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UMMCares campaign continues this week

UMMCares, the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s annual service organization donation drive, will continue to run 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. 

This year’s campaign includes 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 will be determined through a random selection. (Under IRS rules, the value of the prizes will be reported as income to the recipients).

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

For more information about the campaign or to make a donation, visit

Alpha Eta Society honors Johnson

Physical therapist Neely Johnson, center, receives the Lee Holder Award for Excellence in Graduate Allied Health Education from Dale Fish, Alpha Eta president, while Johnson's mother, Lisa, looks on at the Alpha Eta Society’s annual meeting Oct. 26 in Orlando, Fla.

Johnson, who graduated from UMMC in May, was inducted into the Alpha Eta Society in the spring and was nominated for the award by the SHRP Chapter of Alpha Eta.

Johnson works at the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield.

UNISA taps Hicks for external examiner slot

HicksThe University of South Africa (UNISA) in the Republic of South Africa has selected Dr. Chindo Hicks, associate professor of medicine and director of the Cancer Bioinformatics Core in the UMMC Cancer Institute, to sever as an external examiner.

In this role, Hicks will assess and evaluate the Ph.D. theses for UNISA’s Ph.D. candidates in bioinformatics and make a report and recommendations to the Board of Examiners about the candidates’ fulfillment of the requirements for the doctoral degree in bioinformatics.

UMMC to host December blood drive

ms blood dec 2012Mississippi Blood Services personnel will visit the Medical Center Dec. 3-7 for UMMC's quarterly blood drive. All donors will receive an MBS T-shirt. Identification is required to donate blood.

Times, dates and places for the drive include:

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine and at the University Hospital entrance;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the School of Dentistry lounge;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Batson Children's Hospital entrance;

* 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Bailey Avenue entrance to the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center;

* 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the University Hospital entrance; and

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the second-floor conference center at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

For more information about UMMC's blood drive, call Renee Howard at 4-2884 or send her an e-mail at

Hospital corridor to close for construction

const signA portion of the corridor adjacent to the south side of the new cafeteria that connects the original University Hospital building to the Clinical Sciences walkway will be closed for construction beginning Monday, Nov. 19.

Detour signs will be posted in the area to help pedestrians find an alternative route around the construction site.

For more information, call the Construction Department at 4-1410.  (Click to view map)

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

15 Years

* Cary Campbell, ambulatory nurse, Pediatric Cardiology

* Tracy Hicks-Isaac, administrative assistant, Coordinated Care

* Rosa Hutton, administrative assistant, Cytology

* Cynthia Thomas, senior certified coder, Health Information Management

10 Years

* Wanda Brooks, unit secretary, Newborn Nursery

* Shatuana Maxie, billing specialist, Health Information Management

* Rose Reed, patient care technician, Ante Partum

* Veronica Smith, patient care technician, Fetal Center

* Lowanda Williams, patient access specialist, Admissions

5 Years

* Stacy Glenn, case manager, Coordinated Care

* Clarence Horton, plumber, Building Maintenance

* Jocelyn Palmer, patient access specialist, Admissions

* Randolph Sites, chief of revenue cycle management, Central Billing Office

* Melvin Wilson, officer, Campus Police

Carvalho to present Anesthesia Grand Rounds

CarvalhoDr. Jose Carvalho, professor of anesthesia at Mount Sinai Hospital, will give the Anesthesia Grand Rounds presentation, "Ultrasound Assisted Spinals and Epidurals in Obstetrics," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in classroom 3A.

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

Boop to give Holliman Lecture presentations

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 Bank Plus 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. 

Hospital, clinic staff invited to MAP meetings

Senior executive leaders will host a half-hour Motivating, Achieving and Progressing (MAP) Meetings for hospital and clinic employees from 1-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Community Meeting Room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and again 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.

Donly to present pediatric dentistry course

donlyDr. Kevin Donly, professor, chair and postdoctoral program director in the Department of Developmental Dentistry and professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, will present a course on pediatric dentistry on Friday, Nov. 16, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

The course will include the early diagnosis of tooth demineralization; intervention with fluoride, glass ionomer surface protectants and sealants; and minimally invasive products and procedures.

Donly will demonstrate risk assessment usage in decision-making for restorative care in relation to recommendations made by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dentists, hygienists and dental teams are invited. For more information, call Joan Bounds at 4-1300 or visit the continuing education website.

Cancer Institute scientists to host symposium

cancer inst logoUMMC Cancer Institute scientists will host a "Cancer Research Day" event to showcase their research, hear what others in the medical community are doing and inform community groups about how research money is being spent, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The symposium will offer an opportunity for researchers from Jackson-area colleges and universities to meet with UMMC and University of Mississippi researchers and discuss further research collaborations. The event will include presentations from Cancer Institute scientists and a poster session.

Scientists, physicians, residents, students and cancer-related community organizations are invited. For more information, e-mail Veronica Mayes at

Tetel to present neurobiology seminar

TetelDr. Marc J. Tetel, associate professor and neuroscience program director at Wellesley College, will present "Nuclear Receptor Coactivators: The New Players in Steroid Action in Brain and Behavior" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, in room G151 in the Guyton Library.

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.   

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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