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Children's Hospital patients enjoy fall carnival

Canija Richardson, 7, carefully removes a stick that helps holds up balls in a game of Kerplunk while Jones Community College students cheer her on at the Batson Children’s Hospital's Fall Carnival Oct. 31 in the Batson/Wiser courtyard.

UMMCares campaign kicks off this week

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.

This year's campaign once again will 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 will be determined through a random selection. The sooner in the campaign employees make their donation of $26 or more, the more chances they will have to win a prize (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 and to 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 included the School of Dentistry, the School of Nursing, University Hospitals including Batson Children's Hospital, and the Service Area.

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

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Rena Boone, administrative assistant, Pediatrics-Genetics

* Carolyn Hull, neurophysiology technician, Neurophysiology Lab

* Deborah Johnson, unit secretary, 3 North

* Maggie McElroy, patient care technician, Ambulatory Surgery

15 Years

* Gwendolyn Mayes, technician, Environmental Services

* Rosalind McChriston, nurse, Holmes County Hospital

10 Years

* Stephanie Evans, researcher, Physiology and Biophysics

5 Years

* Miranda Davis, health information services technician, University Physicians

* Thomas Flanagan, graduate assistant, Biochemistry

* Emily Fratesi, inpatient nurse, Newborn Nursery

* Andrea Jennings, inpatient nurse, Batson Children’s Hospital

* Velma Nelson, patient care technician, Bone Marrow Unit

* Deborah Richardson, inpatient nurse, Ante Partum Unit

* Latoria Russell, cashier, Food and Nutrition Services

* Tammy Satterfield, dental assistant, Advanced General Dentistry

* Stephanie Smith, laundry worker, Laundry and Linen

* Dr. Srinivasan Vijayakumar, professor of radiation oncology

Hospital, clinic staff invited to MAP events

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;

2-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, in room R153;

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

3-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, in room R354;

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

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. 

Newell to give ‘stress-free’ LifeSynch talk

Genea Newell of the LifeSynch Employee Assistance Program will present "Getting the Best from Stress before It Gets the Best of You" on Tuesday, Nov. 6, in room CW108 of the Classroom Wing.

Newell will give the one-hour presentation five times during the day: at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend one of the sessions.

LifeSynch also will host a manager/supervisor "open forum" from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, in room CW108 in which managers can stop by to discuss any specifically related issue they may have.

For more information about the LifeSynch sessions, call 4-1130.   

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 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. 

Donly to give 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. 

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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