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Emergency teams aid in tornadoes' aftermath

Tornados that ripped through the state on April 28 put UMMC’s emergency responders, care providers and medical equipment into action to help fellow Mississippians in need.

After monitoring weather for more than 24 hours, a team of medical and emergency professionals, part of a statewide network coordinated from the Medical Center, stood ready when a storm cell blasted through Tupelo that afternoon.

“We were ready to go with assets and a team at Baptist Memorial in Oxford. Local responders were able to handle it and didn’t need us,” said Jonathan Wilson, UMMC director of emergency services. “In any disaster, our goal is to support our state’s population by coordinating with the State Department of Health and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.”

To read more click here.

SEC: physiology chair conference's top prof

Dr. John Hall, professor and chair of physiology and biophysics and director of the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research, accepts the 2014 Southeastern Conference Professor of the Year Award during a news conference April 30 in the board room of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning.

Each year, all 14 member institutions of the SEC nominate one faculty member for the award. Hall won the award as the nominee from the University of Mississippi.

He is the third recipient of the award, and first from the medical sciences. Click here for the full release announcing him as the winner.

O'Mara appointed clinical affairs associate VC

O_Mara_VCDr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, has announced the appointment of Dr. Charles S. O'Mara as associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs effective May 1. 

Since August 2013, O'Mara has served as a special advisor to Keeton, after a long and distinguished career as a vascular surgeon and leader in the private medical community in Jackson.  

In his new role, O'Mara will report to Keeton and will closely coordinate with UMMC's clinical leaders in charting the strategic direction of the clinical enterprise. An important focus will be continuing to implement and strengthen systems devoted to patient safety and clinical quality.

Southern Remedy to discuss HIV in Mississippi

southern remedyDr. Rick deShazo, professor of medicine and host of the Southern Remedy TV show, will explore the science behind the dramatic HIV infection rates with medical experts and state public officials on the television special, "Southern Remedy: HIV in Mississippi," at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 5, on MPB TV.

Co-host Melissa Faith Payne will moderate a panel discussion of Mississippians talking about living with HIV. The show features local community groups and church leaders who are trying to tackle this public health crisis.

To view a promo for the show, visit

Marston symposium to explore race relations

DittmerThe renowned historian who documented the struggle of black physicians for social justice in health care will be the keynote speaker at a daylong symposium on race relations within the medical community at UMMC on Friday, June 20.

John Dittmer, author of "The Good Doctors" and "Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi," will be the luncheon speaker at the first Robert Q. Marston Symposium on Race and Medicine.  Marston was the UMMC vice chancellor during Freedom Summer and led the integration of the Medical Center the following year.

The title of the event asks the question, "Fifty Years After Freedom Summer, Have Physicians Healed Themselves?"  A number of invited speakers will revisit those difficult days when black physicians held second-class status and assess the extent to which the divisions of that period have been resolved.

The afternoon session will involve facilitated discussions led by the staff of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi. Gov. Winter will be present for the event, which will be in the Student Union conference area.

The registration fee is waived for UMMC faculty, residents and students, but attendees are asked to register for planning purposes. Continuing education credits are available.

To register, visit and click on CME Events.  Then click on Live Events and search for the event by date.

Top medicine graduates lauded at Honors Day

Senior medical student Micah Walker and his daughter, Emery Clair, join in the excitement as Walker receives the Dr. and Mrs. Henry O. Leonard Scholarship during the School of Medicine's 53rd annual Honors Day May 2 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.
The scholarship is presented to a student who is planning a career in family medicine. Walker also received a Department of Surgery Medical Scholars Program Award.

For a full list of award recipients click here.

Nursing school notes perfection at Honors Day

Senior nursing students, from left, Taylor Elliott, Katie Lee Lloyd and Kyle Parker receive the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average during the School of Nursing's Honors Day event May 2 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.
For a full list of award recipients, click here.

