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Group plans to bring new Hope to Mississippi

Presenting plans for the state's first American Cancer Society Hope Lodge at UMMC on Jan. 31 are, from left, Lester Diamond, St. Dominic's Hospital president; Kurt Metzner, Baptist Health Systems CEO; Dr. Ralph Vance, professor emeritus of medical oncology; Gov. Phil Bryant; Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs; Jerry Host, Trustmark Corp. president and CEO; Kelly Doss, ACS Mid-South Division executive vice president; Dr. Richard Friedman, Radiation Oncology of Mississippi; and Michael Artman, cancer survivor.
An enthusiastic crowd welcomed the group, which unveiled plans for a $10.9 million building that will offer patients and caregivers free lodging when in Jackson to receive cancer treatments at any metro area care provider.
ACS has 31 Hope Lodges across the country and, so far, has raised about half the money for the Mississippi Hope Lodge. Contractors hope to break ground on the 32-room facility in late summer. 

MPHA taps rheumatology admin for internship

Jackman_TiffanyTiffany Jackman, a Doctor of Health Administration candidate, will track legislative issues this session as the 2014 Policy Intern for the Mississippi Public Health Association (MPHA).

Jackman, who is also program administrator for the Division of Rheumatology, was awarded the internship as a student.

The Vicksburg resident will serve through April 6, assisting MPHA in following such health-related matters as the city of Jackson's smoke-free policy, texting-while-driving policy, proposed changes to the state's vaccination laws, funding for the Mississippi State Department of Health, policies to reduce infant mortality in Mississippi, access to health insurance for Mississippians and more.

Jackman also will research public-health and health-care policy options.

"This is a wonderful learning opportunity for me to understand how public policy affects Mississippians' health," said Jackman, who will graduate in 2016. "I am honored to represent UMMC's master of health sciences and DHA program. The education I have received has prepared me for this internship."

Rebel gridiron leader visits Children’s Hospital

Hugh Freeze, right, University of Mississippi head football coach, visits with Batson Children's Hospital patient Rishard Tims during a recent visit to the Medical Center campus.  

Dental student earns national leadership award

Matt Loeb, a second-year dentistry student, recently received a Bud Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award, one of only six presented nationwide this year.

Loeb submitted a grant application to the American Dental Association Foundation last fall. The grant will provide $5,000 to support student activities at the Jackson Free Clinic.

Dr. Pia Chatterjee Kirk, associate professor of care planning and restorative sciences in the School of Dentistry, served as Loeb's faculty sponsor.

Orthopedist joins UMMC's surgical faculty

Blake_KendallDr. Kendall T. Blake, a longtime orthopedist in Jackson, has joined the UMMC faculty as an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery.

After graduating from Princeton University (N.J.) in 1967, Blake earned the M.D. at the Vanderbilt University Medical School, Nashville, in 1971. He did a surgery internship from 1971-72 and a general surgery residency from 1972-73 at UCLA's Harbor General Hospital, Los Angeles, Calif., and an orthopedic surgery residency at the Campbell Clinic, University of Tennessee Medical School, Memphis, from 1976-78. Blake also served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force from 1973-75.

Blake joined the Jackson Bone and Joint Clinic in 1979 and practiced orthopedics there until 2004, when he left to become director of utilization and resources for Mississippi Baptist Health Systems. Since 2012, he has practiced at the Mississippi Baptist Advanced Wound Center.

An active member of numerous professional medical societies, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Medical Association, Blake was appointed by then-Gov. Ray Mabus to the State Welfare Board, which he served from 1988-91, and to the State Rehabilitation Board, which he served in 1988.

Pathology faculty add UMMC alum to ranks

Hancock_John_ChrisDr. John Christopher Hancock, a UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pathology.

After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1984, Hancock earned the M.D. at UMMC in 1988, where he did residency training from 1988-92. He also had a hematopathology/surgical pathology fellowship from 1992-93 at the University of Alabama Hospital, Birmingham. He is licensed to practice in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

40 Years

* Agnes Triplett, executive assistant, School of Dentistry (Office of the Dean)

30 Years

* Katherine Brister, billing specialist, Patient Financial Services

25 Years

* Delores Davis, medical technologist, After Hours Laboratory

* William Henley, medical technologist, Division Laboratory Medicine-Coagulation

* Renea Knight, LPN, 2 North

20 Years

* Kenneth McCreary, associate director of materials management, Shipping Receiving

15 Years

* Patricia Flowers, ambulatory coder, Charge Entry

* Bobby Holston, refrigeration mechanic, Building Maintenance

* Anna Luckett, rehabilitation technician, Jackson Medical Mall Surgical Specialty Clinic

* Ailleen Proctor, patient services coordinator, Anesthesia

10 Years

* Donna Gooch, data quality analyst, Cancer Research and Registry

* Colby Harrington, coder, Charge Entry

* Debra Lee, inpatient nurse, Wiser Hospital Ante Partum

* Nitchka McNair, patient services coordinator, Oncology Clinic-Cancer Center

* Matthew Mobley, nurse, 5 North

* Deborah Tribit, accountant, Property Control

* Aaron Yoakum, ECMO specialist, Pediatrics

5 Years

* Andrew Bailey, inpatient nurse, Neuroscience ICU

* Jana Ball, scientist, Biochemistry

* Leigh Bonvillain, CRNA, Anesthesia

* Candice Brown, inpatient nurse, 4 South

* Lewis Frazure, communications specialist, Mississippi Med-Com

* Valerie Greer, billing specialist, Patient Financial Services

* Decole Harris, associate end user compliance specialist, Information Systems

* Kimberly Haynes, certified medical assistant, University Physicians Surgery-Transplant

* Ronald Hlinka, inpatient nurse, University Hospital Surgical Suite

* Patricia Horn, nursing shift supervisor, Cardiology EP Lab

* Jeffery Johnson, machinery mechanic, Building Maintenance

* Susan Miley, dental assistant, School of Dentistry (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology)

* Kelly O'Reilly, CRNA, Anesthesia

* Brittany Prather, inpatient nurse, Batson Children's Hospital Newborn Nursery

* Ashley Price, clinical research nurse, University Physicians Otolaryngology-Face and Skin Center

* Dr. Reginald D. Rigsby, hospitalist, Holmes County Hospital

* Laurie Sullivan, medical laboratory technician, School of Medicine (Nephrology)

* Janice Teal, inpatient nurse, University Hospital Surgical Suite

* Stacey Vardaman, access financial coordinator, Internal Access-Admissions

* Leila Wilkins, CRNA, Anesthesia

* Linda Williamson, CRNA, Anesthesia 

UT-Southwestern postdoc to discuss autism

TsaiDr. Nien-Pei Tsai, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at the UT-Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, will present "Molecular Mechanisms of Synapse Elimination by Autism-linked Genes" from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, in room CW 308 of the Classroom Wing.

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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