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Pediatrician recognized for outstanding quality

Dr. Rick Boyte, center, professor of pediatrics, receives the Q Award from Dr. Bill Cleland, left, professor of ob-gyn, and Dr. Mike Baumann, professor of medicine, during the Batson Children's Hospital leadership meeting April 4. Boyte was nominated for the award by a nurse educator who described him as "a staunch defender of the defenseless."

"He makes sure every day that our children, who do not always have a parent here to protect them, are given the best possible care," wrote Linda Hill on 2C. "He talks to each one of our palliative care children with the utmost respect and gives them all his undivided attention as if they were the most important people in the world. I believe they are to him.

"He seems to have a never-ending supply of patience and love for all of his patients."

The Q Award is presented quarterly by Quality Administration to a Medical Center physician who promotes quality and improves patient safety.

Epilepsy Foundation recognizes UMMC staff

The Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi presented a “Heroes Among Us” award to UMMC’s Division of Pediatric Neurology March 29 at Circa in Fondren. The award honors those who have helped improve the lives of people with epilepsy. The foundation also presented its Dr. Bruce Parks Award to Teresa Hill, UMMC nurse practitioner, at the event.


UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years 

 * Iola Bilbrew, ambulatory nurse in Ambulatory Surgery

 * Arleshia Trigg, patient services coordinator for University Physicians

15 Years

* Donald Brogan, printing machine operator in Printing

* Lori Clark, registered nurse in the Surgical Suite 

* Laura Distefano, clinical applications administrator in Information Systems

* Sandra Lard, central services specialist in Materials Management 

* Cynthia Mitchell, administrative assistant in Obstetrics and Gynecology

10 Years

* Laura Coleman, pharmacist in the Pharmacy

* Brooke Jones, ambulatory nurse in the Batson Community Clinic

* Lee Sanders, maintenance technician in the Power Plant 

5 Years

  * Jason Baldridge, property assistance in Property Control  

* Linda Davis, medical technologist in the After Hours Lab

* Grace Smith, patient care technician in University Hospital

* Mary Stimage, patient care technician in University Hospital  

Murray to give pharmacology presentation

 murray_davidDr. David Murray, assistant professor of pharmacology and research assistant professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Mississippi, will present "The Role of Arachidonic Acid Metabolites in Preventing Cardiac Remodeling" at noon on Monday, April 9, in room CW 106 of the Classroom Wing. For more information, call Pamela Banks at 4-1690.


Dental white coat ceremony held

Dr. Gary Reeves, right, interim dean of the School of Dentistry, looks on while Dr. Tracy Dellinger places a white coat on second-year student Karla Haik during the Class of 2014 American College of Dentists White Coat Ceremony March 30 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. The white coat signifies the students' transition to providing care to patients.

UMMC to simulcast TEDMED conference

logo_tedmedTEDMED 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.

Participants 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. A TEDMED mobile app, “TEDMEDConnect,” is now available for download from the Apple Store and Android Market.

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


Pediatric Interest Group presents check

Members of the Pediatric Interest Group (PIG) presented a check to Drs. Rick Barr and Will Sorey (center) for over $2,500 from money raised during the 2012 Annual PIG Roast. Second-year students included, from left, Brannan Phillips, Mary Anne Perez, Joan Dickerson, Ashley Wells, Victoria Phillips, Ashley Meekin and Nicole Carden.

Sub-council seeks spirited videos

 logo_hospitalweekThe 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 into 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.

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.


First Lady of MS visits Children's Hospital

Mississippi’s First Lady Deborah Bryant poses for a photograph with Jerrica Nailer, left, of Cleveland during her visit to Batson Children’s Hospital April 6. Bryant went room-to-room providing gift bags and smiles for Batson patients.

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.

Guyton to present Freeland lecture

 guyton_gregoryDr. 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.

Case receives student service award

Case_stephenDr. Steven Case, associate dean for admissions in the School of Medicine, was presented the Robert "Bob" Sabalis Award for Exemplary Service by the Southern Group on Student Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges at the group’s spring meeting recently in Clearwater, Fla. The award is given for “significant and sustained leadership, expertise, and creativity in addressing issues of importance to the SGSA." 


Ceremony of Thanksgiving set

The Medical Center family is invited to attend the Ceremony of Thanksgiving at noon on Wednesday, April 25 in the Medical Center Cemetery. The Ceremony of Thanksgiving honors the institution’s anatomical donors, those individuals who gave their bodies to the Medical Center for health professional education and research. A reception will follow the ceremony in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. Shuttle service to the ceremony will be available in front of the School of Dentistry. For more information send an email to

Anderson awarded oral-maxillofacial surgery and pathology scholarship

Benjamin Anderson, DDS (front row, left) has been selected as the first recipient of the Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology scholarship.  Dr. Anderson is currently attending the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. 

The scholarship was established and funded this year by the faculty of the Department of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry.  It is awarded to deserving members of the Department’s six year residency program to defray the expenses of medical education.

Presenting the award is Dr. Harry Precheur, department chairman.  Also pictured are (back row, from left) Drs. Ron Caloss, Leticia Ferreira, Stone Thayer and Sigurds Krolls.  


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