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Ceremony expresses thanks for body donors

Brock Banks, a member of the School of Medicine Class of 2017, tells family and friends of anatomical donors how much the gift of donating one's body means to the education of future health-care professionals during the annual Ceremony of Thanksgiving in Memory of Anatomical Donors April 23 in the UMMC Cemetery.

Banks was one of four students who spoke to a crowd of approximately 500 family members, friends, faculty and students. In addition to the School of Medicine, students in the School of Dentistry and in the School of Health Related Professions' Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Programs use donated bodies in their anatomy classes.

Posters display SHRP discoveries in research

Ashley Brown, Medical Laboratory Science student, explains her presentation, "An Overview of Abnormal Urine Color," to event judge Susan Duett during the School of Health Related Professions Research Day poster display April 25 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union gymnasium.  

Otolaryngology, oral oncology offer screenings

Dr. Lana Jackson, associate professor of otolaryngology and communicative science, screens Bettye Lovelady of Clinton for oral cancer April 23 at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

The Department of Otolaryngology and the Division of Oral Oncology sponsored the free screenings, and University Cancer Care doctors and dentists examined 53 people during the event. The ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research also offered smoking cessation information.

Those screened were encouraged to have routine follow-up visits with their primary care physicians or dentists. Four were referred to an ENT surgeon or oral surgeon and 16 were referred to the ACT Center.

To find out more about oral cancer, visit

Conference briefs congressmen on telehealth

Dr. Kristi Henderson explains how the bluetooth stethoscope works to, from left, former Sen. Trent Lott, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Gregg Harper and Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, during a UMMC Telehealth press conference April 22 at the Medical Center. The trio of former and current congressional officials was on hand to learn more about UMMC's extensive activities in telehealth and how federal policymakers can support such efforts.

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

35 Years

* Dr. Karen Carney, professor of dentistry (care planning and restorative sciences)

25 Years

* Carol Landwirth, ambulatory nurse, School of Medicine (hematology)

* Theressa White, education administrator, School of Medicine (surgery)

20 Years

* Patricia Henderson, diagnostic sonography supervisor, Pediatric Echocardiogram

15 Years

* Dr. Felix Adah, professor of physical therapy

* Dr. Min Huang, professor of physical therapy

* Tammy Jones, health information services technician, Holmes County Hospital

10 Years

* Matthew Olsen, director of ocular imaging, Lakeland Ophthalmology

* Lucian Price, assistant investigator/training officer, Campus Police

* Jennifer Skirtech, clinical research nurse, School of Medicine (Geriatrics)

* Natasha Slocum, inventory and supply technician, Patient Equipment

5 Years

* Casey Bridges, technician, Nuclear Medicine

* James Butler, end-user compliance specialist, Information Systems

* Kimberly Cody, nurse, Select Heart Clinic

* Dr. Antonio Pannuti, assistant professor of medicine (biochemistry), UMMC Cancer Institute

* Dr. Michael Torchinsky, associate professor of pediatrics (endocrinology)

* Dena Wells, nurse, Newborn Nursery

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

Behavioral expert to talk drug-seeking relapse

ShahamDr. Yavin Shaham, branch chief of the Behavioral Neuroscience Branch, section chief of the Neurobiology of Relapse Section and senior investigator at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Research Program, Baltimore, Md., will present "Context-induced Relapse to Drug Seeking: Behavioral and Neuronal Mechanisms," from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, in room G151 in the Guyton Library.

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. 

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 main hallway of University Hospital and the first-floor walkway 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. on 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 or visit

Hospital leaders to present quarterly MAP 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.

Seminar to boost stroke symptom awareness

UMMC strokeA free public seminar, part of a national recognition of stroke awareness, will offer compelling information on how to recognize and reduce the risk of a stroke at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Speakers will include Dr. Rebecca Sugg, Stroke Center director, who will provide information on risk factors and prevention, and Paul Robertson, registered dietitian, who will offer pointers on foods and snacks that are heart- and brain-healthy. Both will lead a question-and-answer session at the conclusion of the seminar.

"The reality is that we are in the 'Stroke Belt,' and we have a lot of strokes," said Neal Kiihnl, stroke program manager at the Stroke Center. "We want to emphasize in this program knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke, and that people need to call 911 if they suspect that's happening."

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Bo Lewis at (601) 915-6110 or email

Research office to host employee workshop

workshopThe Office of Research will host a "Hiring and Managing Employees: Grants and Contracts" workshop from 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, May 14, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

The workshop will provide information on UMMC hiring practices, best practices in employee management and conflict resolution. The focus will be on hiring and managing employees paid through external grants and contracts.

UMMC faculty, staff and students who have never hired or managed employees or those who wish to have a refresher course in managing employees are invited. For more information or to register, email Cari Fowler at

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, "Riding the Wave into Our Future," 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.  (Click to visit hospital week site)

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. Employees must present their UMMC identification badges to participate. 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.

In keeping with the theme, employees are encouraged to wear a tropical or Hawaiian shirt on the day of their respective department's hot dog meal, with approval by their respective managers.

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.

Patient safety experts to weigh in at summit

MECDNP logoThe Medical Center and the Mississippi Educational Consortium for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (MECDNP) will sponsor the Mississippi Health Care Symposium on Patient Safety, "Roadmap Towards Ending Health Disparities," Tuesday, June 3, at Millsaps College.

Amber Arnold, UMMC's patient safety officer, is scheduled to speak, along with a number of nationally recognized leaders in patient safety, including conference co-moderators Deborah Washington of Massachusetts General Hospital; Patricia Sokol of the American Medical Association; Beccah Rothschild, senior outreach leader; Rosemary Gibson and Dave deBronkart, authors; and Linda Kenney, Medically Induced Trauma Support Services founder.

For more information, e-mail Cheryl Hamill at

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