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Information Systems' chef team takes Taste title

Steve Waite of the Division of Information Systems' Ghostbusters team receives the Dr. Fine Swine trophy from Todd Mangum of presenting sponsor BancorpSouth while the rest of the DIS crew celebrate its Taste of the U overall championship at the 24th annual event Feb. 22 in the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center. (Enlarge photo)

Other category winners and their themes included:

Children’s Choice and Overall Second Runners-up: UMMC Chinese Students and Scholars, "Happy and Healthy;"

People’s Choice: Physical Facilities, "Slap Ya Mama Good;"

Heart Healthy: School of Pharmacy, "Hard Rock Café;"

Best Presentation: Neurobiology and Behavior Research, "Walking Dead;"

Best Taste: Infection Prevention; and

Overall First Runners Up: Hospital Administration, "Taste of the Bayou."

Celebrity judges included Mississippi News Now anchor Maggie Wade, chef and restaurant owner Grant Nooe, Francine Thomas Reynolds, art director at New Stage Theatre, Dr. David Dzielak, director of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid, and Toy Wolfe, UMMC dietitian.

Taste of the U raises funds for the UMMC Alliance, a nonprofit organization that benefits Medical Center patients, families, students and facilities. Funds raised during this year’s Taste will help renovate the Department of Radiology reception area.

Ceremony clads new dentists with white coats

Second-year dentistry student Austin Holmes receives a white coat from his father, Dr. Edward Holmes, during the School of Dentistry's Class of 2016 American College of Dentists' White Coat ceremony Feb. 21.

The white coats were presented to students in their third-year transition from pre-clinical to clinical studies, when they begin to see patients chairside.

ASB honors longtime student affairs employee

Julia Thompson, third from left, student editor of the 2012-2013 Medic, presents the initial copy of the yearbook to Virginia Covington, center left, of the Office of Student Affairs.

The Associated Student Body dedicated the annual to Covington.

Also on hand for the ceremony are, from left, Christina McAlpin, Covington's daughter; Anita East, Covington's daughter and a nurse in the Eli Manning Children's Clinic; John Covington, Covington's husband; Mary Willoughby, Covington's sister; Nancy Hardy, Covington's mother; Katie Regions, Covington's niece; and Nancy Curry, Covington's sister.  (Enlarge photo)

Gold ribbon award pins top maternity advocate

Dwan_mosleyDwan Mosley, patient care technician in the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants, shows off the lapel pin she received during the Gold Ribbon Award ceremony and reception Feb. 17.

Mosley was honored for positively impacting direct patient care, promoting evidence-based maternity care and supporting breast-feeding.

CLO discusses obesity during Millsaps Forum

Dr. Tonya Moore, chief learning officer, speaks during the Feb. 21 installment of the Millsaps College Friday Forum on the Millsaps campus.

Moore's presentation, "Socioeconomic Patterning of Obesity Among African-American Women in the Jackson Heart Study," highlighted education as a key indicator in health outcomes through a cross-sectional analysis of obese African-American women in the Jackson Heart Study.

Findings from the study will provide insight into the pattern of obesity among that heterogeneous group.

Family medicine faculty welcome Shipley

Shipley_SonyaDr. Sonya R. Shipley, a UMMC alum and an experienced private practice family physician, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of family medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in biology magna cum laude from Millsaps College in 2004, Shipley earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2008 and had postgraduate training in the Department of Family Medicine here from 2008-11.

Shipley served as a private practice family physician at King's Daughters Medical Clinic in Brookhaven from 2011-12 and at the FirstCare Medical Center in Brownsville, Tenn., from 2012-13 before returning to Jackson.

An active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Shipley is the author of an article in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association, "Clinical Problem Solving: Doc, I Feel Like I'm Getting Fat."

MIND Center data helps lead to winning posters

MC_logoTwo national medical groups have selected posters by three School of Medicine students pursuing research studies on atherosclerosis and cognitive decline as finalists in their respective poster competitions.

