preferred.

For your child or grandchild to be considered, he or she must meet the following requirements:

* The child’s parent, legal guardian or grandparent is a current UMMC employee in good standing.

* The child is between the ages of 4 and 9 years.

* The child is available for filming on Nov. 17 and 18, 2012. (The child will not be needed for the full day on Saturday and Sunday, but will need to be free of any other obligations on both days.) The child’s parent/legal guardian/grandparent must sign a video/photo release form on site.

Steps to submit a child’s name for video consideration:

* Complete a UMMC Kids Video form (CLICK HERE) and e-mail it along with a current photo of your child to (Photo does not need to have been taken by a professional – just snap a shot with your smartphone’s camera).

* Submission must be received no later than noon Nov. 2.

Unfortunately, not every child entered will be needed for the video. If your child is selected, you will be notified via e-mail on Nov. 9.

Questions? E-mail or call Taylor Neely at 815-6002 or Kelly Boutwell at 984-4217.

Turner named GSHS distinguished alumnus

Dr. Joey Granger, dean of the School of Graduate Studies in the Heath Sciences, presents a crystal vase to Dr. Helen Turner as the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus during the school's Research Day Oct. 19 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.
Turner, who retired last summer from her position as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, holds a Ph.D. in microbiology as well as a medical degree from UMMC.

CAP Foundation honors pathology resident

Dr. Feriyl Bhaijee, a house officer in pathology, received the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation's Leadership Development Award at the foundation's CAP '12 - THE Pathologists' Meeting Sept. 8 in San Diego, Calif.

Bhaijee of Cape Town, South Africa, was recognized for her leadership in meeting with residents from other pathology programs and policymakers to help shape and influence the specialty of pathology to provide high-quality patient care.

Bhaijee is a third-year resident in the anatomic and clinical pathology residency program. She earned a combined bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery degree with distinction in clinical examinations at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She participated in a two-year rotating internship in internal medicine, surgery and trauma, and obstetrics at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.

Bhaijee is the junior member of the CAP Cancer Committee and a member of the CAP Spokespersons Network. She has authored several articles for one of the CAP's online scientific publication.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

30 Years

* Christine Purser, mass spectrum specialist, Pharmacology and Toxicology

 25 Years

* Dr. John J. Correia, professor of biochemistry

* Lesa Larkins, administrative assistant, hematology

* Rebecca Stevenson, ambulatory nurse, obstetrics and gynecology

 15 Years

* Virginia Boykin, billing specialist, University Physicians

10 Years

* Melissa Gray, mammography technologist, Mammography

* Barbara Griffin, administrative assistant, Communicative Sciences

* Kimberley Martindale, director, Reimbursement

* William Raymond, carpenter, Building Maintenance

5 Years

* Shellie Beard, medical abstractor, University Physicians

* Stephen Collins, associate telecom technician, Information Systems

* Anita Myers, patient care technician, 4 South

* Dr. Denise Pouncey, assistant professor of otolaryngology and communicative sciences

* Myra Wigley, inpatient nurse, Emergency Department

* Treaise Williams, administrative assistant, School of Nursing

* Jim Wilson, patient care technician, 4 South

Gatewood, Boyte to facilitate Schwartz Rounds

Jimmy Gatewood, associate director of social work in the Department of Coordinated Care, and Dr. Rick Boyte, professor of pediatrics and director of palliative medicine, will facilitate the UMMC Schwartz Center Rounds, "The Medical, Social and Ethical Challenges Faced in the Care of the Bariatric Patient," from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

Dr. Joe Pressler, assistant professor of medicine, Doris Whitaker, hospital chaplain, Terri Traylor, social worker, and Shannon Moffett, nurse practitioner, will serve as panelists.

The event is a multidisciplinary forum in which clinical caregivers discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients.

Doors will open at 11:50 a.m. and lunch will be provided for the first 200 in attendance.

For more information, call Michelle Brassfield at 4-1300.

Hospital, clinic staff invited to MAP meetings

Senior executive leaders will host half-hour Motivating, Achieving and Progressing (MAP) Meetings for hospital and clinic employees during November.

The meetings are scheduled:

* from 3:30-4 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, in room S123;

* from 2-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre);

* from 3:30-4 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in room S123;

* from 3-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, in room R354 (upper amphitheatre);

from 1-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Community Meeting Room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and

* from 3-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Central Billing Office in Clinton.

For more information, call Tonya Moore at 4-4104. 

Employee health fair slated Nov. 7

The Pathfinders Committee will host its annual UMMC Employee Health Fair from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Clinical Sciences walkway.

The first 250 Medical Center employees who present their valid identification card will receive free health information, blood pressure, heart/stroke screening and blood glucose/cholesterol screening. The flu vaccine will be available for those who have completed their HealthStream assignment.

The event will include a poster contest that will be judged from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. The Patient Educator of the Year will be announced at the event.

For more information about the fair or any of the events, call Cynthia Broome at 5-2393.

Boop to present Holliman Lectures

boopDr. Frederick Boop, Professor and James T. Robertson Chair of Neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, will present the 2012 Holliman Lectures, "Current Management of Pediatric Ependymomas" as part of Neuroscience Grand Rounds from 8-9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the MMRC BankPlus Conference Center, and "Advances in Pediatric Neuro-imaging as an Adjunct to Surgery" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in room S-123.

The 2012 Holliman Lecturer is presented by the Departments of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics.

For more information, call Robin French at 4-5705. 

Diabetes Foundation recognizes Keeton

Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi Executive Vice President Mary Fortune presents a plaque to Dr. Jimmy Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, in recognition and appreciation of his service as honorary chairman of Mississippi's Walk for Diabetes 2011.

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.

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