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Surgery chair receives endowed Hardy Chair

Dr. James E. Keeton, left, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, presents the medal signifying the James D. Hardy Chair of Surgery to Dr. Marc Mitchell, professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery.

Mitchell was honored at a reception April 14. The Hardy Chair is the eighth endowed chair funded in the last five years.

Keeton town hall meeting aimed at physicians

Keeton_2014Dr. James Keeton, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, will host a Town Hall meeting for physician faculty from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in R-153 (lower amphitheater).

Although the timing of the event is intended to accommodate physicians' schedules, other interested School of Medicine faculty are welcome to attend.

Keeton will give a brief update about the Medical Center but spend most of the hour entertaining questions from faculty. 

New clinic caters to women's cardiology needs

Mississippi's first female interventional cardiologist is now seeing female patients in a special clinic designed to meet their needs by better personalizing treatment of heart symptoms.

Dr. Myrna Alexander, associate professor of cardiology (with a patient above), has opened the Women's Heart Clinic at Select Specialty Hospital in northeast Jackson. Every Thursday, Alexander is breaking from her regular heart clinic to see female patients ages 17 and older referred by their primary physicians or licensed, certified practitioners.

Too often, Alexander said, women's heart symptoms are brushed off by health-care providers who say they're being dramatic or anxious. Those indicators - among them: chest discomfort, a racing heartbeat, hypertension and fatigue - should be explored to rule in, or rule out, a cardiovascular problem, she said.

To see the full story, click here.       

SOD grad assistant garners engineering prize

Weeks_Andrew2Dr. Andrew Weeks, a graduate assistant in the School of Dentistry's Department of Biomedical Materials Science, received a Best Paper Award for his entry, "Synthesis and Characterization of an Elastin-like Polypeptide-Polyarginine Conjugate for Three-dimensional Cell Culture," at the 30th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference earlier this month in Gulfport.

Weeks' article will be published in a special issue of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences Journal later this year.

UMass instructor joins microbiology faculty

WongDr. Sandy M. Wong, an instructor in microbiology and physiological systems at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in microbiology.

After earning the B.S. in biology in 1983 and the Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology in 1996 at the University of California, Los Angeles, Wong had postdoctoral training from 1996-98 at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and from 1998-2001 at Harvard Medical School, Boston. She served as a lecturer in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, from 2001-03 before joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2003.

She is the author or coauthor of 22 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and four invited papers and book chapters. Her research interest has included studies on mechanisms of pathogenesis for the human pathogens Vibrio cholerae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Presently, Wong is focused on characterizing the virulence determinants required by Haemophilus influenzae, another important pathogen of humans causing respiratory and middle ear infections.

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Sharon Bradley, call center representative, Ancillary Scheduling

* Angela Unger, accounting clerk, Food and Nutrition Services

10 Years

* Paula Mitchell, clinic operations manager, Family Medicine Administration

* Kimberly Purvis, pharmacist, Cancer Center Pharmacy

* Leatonia Tucker, buyer, Purchasing

* Holly Walker, Epic application coordinator/analyst, Information Systems

5 Years

* Leigh Brister, CRNA, Anesthesia

* Elham Ghonim, infection prevention director, Infection Control

* Kathy Harvey Fitch, CRNA, Anesthesia

* Sherry Jones, utilization review nurse, Coordinated Care

* Latasha McGee, nursing assistant, 4 North

* Chic Meador, patient care technician, Adult Rehabilitation Center

* Angela Risher, nurse, Surgical ICU

* Edward Tonos, physical therapist, University Hospital Physical Therapy

* Rebecca Walker, dietitian, Batson Children's Hospital

* Adrienne Whalen, unit secretary, 2 South

* Stacy Wilson, patient access specialist, Internal Access-Admissions

Two opportunities to hear Harvard nephrologist

ThadhaniDr. Ravi I. Thadhani, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Division of Nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, will give the Department of Medicine Tuesday Chairs' Conference presentation, "Vitamin D: A Global Pandemic?" at noon on April 22 in classroom R-153 (lower amphitheatre).

The seminar is presented by the Division of Nephrology. Lunch will be provided to the first 120 Department of Medicine faculty and trainees to attend.

Thadhani also will present "Preeclampsia: From Science to Medicine" at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23, in room G451-04 in the Arthur Guyton Research Center.

The seminar is presented by the Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center. For more information about either presentation, call Monica Watkins at 5-1264. 

McCormack to give biomedical science talk

McCormackDr. Wayne T. McCormack, associate professor of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine, president of the Team-based Learning Collaborative and director of the Clinical and Translational Science Pre-doctoral Training Program at the University of Florida College of Medicine, will present "Turning Biomedical Science Teaching into Scholarship?" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in room 6A (N617) in the School of Medicine.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640. 

Otolaryngology to offer oral cancer screenings

oral cancer screeningThe Department of Otolaryngology and the Division of Oral Oncology will offer free screenings for oral cancer from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, in the UMMC Cancer Clinic at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

The screenings take approximately 10 minutes. ACT Center staff also will be on hand to promote tobacco cessation.

Appointments and walk-ins will be accepted. For more information or to make an appointment, call 4-5162.    

Ceremony of Thanksgiving to honor donors

Medical Center representatives will give thanks for those who have given their bodies to UMMC for research and student education during a ceremony at noon on Wednesday, April 23, in the Medical Center Cemetery.  (Click for map)

The gathering will honor anatomical donors, some of whose remains are buried in the cemetery. A reception will follow in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. In case of rain, the Ceremony of Thanksgiving will move to the student union. The cemetery is located on the east side of campus between St. Dominic Hospital and the G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The Anatomical Gift Program is administered by and located in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences. It receives bodies donated by those who complete authorization forms that satisfy legal requirements for such gifts.

