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UMMC donations boost Toys for Tots drive

Sara Balch, left, performance improvement analyst, Kimmen Johnson, second from right, nurse manager on 4North, and Cissy Bailey, nurse manager on 5North, represent the units that donated the most toys to the Medical Center's third annual Toys for Tots campaign Dec. 7 at University Hospital. Cpl. Marques Jackson, second from left, and GySgt. Shaun Wall Sr. of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Unit in Jackson were on hand to accept approximately 1,500 toys. The drive was organized by LeAnn Harcharik, nurse manager. Twenty-five departments/units participated in this year's drive.

CMS taps Brunson, installs two UMMC faculty

BrunsonThe Central Medical Society (CMS) named Dr. Claude D. Brunson, professor of anesthesiology and senior advisor to the vice chancellor, its 2012 Exemplary Physician of the Year during the society’s quarterly meeting Dec. 4.

At the meeting, the society also selected two UMMC faculty for leadership positions in CMS. Dr. Mahesh Mehta, professor of anesthesiology, was instated as president, while Dr. Michelle Owens, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was installed as secretary/treasurer of CMS, one of 16 component societies of the Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA).

"For us at UMMC to get a couple of our folks in leadership positions at CMS is certainly remarkable,” Brunson said. “Dr. Owens is now in line to become president in two years.

"It’s good for the university to have people who are part of organized medicine across the area. It strengthens us as a faculty practice to be tied in this way."

Dr. Helen R. Turner, retired associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, is the outgoing president for CMS, whose members are from Hinds, Leake, Madison, Rankin, Scott and Simpson counties. Each of the societies represents a region of the state; with approximately 1,400 members, CMS is the largest.

Tour follows Express project to the Delta

A group of Medical Center administrators and faculty members representing the hospitals and the schools of Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry and Health Related Professions visit at the historic Mont Helena plantation near Rolling Fork during a Dec. 5 tour of the new school-based clinics of the Mercy Delta Express Project.

The project, led by Dr. Lisa Haynie, professor of nursing, and the School of Nursing, provides health care to students of South Delta Elementary School, South Delta Middle School, Ripley Blackwell Head Start and the Cary Christian Center. Sister Patricia Parker (front row, third from left) and Sister Robyn Huser (front row, fourth from left) of the Sisters of Mercy in Vicksburg, also were in attendance for the tour. The Sisters of Mercy donated the mobile medical clinic bus to the Mercy Delta Express Project in 2003. (Larger Photo)

Vendors' badges to reflect stop sign indicator

Stop vendor

 The University of Mississippi Medical Center has upgraded the Vendormate System.

A stop sign will appear on the badges of vendors who have been on the UMMC campus for more than 12 hours.

All vendors should sign into Vendormate while on campus.

For more information, call Jennifer Douglas at 4-1355.   (view flier)

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Regina Savell, reimbursement analyst, Central Billing Office

15 Years

* Mary Crews, accounts payable clerk, Accounting Department

* Jonathan Wilson, director of emergency services preparedness, Emergency Department

* Cathie White, LPN, Surgical Specialty Clinic

10 Years

* Larry Dewitt, courier, Student Union

* Starkette Harper, respiratory therapist, Pulmonary Clinic

* Kelly Holly, transplant coordinator, Heart Transplant

5 Years

* Matthew Barlow, electrician, Building Maintenance

* Tami Blocker, inpatient nurse, Emergency Department

* Robin Bounds, inpatient nurse, 4 South

* Amy Burkhead, inpatient nurse, 3 South

* Jennifer Carrick, practice management systems analyst, Central Billing Office

* Courtney Fairchilds, pediatric cardiology nurse, Pediatric ICU

* Sarah Fox, student admissions officer, Student Services and Records

* Jamie Johnson, inpatient nurse, Emergency Department

* Angela McNeil, patient care technician, 2 South

* Brian Overstreet, inpatient nurse, Emergency Department

* Danielle Ruth, telephone operator, Information Systems

Vortmeyer to present Pathology Grand Rounds

VortmeyerDr. Alexander O. Vortmeyer, associate professor and director of neuropathology at Yale University, will give the Department of Pathology Grand Rounds presentation, "Effects of the VHL Gene on the Nervous System," from noon-1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, in room 5A.

For more information, call Theresa Hebler at 4-1879.

