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Graham among SOD grads to receive honors

Elise Graham receives the Dean's Scholastic Achievement Award from Dr. Gary Reeves, dean of the School of Dentistry, during the school's Senior Honors Convocation and Banquet May 18 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. The award is presented by the Dental Alumni Chapter of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association to a senior student based on academic and clinical achievement, including the highest cumulative academic average for the first three years of dental school.  (Enlarge Image)

UMHC reaches out to smartphones

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 A new University of Mississippi Health Care mobile website, a version of the standard site that has been optimized for viewing on any smartphone, provides information about how to navigate the UMHC system for on-campus and off-campus patients, visitors and employees.

To visit the UMHC mobile site, go to from any smartphone. For more information, contact

Cafeteria corridor renovations to begin May 29

CafeteriaRenovations to the Main Cafeteria corridor are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 29. Stage 1 will begin at the east end corridor adjacent to the Addie McBryde Building and will take 6-8 weeks to complete.  (Enlarge Image)

As the corridor work proceeds, temporary corridors will be built to maintain access to the Concourse and to the McBryde Building. Signs will be posted to help navigate the construction area.

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Residents’ poster draws ACR recognition

Dr. Christina Marks and Dr. Scott Long, radiology residents, received a Best Poster Presentation Award in the category of Quality and Safety April 21 at the American College of Radiology’s Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
The poster, “It Can be Done: An Effective and Organized Cardiac MR Imaging Workflow,” chronicles how the radiology department has developed a new interdisciplinary cardiac imaging program with operational systems bridging multiple technological, infrastructural and budgetary constraints.

Loggers unite to aid Children’s Hospital

Cecil Johnson, second from right, executive director of the Mississippi Logging Association, and Stacy Benefield, right, assistant director of the MLA, present a $65,000 donation for Batson Children’s Hospital to Terri Gillespie, chief nursing officer, and Guy Giesecke, CEO, last week.

The donation is the result of a year-long fundraising campaign from loggers throughout Mississippi. MLA members donated proceeds from log loads sold and hosted auctions at the organization’s annual convention to raise funds for the hospital.


Campus Police releases April crime stats

HandcuffsCampus Police reported 13 larceny thefts, one simple assault, one burglary and five arrests, including three for larceny thefts, one for a drug violation and one for disorderly conduct, in January. To report crime on campus, call Campus Police at 5-3072.


UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

35 Years

* Ron Horne, construction director in Physical Facilities

* N. P. Hyatt, manager in the Accounting Department

25 Years

* Celeste Eason, executive assistant in the Vice Chancellor’s Office

* Rosie Evans, business operations manager for University Physicians

* Christine Goff, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Terry Jones, general clerk in Adult Nursing Administration

* Dan McInnis, manager of Printing

* Robert Mize, grounds supervisor in Environmental Services

* Dr. William Woodall, professor of physical therapy

20 Years

* Dr. Tami Brooks, assistant professor of pediatrics

* Marcia Gates, nurse in the Apheresis Lab

* Aleta Guthrie, data supervisor in Trauma Management

* Tulawna Slaughter, ambulatory nurse in Pre-anesthesia Testing

15 Years

* Jennell Bass, anesthesia technician in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Grace Davis, technician in Environmental Services

* Ronald Evans, refrigeration mechanic in Building Maintenance

* Kimberly Fleming, ambulatory nurse in the Maternal Fetal Clinic

* Tyrone Gibson, associate support analyst in Information Systems 

* Michael Hodges, nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Laura Kelly, care coordinator nurse in Pediatric Cardiovascular

* Amy King, coordinator in Pediatric Clinic Research

* Deborah Rimes, inpatient nurse in 2 MICU

* Donna Singleton, business operations supervisor in Alumni Activities

* Dianne Tims, technician in Environmental Services

* Susan Walters, medical technologist in the Adult Hematology Lab

10 Years

* Melanie Andrews, nurse in University Hospital

* Latricia Bailey, patient care technician in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Anita Bell, nurse in the Wiser Hospital

* Deborah Caldwell, ambulatory operations manager for University Physicians

* Joanne Davis, business operations supervisor in Psychiatry

* Charles Douglas, sergeant in Campus Police

* Stephana Dunn, surgical tech in the Wiser Hospital

* Amanda Gandy, nurse in University Hospital

* Milton Lewis, foreman in Printing

* April McIlwain, nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Sue Meng, social worker in Coordinated Care

* Jeffrey Polk, nurse in 2 MICU

* Dr. Marcia Rachel, professor of nursing

* April Sanchez, radiologic technologist in University Hospital

* Dianne Shoemaker, buyer in Purchasing

* Petrina Smith, nurse in Antimicrobial Services

* Candise Walker, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Christine Warren, unit secretary in the Wiser Hospital

* Dorothy Watkins, administrative assistant in Continuing Health Professional Education