Each year, hundreds of cadavers are needed for teaching medical, dental and health-related professions students, and that's made possible by generous donors and their families.

For more information about taking part in the gift program, call 4-1649.   

Schwartz Rounds focus: colleague's demise

Dr. Rick Boyte, professor of pediatrics and director of pediatric pain and palliative medicine, and Doris Whitaker, chaplain, will facilitate the Schwartz Center Rounds presentation, "Coping When a Colleague Dies," from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

Scheduled panelists include Grace Applewhite, patient transfer nurse, Michelle Chambers, child life specialist, and Jane Free, nurse in Employee/Student Health.

Participants will discuss situations arising from the death of a coworker and ways to cope. Lunch will be provided on a first-come basis. For more information, call Dr. Elizabeth Franklin at 5-5141 or email her at

Create a poster, take a pledge, make your mark

Handwashing artInfection Control invites all Medical Center clinical and nonclinical departments, units and floors to participate in a poster contest as part of a hand hygiene event scheduled from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, in the University Hospital connector and in the lobby of Batson Children's Hospital.

Posters should include the theme of the event, "Commit to Hand Hygiene," and should be of regular size. A pizza party will be awarded to the group that submits the winning poster. The deadline for entry is 8 a.m. April 30.

Participants in the Commit to Hand Hygiene campaign will have the opportunity to "make their mark" on a wall-sized "contract" by dipping their hand in paint, placing their palms on the paper and signing their name to the "hand hygiene pledge." Refreshments and giveaways also will be included.

The event will culminate with a special presentation by Infection Control representatives at 11 a.m. in the University Hospital location and at noon at the Batson Children's Hospital location.

For more information about the poster contest or the Commit to Hand Hygiene campaign, call 4-2188.

‘Run for the Roses’ to benefit Transplant Guild

Day Derby 2014The fifth annual Day at the Derby to benefit the University Transplant Guild is scheduled from 4:30-9 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the South Warehouse at 627 E. Silas Brown St. in downtown Jackson.

The dressy and colorful adults-only event will include food, drink, a silent auction, a drawdown, Derby viewing and dancing to music provided by the Faze4 Band.

The University Transplant Guild helps fill the needs of transplant and LVAD patients not covered by insurance or payer sources. With funds from the 2013 Day at the Derby event, the guild purchased robes for all newly transplanted heart, kidney, liver and pancreas patients and living kidney donors.

The guild also has purchased a laptop for patient use and healthy cookbooks for patients to use at home after discharge and has assisted with travel expenses and medications for transplant patients.

Tickets cost $75 each. A $250 supporter package includes a pair of tickets, reserved parking and seating, program recognition and other perks. Drawdown tickets cost $25 each and T-shirts cost $10 each.

For more information, call Jenny Humphries at 4-5078.

Cook, Giesecke, Zipperer-Davis to give talks

Cook_Giesecke_Zip_DavisKevin Cook, CEO of University Hospitals and Health System, Guy Giesecke, CEO of Batson Children's Hospital, and Pamela Zipperer-Davis, chief ambulatory officer, will present a series of half-hour Motivating, Achieving and Progressing (MAP) Meetings for UHHS employees in May.

Employees in attendance at one of the first four meetings will be eligible to win complimentary tickets to "UMMC Night" at the Mississippi Braves Southern League baseball game Thursday, May 15, at Trustmark Park in Pearl.

Scheduled MAP Meeting times, dates and places include:

* 3:30-4 a.m. Monday, May 5, in room S123;

* 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, in room R354 (upper amphitheatre);

* 3:30-4 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, in room S123;

* 11-11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 8, in room R354 (upper amphitheatre);

* 1:30-2 p.m. Thursday, May 22, in meeting room 3536 on the third floor of the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and

* 3-3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at the Central Billing Office.

For more information about the MAP Meetings, call Dr. Tonya Moore at 4-4104.

Food, blessing, baseball highlight appreciation

To coincide with a national recognition of hospitals, Medical Center leadership has planned several events as part of an "Employee Recognition Week" May 12-16.

Scheduled activities include visits by gourmet food trucks, free hot dog lunches, a contest to trade parking places with an administrator, and a night out at the Mississippi Braves.

On the schedule so far:

* Gourmet food trucks will line up alongside the Arthur C. Guyton Research Center courtyard area from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Monday, May 12, to offer items for sale, including hamburgers, tacos, steak or chicken sandwiches, cookies and iced tea.

* A free hot dog lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, at either the School of Nursing/School of Medicine walkway area, the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants courtyard, or the University Physicians Pavilion. Separate hot dog events will be offered during the week at off-campus locations and for evening staff.

* Pastoral Services staff will offer a "Blessing of the Hands" at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 14, in the University Hospital chapel. The employee assistance program Lifesynch also will present a webinar on combating stress from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday.

* UMMC Night at the Mississippi Braves, with specially priced tickets available to employees, is scheduled for Thursday, May 15.

* The 2500 Club Toastmasters will give a grand finale presentation on Friday, May 16.

As part of the celebration, employees who park at Veterans Memorial Stadium may enter a contest to win the right to park for a week in coveted on-campus slots used by Medical Center administrators and directors.

Entries are being accepted at the guest services desk in the University Hospital lobby; entries also can be emailed with "trading spaces" in the subject line to Employees should include their employee number, extension number, department and shift in the email, which must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7.

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