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Event lauds anatomical donors’ contributions

Clarence Holmes, a first-year physical therapy student, tells family members of anatomical donors how much their loved ones have enhanced the education of future health-care professionals during the Medical Center’s annual Ceremony of Thanksgiving in Memory of Anatomical Donors April 25 at the UMMC Cemetery. Three other students spoke and the UMMC Choir performed during the solemn service.  About 500 people, including many students, attended the event and a reception that followed.


EM society taps emergency med professor

Alan Jones Em Med

 Dr. Alan Jones, professor of emergency medicine, has been elected 2012-13 president-elect of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Jones will attend the organization’s leader orientation and town hall forum May 8 in Chicago.

SAEM, the premier organization for high-quality research and educational innovation in emergency care, is dedicated to the improvement of care of the acutely ill and injured patient by improving research and education.

Formed in 1989, the organization’s mission is to lead the advancement of emergency care through education and research, advocacy and professional development in academic emergency medicine. 


AHA recognizes cardiologists’ performance

Earl Coleman of the American Heart Association, right, presents a 2011 ACTION Registry Get with the Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award to Dr. Michael Winniford, center, professor of medicine, and Dr. Robert Long, assistant professor of medicine, during the monthly UHHS leadership meeting April 26.

Winniford and Long also received a 2011 Gold Achievement Get with the Guidelines – Heart Failure Award from the AHA.

The awards recognized sustained performance measures in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction patients through implementation of ACTION Registry Get with the Guidelines and in-hospital initiation of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association’s Clinical Guideline recommendations.


Stroke team earns Gold Plus achievement

University Comprehensive Stroke Center staff, from left, Cori Bitner, Emergency Department, Debra Walters, 4 South, Harry Childs, URC, Brandi Nestes, NSICU, and Barbara Wright, URC, proudly display the 2012 Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award from March 2012 – March 2013 they received from the American Heart Association April 26 during the monthly UHHS leadership meeting.

UMHC and the Stroke Center received the award for their commitment to providing stroke patients with rapid diagnosis and treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.


UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

5 Years

* Diedre Hobson, food preparation specialist in Patient Food Services

* Qushena Reece, pharmacy technician in Pharmacy


Initial lean class receives certification

Members of the first UHHS Operational Excellence class, from left, Donna Schaferkotter, Cindye Fava, Sha Poyadou, Joscelyn Hollowell, Cissy Bailey and Jennifer Hargett, show off the Certificate of Achievement they received for completing initial lean initiative training designed to decrease waste and improve quality.

The group concluded its eight-week session April 25 by giving a formal presentation of lean initiative accomplishments to UHHS leaders.

Operational Excellence leaders are seeking the next round of project participants. For more information about Operational Excellence, call Jennifer Spane at 4-4148 or e-mail her at


SOD honors accomplished alumnus

Dr. Gary Reeves, left, interim dean of the School of Dentistry, and Dr. Carla Webb, president of the Dental Alumni Chapter, visit with Dr. John Smith, center, who was named the 2012 Dental Alumnus of the Year during the School of Dentistry's Alumni and Friends dinner April 20 at the River Hills Club in Jackson.

A member of the school's first graduating class in 1979, Smith has remained involved with the school and its students while maintaining a practice in Forest. He will soon join the school as a full-time faculty member.


Hospital Week activities offer busy slate

Hospital Week

 Some of the activities scheduled to engage Medical Center employees leading into the institution's Hospital Week activities May 7-11 include:

* In appreciation of UMMC employees, the Mississippi Braves minor league baseball team in Pearl is offering discounted tickets at Trustmark Park for the May 10 contest against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Employees may bring their ID badges to the Mississippi Braves ticket office in Pearl to purchase tickets at $5 each. Those who purchase tickets before May 1 will be automatically entered into a drawing to win Mississippi Braves team-autographed baseball.

* During Hospital Week, Team Spirit Awards will be distributed to recognize special co-workers. All permanent full-time and part-time UMMC employees are eligible to receive a the award. All award nominations must be completed on an official Team Spirit Award form. The nominations should explain how the award recipient demonstrates teamwork resulting in excellent patient care and promotes a positive work environment. Completed nominations must be received in the Office of Nursing Excellence by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

* The Quick Care Clinic will host a drawing for a Kindle Fire from Monday-Friday, May 7-11. UMMC employees may register for the drawing at the clinic’s front desk in Suite H of the University Physicians Pavilion by noon on May 11. For more information, call Quick Care at 4-6745. 

For more information about Hospital Week promotions, call Cammie Breedlove at 4-4181 or e-mail or visit

Quiz bowl participants enhance Manning Clinic

Millsaps College students were thinking big when they visited the Eli Manning Clinic recently.

They presented a big screen television to the clinic, purchased with proceeds from their Quiz Bowl competition. The TV will be enjoyed by children receiving daylong infusions of medication for arthritis, lupus and other severe conditions. 

The presentation was made by Marlaina Berch, left, Sara Thornton and Andrew Gargiolo on behalf of Tri-Delta and Lamda Chi.


UP group to offer physicals to school-age athletes


University Sports Medicine will offer free, comprehensive sports physicals administered by orthopedic, cardiac and primary care university physicians for junior high and high school athletes from 8:30 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 5, in the University Physicians Pavilion.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Jeff Martinez at 4-6519 or e-mail him at

CLS staff, students celebrate medical lab pros

Students and faculty members in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program gather for an informal breakfast as part of a national celebration of medical laboratory professionals April 25 at the School of Health Related Professions.

Tom Wiggers, associate professor of Clinical Lab Sciences, said the national observation is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on what he says is a somewhat hidden profession and also an occasion for the students and faculty to get together outside the classroom.

Pictured are, front row from left, Alicia Benjamin, Jacqueline Keys, Jessica Landrum, Lindsay Holden, Anesha Brown, Courtney Levi and Dr. La’Toya Richards, middle row from left, Dr. Felicia Tardy, Reanna Perry, Kristi Hardwick, Candice Hatcher, Tia Walton and Dr. Renee Wilkins, and back row from left, Tom Wiggers, Megan Dillon, Porter Burford, Andrea Tenner, Andrew Harper and Chase Bennett.

Guyton to present Freeland lecture


 Dr. Gregory Guyton, an orthopedic surgeon on faculty at Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Md., and son of the late Dr. Arthur C. Guyton, will present “Brief History of Workers Compensation in Orthopedics” as part of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation's 2012 Alan E. Freeland Research Lecture Series and Resident Research Day at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, in room CW106 in the Classroom Wing.

Following the presentation, chief residents Dr. Austin Barrett, Dr. Patrick Powell, Dr. Bradley Kellum and Dr. Scott Wingerter will present their final research from 8-10 a.m. All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited.

The presentation is sponsored by the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation in conjunction with an educational grant from the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation.

For more information about the event, call Susan Alexander at 4-5153.


Derby day to benefit transplant patients

The University Transplant Guild will host its annual "Day at the Derby" event from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at Providence Hill. Individuals are encouraged to wear colorful ties and hats. All proceeds from the event will benefit transplant patients at UMHC. For more information, call 4-5078 or visit

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