* Dr. Licy Cardozo Yanes, house officer in Medicine

* Jacqueline Young, nurse in University Hospital

5 Years

* Marguerite, Baker, ECMO specialist in Pediatrics

* Doris Banks, ambulatory coder for University Physicians

* Shawn Blackwell, surgical tech in the Surgical Suite

* Marcia Bradshaw, LPN in the Batson Community Clinic

* Shannon Brown, shift supervisor in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Tashema Brown, pharmacy tech in the Pharmacy

* Tyniki Brown, inpatient nurse in Wiser Hospital

* Kimberly Burley, senior analyst in Information Systems

* Richard Calcote, respiratory therapist in Respiratory Therapy

* Kari Cole, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Florence Cooper, nurse educator in the Surgical Suite

* Timothy Cooper, transport nurse in University Hospital 

* Charles Darby, painter in Building Maintenance

* Jamie Davidson, nursing shift supervisor in Home Dialysis

* Mary Dearman, business operations manager in Home Dialysis

* Jeremy Dinning, analyst/programmer for University Physicians

* Emily Dixon, nurse educator in Home Dialysis

* Priti Dubey, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Jessica Eglin, administrative assistant in Pediatrics

* Carolyn Garner, ambulatory nurse in Pediatric Cardiology

* Amanda Gentry, coordinator in Performance Improvement

* Dr. Angela Graeber, assistant professor of radiology

* Jennifer Jones, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Ronnie Killingsworth, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Gretchen Lee, ambulatory nurse in Obstetrics and Gynecology

* Wendy Luckett, ambulatory coder for University Physicians

* John Martin, associate systems administrator in Information Systems

* Tara Martinez, inpatient nurse in Wiser Hospital

* Shamekia Mayweather, administrative assistant in Medical Staff Services

* Mary McAlpin, inpatient nurse in the Neuroscience ICU

* Irene McCraw, project manager in Family Medicine

* Barbara Mills, inpatient nurse in the Surgical ICU

* Yolanda Moore, inpatient nurse in Obstetric Receiving

* Kimberly Nelson, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Tina Papp, medical office assistant for University Physicians

* James Patton, inpatient nurse in the Surgical Suite

* Jenny Phillipson, nurse for University Physicians

* Shemina Ransom, transport nurse in University Hospital

* Sylvia Richardson, health information services technician for University Physicians

* Tara Rushing, child life specialist in Child Life Specialty

* Lyndi Ryan, nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Tabitha Sampson, general clerk in Pediatric Endocrinology

* Rhonda Signaigo, business operations manager in Pediatric Neurology

* Elizabeth Smith, patient care technician in Wiser Hospital

* James Smith, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Lisa Smith, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Yvonne Stephenson, administrative assistant in Medicine

* Melissa Taylor, nurse in Wiser Hospital

* Candace Thibodeaux, patient services coordinator in Neurology

* Tammie Tillman, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Carrie Truesdell, nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* April Williams, health information services technician for University Physicians

* Brian Wood, pharmacist in the Pharmacy


Harris, Giesecke to host MAP meetings

harris_giesecke 2Janet Y. Harris, interim CEO of UHHS, and Guy B. Giesecke, CEO of Batson Children's Hospital, will host a series of Motivating, Achieving and Progessing (MAP) meetings for UMHC employees from 3:30-4 a.m. on Monday, May 21, in room S123; from 2-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, in room R354; from 3:30-4 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, in room S123; from 2-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, in room R354; from 3-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, in the community room of the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and from 2-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, in the CBO Building in Clinton

For more information, call Tonya Moore at 4-4104.

Tao to present neurobiology seminar

TaoDr. Yuan-Xiang Tao, professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will present "AMPA Receptor Trafficking in Inflammatory Pain" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

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.

Jacob to give Hearin Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Howard Jacob, Warren P. Knowles Chair of Genetics, director of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center, vice chair of research in the Department of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and professor of physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, will give the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "Benchside to Bedside - Applying Genomic Sequencing," from noon-12:50 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be provided on a first-come basis by the Hearin Foundation. For more information, call Margie West at 5-5000.

Kent to present Hardy forum, lecture

Kent_CraigDr. K. Craig Kent, A. R. Curreri Professor of Surgery, chairman of surgery and professor of vascular surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, will speak at the James D. Hardy Surgical Forum and Lecture on Wednesday, May 30, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Kent will present "Evolution in the Treatment of Vascular Disease . . . A Case Study of How Quickly Medicine Can Change," at 8 a.m. and will give the James D. Hardy Lecture, "Research in Surgery is Alive and Well," at 4 p.m.

Case presentations are scheduled for 9 a.m. and chief resident papers are scheduled for 1 p.m. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Cheryl Dunson at 5-1226.

Vasconez to give Hendrix Lecture

VasconezDr. Henry C. Vasconez, chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, will give the James Harvey Hendrix Jr. Lectureship in Surgery, "The Journey of Surgical Innovations: Crossroads of Art and Science," at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 22, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, call Theressa White at 4-5084.

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