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Giving campaign participants enjoy cool treats

Tishawn Thames, left, child life coordinator, watches as Dian Cannon, executive assistant in the Office of Development, puts a cherry on a cold scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream during a Nov. 15 party for participants in the Medical Center's employee fund-raising campaign, Giving Starts Here.

All Medical Center faculty and staff may still support the program by visiting the secure campaign webpage

AMR training highlights mechanical medicine

During skills training recently, American Medical Response paramedics Dorothy Michael, kneeling left, and Jeff Pinter, kneeling right, work with LUCAS2, a mechanical device performing CPR on a patient simulator while Michael Arinder, left, AMR clinical education/safety risk manager, and Dr. Kendall Mckenzie, Emergency Medical Services fellow, observe and evaluate the device.

Former Batson patients rock the MM runway

Sydney Gholar, 9, struts her stuff during the "Rockin' Down the Runway for Tweens and Teens" event Nov. 8 at Mistletoe Marketplace in Jackson.

Gholar and four other former Batson Children's Hospital patients were part of a fashion show presented by UMMC that featured Mistletoe merchants' clothes and accessories.

Missed the town hall meeting? View it today!

A video of the University of Mississippi Medical Center Town Hall Meeting hosted by Dr. James E. Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, is now available online at (Click to view).

The meeting, presented Nov. 14 in room R-354 (upper amphitheatre), provided an opportunity for Medical Center faculty, staff and students to engage in a conversation with Keeton on a number of topics of interest to the UMMC community.

Neonatologist provides ‘gold ribbon’ service

Kimberly Rowzee, right, nurse educator in the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants, presents a gold ribbon lapel pin and bouquet to Dr. Mary Anne Kosek, associate professor of neonatology, during a reception in Kosek's honor Nov. 13.

Kosek was recognized as the first Gold Ribbon Award recipient among Wiser Hospital physicians, nurses and assistants who exhibit evidence-based maternal/newborn care practices that promote quality and patient satisfaction.

In memoriam

Deloris Williams Scruggs, R.N., a longtime nursing service supervisor and assistant director of nursing at the Medical Center, died Nov. 16. She was 79.

A memorial service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home on Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m.

Memorials may be made to the Batson Children's Hospital.

Students adopt nursing school’s code of honor

Traditional BSN students Connor Fairchild, right, and Misty Jennings, left, sign the School of Nursing Honor Code during a Nov. 11 ceremony at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

The annual ceremony, now in its second year, included a keynote address on integrity and accountability by Dr. Ralph Didlake, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities.

All junior and senior traditional BSN students recited the code for honorable and professional behavior, a guideline for expected academic, personal and professional conduct, and signed the pledge.

SOM introduces new Barksdale scholars class

Barksdale Scholar contributors, back row from left, Dr. Fred McDowell, Donna Barksdale, Jim Barksdale and Dr. Don Mitchell, congratulate the first-year medical students and Barksdale scholar recipients during a recent luncheon.

The Barksdale Scholars include, from left, Jedd Jack Audrey, Matthew Todd Valentine, Kendra Shavon Robinson-Taylor, Mary Ruth Windham, Yolanda Erettet Ross, Blythe Hope Bynum and Bailey Andrew Hansen. (Enlarge Image)

Children have PhUn with museum activity

Hundreds of local children got their hands into hearts, lungs and kidneys - well, models anyway - Nov. 9 at the Mississippi Children's Museum, thanks to more than 40 UMMC volunteers. (Enlarge Image)

During Physiology Understanding (PhUn) Week, a k-12 science outreach program Nov. 3-9 sponsored by the American Physiological Society and Discovery U, children circulated through approximately nine interactive physiology learning stations that focused on structures and functions of major organs.

The event was part of the museum's Question It? Discover it! Saturdays. Dr. Mike Ryan, associate professor of physiology, Dr. Barbara Alexander, associate professor of physiology, and Dr. Jenny Sasser, assistant professor of pharmacology, organized the event, with the assistance of 40 UMMC faculty, fellows, students and staff, mainly from physiology and pharmacology departments.

For more information about the UMMC Graduate School's Discovery U pipeline and outreach program, visit

Medicine prof receives inaugural Lehan Chair

Dr. William Little, third from left, professor and chair of the Department of Medicine, was awarded the inaugural Patrick H. Lehan Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine during a reception Nov. 13. Little was joined by (from left) University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones, Little's wife Connie, and Dr. Jimmy Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the medical school. 

The endowed chair was funded in large part by many of the trainees of the legendary UMMC chief of cardiovascular medicine who died in 2002. Lehan reportedly trained 75 cardiology fellows and was known as "a fabulous teacher."

Event reveals fruits of Alliance’s philanthropy

Dr. Pierre de Delva, assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery, addresses the UMMC Alliance during the organization's Fall Luncheon Nov. 12.

de Delva thanked the organization's members for a donation that funded equipment for lung cancer patients.

More than 70 attended the luncheon, where representatives from the Batson Children's Hospital Child Life Program and the Children's Justice Center also spoke about their uses and needs for Alliance funding.

The UMMC Alliance is a nonprofit social and service organization that raises money to support the needs of UMMC patients, families and facilities. For more information or to join the Alliance, visit

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

15 Years

* Patricia Stegall, assistant director of rehabilitation services, Physical Therapy

* Margaret Williams, administrative assistant, Plastic Surgery

10 Years

* Jennifer Eubanks, unit secretary, 4 South

* Philandra Evans, mental health technician, Batson Children's Hospital

5 Years

* Ashley Anthony, ambulatory operations manager, Face and Skin Center

* Jack Mazurak, assistant director for media relations, Public Affairs

* Kawanna Taylor, inpatient nurse, 3 South

* Russell Wardlaw, CRNA, Anesthesia

* Donnie Washington, LPN, Rural Health Clinics

Block to discuss microglia activation regs

Block_MicheleDr. Michelle L. Block, associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Campus, will present "Redox Regulation of Neurotoxic Microglia Activation: NF-kB p50 and M1 Polarization" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in room G151 of 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.

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