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Appointments available for benefits changes

mark date 2Benefit 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.

ESH’s flu vaccine campaign continues

harris flu The Employee/Student Health Department will complete its flu vaccine campaign from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today (Monday, Oct. 8) at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

All Medical Center employees must complete a HealthStream assessment to receive the flu vaccine (Locate HealthStream on the UMMC intranet under Hot Spots). Students do not have to complete the assessment.

Bring your UMMC ID badge. For more information, e-mail Elham Ghonim at

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. 

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

35 Years

* Dr. LaDonna Northington, professor of nursing

20 Years

* Rhonda Hill, PICC nurse, Antimicrobial Services

* Simmie Noel, health information services technician, Ancillary Scheduling

* Rita Utroska, respiratory therapist, Respiratory Therapy

15 Years

* Leah Lambert, buyer, Bookstore

10 Years

* Theresa Brice, nurse, Neurosurgery

* Iva Jones, respiratory therapist, Pavilion Cardiology

5 Years

* Jennifer Bagwell, billing specialist, Orthopedic Surgery

* Kenyaka Barnes, administrative assistant, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

* Dr. Ravi Chandran, house officer, School of Dentistry

* Dustin Clay, officer, Campus Police

* Roderick Hughes, assistant manager, Materials Management

* Regina Jacob, ambulatory nurse, Fast Track

* James Lamberth, electrician, Building Maintenance

* Dena McMillin, medical assistant, Orthopedic Surgery

* John Pace, Epic application coordinator, Information Systems

* Roberta Rule, nursing assistant, Holmes County Hospital

Manimekalai to speak at anesthesia conference

ManimekalaiDr. Natesan Manimekalai of the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, will present "Regional Anesthesia and Anticoagulation - Review ASRA Recommendation" at the anesthesia clinical conference at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in classroom 3A.

For more information, call Kathy Wade-Butler at 4-5914. 

Wold to present physiology lecture

WoldDr. Loren Wold, associate professor and principal investigator at the Center for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research, The Research Institute, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbia, Ohio, will present "Air Pollution and Cancer: Triggers of Myocardial Dysfunction" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 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.  

DEA officials to give research presentation

Officials from the Jackson District Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give a presentation on the use of controlled substances in research at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, in classroom 6A.

The seminar will include information on how to apply for a DEA registration, modification or termination of a DEA registration, inventory requirements, record-keeping requirements and security requirements.

For more information, call Marjorie West at 5-5000. 

Ceremony to honor faculty research excellence

The Medical Center will host an Excellence in Research Awards Ceremony and Reception to honor faculty who have distinguished themselves with exceptional research from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.  Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, is scheduled to be the guest speaker.

Off-campus guests may park in Visitor Parking Lot D across from the School of Dentistry or behind the student union.

For more information, call Margie West at 5-5000.

Ferber to give Psychiatry Rounds presentation

ferberDr. Richard Ferber, co-founder and former director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at the Children's Hospital in Boston, Mass., and the world's preeminent expert on sleep in children, will present "Circadian Aspects of Pediatric Sleep" during Psychiatry Grand Rounds at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, in room CW 308 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, call Kim Arnold at 4-5826.

Pollock to present women’s research 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.   

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 Timothy McGregor, hospital chaplain

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

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

Candlelit event benefits pediatric oncology

Dr. Gail Megason, third from right, enjoys a conversation with, from left, Rivers Walker, co-chairman of the auction committee; painter William Dunlap; Tavi Belser, Mississippi Children’s Cancer Clinic patient; Lucy Gault, co-chairman of the auction committee; and Adam Whiteley, a Mississippi Children’s Cancer Clinic patient, during the 32nd UMMC Candlelighters Art Auction held last Thursday night. The group stands by Dunlap’s painting “Playing Fields of Eaton,” which appears on the cover of the 2013 Candlelighters calendar. The Candlelighters supports the pediatric oncology program at the Medical Center.  (enlarge image)

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