Medical Center to host holiday parties

Happy holidays 2The Medical Center will entertain its employees, students and staff with traditional holiday parties from 2-3:30 p.m. and again from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the University Hospital atrium.

A holiday party for Jackson Medical Mall employees is scheduled from 2-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, in the UMMC Conference Center.

A holiday party for Holmes County Hospital and Clinics employees is scheduled from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, in the HCHC cafeteria.

Refreshments will be available at each party. For more information, e-mail

Schwartz Rounds to discuss hope in illness

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 Schwartz Center Rounds presentation, "Supporting Hope during Serious Illness: Pediatric Cases," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

Panelists will include Lauren Casavechia, Anna Eldridge, Karen Golden, Jodee Newell and Catherine Terhune.

Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped gift of non-perishable food, toys or clothes to help a disadvantaged family as part of the hospital outpatient department's project.

Lunch will be available to the first 150 in attendance. For more information, call Michelle Brassfield at 4-1300.  

Li to present neurobiology seminar

Dr. Jiali Li, assistant research professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Rutgers University, will present "Epigenetic Basis in Neurodegeneration of Ataxia-telangiectasia: A New Layer of Complexity" from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 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.

Habitat reps to host educational sessions

Habitat logoRepresentatives from Habitat for Humanity/Metro will host three educational sessions for anyone interested in learning more about how to apply for a Habitat home on Thursday, Dec. 13.

The sessions are scheduled for 12:15 p.m. in room 4A of the Classroom Wing, 3:15 p.m. in room 4A of the Classroom Wing, and 7:15 p.m. in room S123 of the original University hospital.

Refreshments will be available, and all Medical Center employees and non-UMMC employees are invited. For more information, call Karen Pickett at (601) 353-6060, ext. 210.

Borchert to give second Corbett Lectureship

BrochertDr. Mark Stephen Borchert, associate professor of clinical ophthalmology and neurology at the University of Southern California, Kent School of Medicine, Division of Ophthalmology, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, will present the second annual James J. Corbett M.D. Lectureship in Neuro-ophthalmology, "Septo-optic Dysplasia Mythology," at noon on Friday, Dec. 14, in classroom 3A.

Boxed lunches will be available to those who RSVP before Dec. 14. To RSVP or for more information, call Sherlene Sullivan at 4-5022.

Christmas tree sale benefits Children’s Hospital

nicktreesNick Trees is hosting a Christmas Tree sale from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 15, in Building 13 at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds and in the parking lot of the old Rapid at the Reservoir location.

A portion of the proceeds from each sale will benefit the Batson Children's Hospital.

For more information, call Matthew Johnson at 4-1975 or e-mail

Light-A-Light drive to benefit Friends of CH

Light a light 2012For a $10 donation, individuals can "Light-A-Light" on the Batson Children's Hospital Christmas tree in honor of or in memory of someone they know.

For each donation, an acknowledgment card will be sent to the honoree or his/her family.

Eternal Lights, which shine on the tree year after year, are available for $250 each.

The first year, the Eternal Light honoree or his/her family will receive a card and a stained glass angel ornament by Mississippi artist Jerry Hymel; each successive year, the Eternal Light will be remembered during the annual tree-lighting ceremony and the honoree or his/her family will receive an additional acknowledgment card.

For more information, call Melanie Schade at 4-5273 or visit

Ross to discuss unconscious bias

Howard RossHoward Ross, founder and chief learning officer of Cook Ross, Inc., will present "Unconscious Bias - The Elephant in the Room," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The presentation will address how unconscious bias develops, how it impacts people and diversity efforts, and how it impacts the creation of successful cultural change.

The seminar is presented by the Division of Multicultural Affairs. For more information, call the Division of Multicultural Affairs at 4-1339 or visit

Reading project to cover Fadiman book

Book TaylorThe Division of Multicultural Affairs, the School of Medicine Student Affairs Office, the School of Medicine Academic Affairs Office and the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities will sponsor a Diversity Dialogue Session, "UMMC Common Reading Project: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down," at noon on Friday, Jan. 25, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The format will include an interactive discussion with experts on pertinent topics in medical ethics.

Participants should read the selected book by Anne Fadiman before the event.

Lunch will be available to the first 100 in attendance. For more information, call 4-5012 or 4-1339.

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