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Jackson-Williams receives historical citation

Bob Owens, left, Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning trustee, and Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, present a plaque to Dr. Loretta Jackson-Williams, medical school associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of emergency medicine, for “serving as a role model and strong advocate for the advancement of diversity at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the State of Mississippi.” Jackson-Williams was among 10 university honorees Feb. 16 at the IHL Board of Trustees’ Black History Month Educator of the Year award ceremony in the IHL Board Room at the Universities Center.

CV center relocation to impact traffic

 Renovations to the North Wing and new construction on green space between the North Wing and University Hospital will require that adjacent areas be cordoned off as part of construction to move the Medical Center’s cardiovascular center to a new location. Starting at 6 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, vehicle and pedestrian access to the circular drive in front of the School of Medicine and the street in front of the School of Nursing building, and all adjacent walkways, will be restricted.

Individuals who use this street to access the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Classroom Wing and all other offices in the North Wing may use the University Hospital entrance or a temporary walkway between the School of Nursing building and the Classroom Wing. Individuals who park in Parking Garage A may access these areas through the University Hospital entrance. The northwest entrance to the School of Nursing building will remain accessible.

Shuttle Stop 14 at the circular drive will be closed during the construction. The School of Nursing shuttle (known as the Red Line) will stop at shuttle Stop 16 on Peachtree Street. Passengers going to and from the School of Nursing, the School of Medicine, the Classroom Wing and all other offices in the North Wing will have the option of taking either the Red Line or the Blue Line (the Main Campus shuttle), which also stops at Shuttle Stop 16.

The renovation is expected to be completed within 18 months. Once construction is completed, pedestrian and vehicular traffic to the circular drive will be restored.

To view a detailed graphic of the construction area and the revised Red Line shuttle route, visit For more information about the revised shuttle route for the Red Line, call the Department of Parking and Transportation at 4-1405 or visit Physical Facilities-Shuttle/Transportation on the UMMC Intranet.

SHRP family wears red to support heart health

 Students, faculty and staff representing all programs in the School of Health Related Professions wear red to demonstrate their support for heart health during a nationwide awareness campaign. SHRP participated in the event Feb. 13 to help raise awareness of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S., and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

Radiology article gains journal distinction

smith_andrewAn article coauthored by Dr. Andrew D. Smith, assistant professor of radiology, has been named as one of the Top 10 most-read recent articles in the journal Radiology from November 2011-January 2012.

The Radiological Society of North America notified the coauthors that “Bosniak Category IIF and III Cystic Renal Lesions: Outcomes and Associations” had received the distinction. The article is coauthored by Smith, Dr. Erick M. Remer, Dr. Kelly L. Cox, Dr. Michael L. Lieber, Dr. Brian C. Allen, Dr. Shetal N. Shah and Dr. Brian R. Herts.

The article is available online.

Batson patients receive special Valentine visit

 Delbert Hoseman, secretary of state, reads a Valentine’s Day card to Batson Children’s Hospital patient Christian Halle Stamps, 2, of Fayette. Hoseman visited patient rooms Feb. 13.

AA conference room renamed to honor Turner

turner_helenThe conference room in the Office of Academic Affairs has been renamed the Helen R. Turner Conference Room in honor of the Medical Center's associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. Turner plans to retire at the end of this academic year. Look for the new listing when requesting this room in Outlook. For more information, call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883

Campus Police release crime statistics

handcuffsCampus Police reported nine larceny thefts, four arrests and one domestic violence assault in January. To report crime on campus, call Campus Police at 5-3072.



Pediatrics faculty welcome Charaf Eddine

charaf_ahmadDr. Ahmad Charaf Eddine has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

A native of Lebanon, Charaf Eddine earned the M.D. at Saint Joseph University in Beirut in 2002. He had pediatrics residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from 2003-06, and a pediatric cardiology fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami, Fla., from 2006-09.

Charaf Eddine’s research interest includes cardiac imaging and cardiac function assessment by tissue Doppler echocardiography.

Palmer joins otolaryngology faculty

palmer_kristenKristen Palmer has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in otolaryngology.

After receiving the BA in speech language pathology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2006, Palmer earned the MS in speech language pathology at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, in 2008. Palmer then served as an early intervention provider at Preferred Care Rehabilitation and joined the staff of Aegis Therapies; Golden Living Center in 2008.

Certified as a speech-language pathologist by the Mississippi State Board of Health in 2009, Palmer joined the staff of the North Mississippi Medical Center; Baldwyn Rehabilitation Services that year. In 2011, Palmer joined the staff of the Mississippi Methodist Rehabilitation Center.

