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Reviewing charts before rounds

To familiarize themselves with their assigned patient’s condition, School of Nursing students Kristen Hinton, left, and Kara McDowell pause in a hallway to look over patient charts during clinical rounds at Batson Children’s Hospital.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Teresa Nyiri, patient services coordinator in the Select Heart Clinic

15 Years

* Maria Renfrow, ambulatory nurse in the Wiser Hospital Surgical Suite

10 Years

* Dr. Beata Karolewicz, assistant professor of psychiatry

* Christine Martin, ECMO specialist nurse in ECMO Pediatrics

* Joshua Oubre, CT technologist in University Hospital CT

* Shelly Porter, medical office assistant for University Physicians

* Debra Sones, inpatient nurse in the CCH-EICU

* Robby Whyte, care coordinator nurse in the School of Medicine

5 Years

* Juana Brandon, nursing assistant in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Candice Cole, program administrator in Continuing Health Professional Education

* Natasha Eskridge, phlebotomist in the Grant Ferry Clinic Lab

* Rachel Fields, nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital Newborn ICU

* Alicon Johnson, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Vernecia Miller, patient care technician in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Kristian Powe, unit secretary in the University Hospital Surgical Suite

* Alice Suttlar, administrative assistant in Mall Administration

* Robin Tanner, patient care technician in the Batson Children’s Hospital

Sun to present pharmacology seminar


Dr. Zhongjie Sun, professor of physiology, director of the Physiology Core and director of the Robert and Mary Cade Laboratory at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in Oklahoma City, will present the seminar, "Anti-aging Gene Klotho and Hypertension," at noon on Monday, April 2, in room CW 106. For more information, call Pamela Banks at 4-1690.


Darnell to present Hearin Lecture

darnell_robertDr. Robert B. Darnell, Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn Professor of Cancer Biology and director for science programs at Rockefeller University Hospital, Center for Clinical and Translational Research, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, will present the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "Maps of the RNA World," from noon-12:50 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre). All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis by the Hearin Foundation. For more information, call Margie West at 5-5000 or e-mail

Clydesdales parade to Batson

To kickoff Fondren's Zippity Doo Dah Weekend, a benefit for Batson Children's Hospital, Southern Beverage brought the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales to visit the patients and their families.  

UMMC to simulcast TEDMED conference

TEDMED 2012, a national medical technology and health-care conference that invites conversation on personal and public health, will be simulcast live Tuesday-Friday, April 10-13, in classroom 5A in the research wing of the old University Hospital.

logo_tedmedParticipants will include global leaders from science, research, technology, academia, business, government and the arts. Among those scheduled to speak are Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health; Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross; Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society; Todd Park, U.S. chief technology officer for the White House; Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and many others.

Sessions are scheduled throughout the day beginning at 4 p.m. April 10, with the final session scheduled for 10:15 a.m. April 13. All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited, and there is no charge to attend any of the sessions.

To register for the conference, send an e-mail to Dorothy Singleton at For more information about the conference, visit

Kollef to speak at Department of Medicine event

kollef_marinDr. Marin Kollef, a critical-care medicine, pulmonology and internal medicine practitioner in St. Louis, will present the keynote address at the Department of Medicine's 2012 Research Day event, "Using Nosocomial Pneumonia as a Platform for Clinical Research," at noon on Thursday, April 12, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre). All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information about the Department of Medicine's event, visit

Sub-council seeks spirited videos

The Medical Center's Events and Recognition Sub-council is seeking videos from all employees that display how UMMC's 2012 Hospital Week theme, “Catch the UMMC Spirit,” applies to their respective departments.

Videos may include skits, music, monologues or any similar formats that best display a department's accomplishments, why employees enjoy what they do or what makes departmental members such a great team.

Videos must be e-mailed to by Friday, April 13. The sub-council will review all videos before selecting a sample to show during the hospital week event.

For more information or to obtain a list of recording guidelines for the project, call Professional and Nursing Recruitment at 5-7004.

Courtyard catfish gets volunteer makeover

Batson Children's Hospital volunteers recently repainted the giant catfish that's been at home in the Batson/Wiser Courtyard since 2004. Originally a light pink and blue, this time volunteers chose a brighter palette inspired by the rainbow in the Children's Hospital logo.

UMMC event to promote health-care decisions

The Office of Bioethics and Humanities and the Ethics Advisory Committee will sponsor a campus event that is part of the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association and the American Medical Association's "National Health Care Decisions Day" on Monday, April 16, in the walkway between the old and new University Hospital. Medical Center faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to complete advance directives and have them scanned into their medical records. For more information, call Susan Shands Jones at 4-1031.

Jones, Keeton to speak at faculty meeting

The spring faculty meeting is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, April 18, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Dr. Dan Jones, University of Mississippi chancellor, and Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, will provide an update on the University and the Medical Center.

Retiring faculty will be recognized. Faculty who plan to retire during this academic year should e-mail Laura Hodge in Public Affairs at by Wednesday, April 11. Faculty with 20 years of service will be recognized at the fall faculty meeting.

Box lunches will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Academic Affairs at 4-5009.

Friends of RML to host used book sale

logo_rowlandFriends of the Rowland Medical Library will host a used book sale from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, April 17-20 and a reception from 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the second-floor foyer of the Verner Holmes Learning Resource Center. Records, framed art, paperbacks and hardback books will be available for sale, and the event will include a silent auction and a drawing. For more information, call Linda Bouchillon at 4-1290.


Celebration to honor organ donation in MS

Dr. Christopher Anderson, associate professor of surgery and transplant surgeon, Janet Harris, interim CEO of UHHS, and two organ recipients will speak at a presentation as part of a national organ donor celebration at noon on Tuesday, April 24, in the front lower lobby of University Hospital.

Representatives from the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) will be on hand to answer questions about signing up for the Mississippi Organ Donor Registry. All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments and information on organ donation in Mississippi will be available.

For more information, call Sara Balch at 4-2454 or e-mail

Saha to give multicultural affairs presentation

saha_somnath Dr. Somnath Saha, associate professor of medicine, public health and preventive medicine and medical informatics and clinical epidemiology at the Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, will present "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Quality of Health Care" at noon on Wednesday, April 25, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The presentation will include a discussion of these disparities, their potential sources and how health professionals can help make health care more equitable. Box lunches will be available to the first 100 in attendance.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Christopher Taylor at 4-1340.

Community health advocate trainers sought

Healthy Linkages and Southern Remedy are seeking individuals to serve as trainers of community health advocates for a series of train-the-trainer programs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, Saturday, June 23 and Saturday, July 21, in the Classroom Wing at UMMC. Community health advocates are lay persons trained to help individuals and communities adopt healthy behaviors. The goal of the training is to prevent and manage many chronic diseases that plague Mississippi. For more information about the programs or to volunteer, call Michael Jones at 5-9693 or e-mail

UMMC makes Great Strides for CF

The University of Mississippi Cystic Fibrosis Center is seeking UMMC employees to join its team participating in the Great Strides Walk to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Center on Saturday, April 21. The event will include a walk, a 5k run, live music and hamburgers. For more information or to join the UMCFC team, visit

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