A poster by Brad Deere has been accepted as a finalist by the American College of Physicians, while posters by John Bridges and Brittany Simpson have been named Presidential Posters by the American Geriatric Society.

The posters will be presented at national meetings of the respective groups.

Dr. Michael Griswold and Dr. Gwen Windham were the primary mentors for the students.

“Competing against medical students from across the United States, it’s objective recognition for the quality of our students and also speaks to the quality of the programs we’re building,” said Dr. Tom Mosley, MIND Center director. 

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Alfred Davis, technician, Environmental Services

* Dr. Grazyna Rajkowska, professor of psychiatry

* Dr. Hong Zhu, professor of otolaryngology and communicative sciences

15 Years

* Jacqueline Lynch, director of budget and finance, School of Dentistry Business Administration

* Cynthia McDaniel, billing specialist, Patient Financial Services

* Daniel McNair, financial counselor, Internal Access

* Louis Nichols, inpatient nurse, Emergency Department

10 Years

* Rosa Ashmore, billing specialist, Medicine (Oncology)

* Shelia McDougles, physician scheduler, Scheduling

* Marlanna Ramirez, LPN, 4 South

* Dr. Michael Ryan, associate professor of physiology and biophysics

5 Years

* Belinda Bush, financial counselor, Ob-Gyn

* Dionne Claxton, business and clinic operations supervisor, Child Development Clinic

* Dr. Luiz Delima, professor of anesthesiology

* Nathan D'Mello, pharmacist, Pharmacy

* Jimmy Gill, flight paramedic, Helicopter Transport

* Dr. Michael Griswold, professor of medicine (biostatistics)

* James McGee, exercise physiologist, Cardiac Rehabilitation

* Brandy Middleton, inpatient nurse, Batson Children's Hospital Newborn Nursery

* Aubrey Pepper, nurse educator, Batson Children's Hospital Surgical Suite

* Dr. Ernest Quin, assistant professor of medicine (cardiology)

* Damaris Reid, sponsored program administrator, Psychiatry

* Dr. Brian Tollefson, assistant professor of emergency medicine

* Daffney Williams, clerk, Accounting Department

* Dr. Beverly Windham, associate professor of medicine (geriatrics)

* Amy Wood, customer service specialist, Patient Financial Services

* Dr. Julie Wyatt, assistant professor of dermatology

HR provides new discount offers for UMMC staff

YouponHuman Resources is pleased to announce a new employee discount program, Youpon. Local merchants will be able to directly offer enrolled Medical Center employees discounts via their chosen contact method.

The initial sign-up on campus was overwhelming: More than 1,000 employees enrolled within the first two hours of the initial program announcement. With this "flood" of new enrollees, the system has had some technical glitches that are being addressed. 

To register for Youpon, visit Put UMMC as your employer. If you encounter trouble signing up, please be patient and try again later. If you continue to have problems, please contact Michael at (843) 767-0624 or

Schwartz Rounds to tackle pain's problems

Shwartz_Center_RoundsDoris Whitaker, UMMC chaplain, will serve as moderator and Dr. Christian Paine, house officer in pediatrics, and Dr. Andrew Ostrenga, pharmacist, will serve as panelists during the next Schwartz Center Rounds presentation, "The Problem of Pain," scheduled from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The presentation will focus on issues surrounding pain management from various perspectives. Registration will take place at the door.

Medical Center employees must bring their badges to scan. For more information, call Elizabeth Franklin at 5-5141.

Ash Wednesday services scheduled March 5

The Department of Pastoral Services will host Ash Wednesday services from 7-7:30 a.m. and again from noon-12:30 p.m. on March 5 in the University Hospital Chapel.

Ashes and communion will be offered for those who wish to receive them. All Medical Center faculty, staff, students, patients and visitors are invited.

For more information, call Jeffery Murphy, chaplain, at 5-2106.

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