Palmer is an active member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Nella Hall, patient service coordinator for University Physicians
* Ruby Johnson, graphic designer in Biomedical Illustration Services
* Mildred Roberts, medical technologist in the After Hours Lab

20 Years

* Eleanor Morris, buyer in Purchasing

15 Years

* Teresa Hill, instructor in pediatric neurology

10 Years

* Dr. Linda Barkett, assistant professor of dental hygiene
* Neacole Brown, patient access specialist in Admissions
* Belinda Johnson, researcher in the Jackson Heart Study
* Kenneth Milton, security guard in Campus Police
* Contella West, patient care technician for University Physicians
* Teresa Williams, patient access specialist in Admissions
* Marilyn Wilson, claims manager in Legal

5 Years

* Wilma Chaffee, inpatient nurse in University Hospital
* Tina Cole, patient services coordinator for University Physicians
* Lee Fairchilds, transport nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital
* Nicholas Grayer, technician in Environmental Services
* Darrell Lee, computer systems operator in Information Systems
* Jennifer Ozborn, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital
* Madetra Parker, unit secretary in University Hospital
* Willie Roach, library tech in Academic Information Services
* Brenda Rogers, administrative assistant in the School of Nursing
* Fairest Stevenson-Matthews, nurse manager in Cardiac Rehabilitation
* Rebecca Thompson, nursing shift supervisor in University Hospital
* Jody Watkins, ophthalmic research associate and photographer for University Physicians
* Stara Winston, administrative assistant in the Jackson Heart Study

Cleland, Hawkins to present Schwartz Rounds

 Dr. Bill Cleland, chief medical officer, and Lloyd Hawkins, social worker, will lead a discussion, "Difficult Discharge Plans for the Long-term Patient: A Case Study," as part of the next Schwartz Center Rounds from noon-1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, in R153 (lower amphitheatre). Schwartz Center Rounds is a multidisciplinary forum in which clinical caregivers discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients. Lunch will be provided on a first-come basis. For more information, call Continuing Education at 4-1300.

Harris, Giesecke to host MAP meeting

map_leadersJanet Harris, interim CEO of UHHS, and Guy Giesecke, CEO of Batson Children's Hospital, will host a half-hour "Motivating, Achieving, Progressing (MAP)" meeting for UMHC employees from 3-3:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, in the Community Meeting Room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center. For more information about the MAP meetings, call Tonya Moore at 4-4104.

Pastoral Services to offer Ash Wed. services

 The Department of Pastoral Services will offer Ash Wednesday services, including the traditional service of Imposition of Ashes and communion, at 7 a.m. and at noon on Feb. 22 at the UMMC Chapel. All Medical Center faculty, staff, students, patients, families and visitors are invited. Anyone interested in assisting with the services may call Dr. Ruth Black at 5-2112.

Alvarez to present physiology seminar

Dr. Jessica Alvarez, postdoctoral research fellow in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Lipids at the Emory School of Medicine, will present "Vitamin D, Insulin Sensitivity and Vascular Function" from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 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.

Nance to give pediatric surgery presentation

 nance_michaelDr. Michael L. Nance, director of the Pediatric Trauma Program and investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, will give the Pediatric Surgery/Fetal Center Grand Rounds presentation, "Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the Pediatric Patient," at noon on Thursday, Feb. 23, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing. For more information, call Donna Guy at 4-5102.


School of Pharmacy dedication slated Feb. 23

The Medical Center Family is invited to the dedication ceremony for the School of Pharmacy Instructional and Research Facility at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in front of the school. A reception and tours will follow immediately. For more information, send an e-mail to

Taste of the U to benefit UMMC Alliance

taste_pigTaste of the U, the Medical Center’s annual culinary extravaganza to benefit the UMMC Alliance, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center. Tickets to the event and Taste-themed T-shirts are available for sale from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, at the entrance to McDonald's, the Wiser Hospital lobby and the Student Union. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $15 for students and $5 for children under 12. T-shirts cost $10 each. Taste tickets also are available online at

Radiothon to boost Batson patients

logo_radiothonRadio stations from Jackson and Meridian will broadcast the 11th annual Mississippi Miracles Radiothon to benefit the Batson Children's Hospital from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 29-March 2. Jackson radio stations Y101.7, US 96.3 and Mix 98.7 will broadcast live from the Children's Hospital lobby; Meridian radio stations 97OKK, Kiss 104.1, Q101 and 105.7 The Beat will broadcast from Meridian. Radio hosts will interview current and former Batson Children's Hospital patients, their families and hospital staff and will ask listeners to call in pledges to benefit the hospital. The money will be used to purchase equipment and fund research and programs that ensure the hospital can provide the most advanced level of medical care for Mississippi's children. To make a donation, call 601-984-KIDS (5437) or 1-888-681-KIDS (5437).

MSU to host diversity conference

The President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities will sponsor Mississippi State University’s second diversity conference, “Enhancing Diversity in Higher Education: Undergraduate Retention and Recruitment of Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff,” Thursday-Friday, March 1-2.

Administrators, faculty, staff and students from institutions of higher learning throughout the state have been invited to the conference, according to Mark E. Keenum, MSU president.

“Diversity empowers and enriches any institution and the individuals within it,” Keenum said. “It gives us the opportunity to communicate, to know one another and to replace fear and prejudice with understanding and respect.”

Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will give the keynote address for the conference, which will draw attention to opportunities for diversity, discuss best practices for accomplishing diversity goals and offer general recommendations for enhancing diversity initiatives.

The registration fee is $150 for faculty and $75 for students. For more information about the conference, call Adrienne Morris at (662) 325-8124 or e-mail

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