Graduate Studies awardees feted at Honors Day

Kasi McPherson, center, a graduate student in pharmacology, receives the 2014 Pharmacology Award from Dr. Robert Kramer, left, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, and Dr. Joey Granger, dean of the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, during the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences Honors Day May 1 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

For a full list of award recipients, click here.

Tipnis receives first endowed peds gastro chair

At a recent event announcing completed funding of the Paul H. Parker Chair of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Dr. Jimmy Keeton, left, vice chancellor for health affairs, presents medals to Dr. Paul Parker, right, professor emeritus of pediatrics, and to Dr. Neelesh Tipnis, associate professor of pediatric gastroenterology, division chief and first holder of the chair.

To find out more about the newly endowed chair, visit here.

Palm prints, posters promote hygiene pledges

Lori Oxley, nurse manager on 4 Children's, stamps her palm print on a banner after signing a Hand Hygiene Pledge during the Department of Infection Control's Hand Hygiene Awareness Event April 30 in the lobby of Batson Children's Hospital.

The Bone Marrow Transplant Unit won first place in the adult division and 3 Children's received first prize in the children's division of the event's hand-hygiene poster contest. Both units will receive a pizza party and cafeteria coupons.

SHRP’s leading researchers earn top awards

The top research projects in the School of Health Related Professions were recognized at the conclusion of the annual SHRP Research Day event April 25 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

More than 300 students in SHRP programs competed for the school's Research Affairs Committee Research Student Awards for 2013-14 in seven different categories. Winners included:

* Iesha Bridges, Madison Gartman, McKenzie Lott, Courtney Shankle and Mallory Smith, who received first place in the Outstanding Health Awareness Award category;

* Amanda Brewer and Brooke Tackett, who received first place in the Outstanding Clinic Table Award category;

*Jessica Sikes and Ally Deaton, who tied with Chakiras S. Alexander for first place in the Outstanding Clinical Diagnostics Award category;

* Gerri Wilson, who received first place in the Outstanding Clinical Health Sciences Graduate Award category;

*Douglas Hohman, Dorothea Waltz, Sarah Kirby, William Langley, George Stuart and Kellye Reeves, who tied with Matthew Armstrong, Christopher Jackson, Spencer Johnson, John Robinson, Heather Suber and Zhang Liping for first place in the Outstanding Patient Rehabilitation Award category;

* Courtland Brown, who received first place in the Outstanding Base Pair Award category; and

* Joe Duff, who received first place in the Medical/Resident Research/Fellow Outstanding Award category.                  


AWHONN names Rowzee ‘Emerging Leader’

K_RowzeeKim Rowzee, nurse manager in the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants' Ante Partum Unit, has been selected by the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) as one of 10 members of its 2014 class of emerging leaders.

Funded by a one-year educational grant from the Johnson and Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future, the Emerging Leaders Program has engaged nurses in a formal, year-long leadership training program since 2007.

Rowzee was selected based on her skills, experience and enthusiasm for women's health and perinatal nursing.

Program activities will include guidance from mentors, networking events, meetings with members of Congress and their staffs, multiple continuing education opportunities and other experiential training to build confidence and leadership skills.

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

10 Years

* Vicki Burns, billing specialist, Charge Entry

* Melanie Robertson, business operations manager, Pediatric Cardiology

* Beverly Spicer, nurse practitioner, Adult Clinical Support

5 Years

* Donna Carpenter, inpatient nurse, Adult Chest Pain Unit

* Dr. Lewis Chen, associate professor of otolaryngology and communicative science

* April Ellis, telephone operator, Information Systems

* Miranda Evans, unit secretary, 4 North

* Ericalatasha Gates, administrative assistant, School of Nursing

* Charles Gray, diagnostic sonographer, Pavilion Cardiology

* Kimberly Harris, buyer, Purchasing

* Jenny Newman, psychometrist, School of Medicine (Geriatrics)

* Paul Robertson, dietitian, University Hospital

* Tina Smith, LPN, 4 South

* Freda Turpeau, executive assistant, Cancer Institute

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:

* 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

Sugg_RebeccaA 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

Williams to discuss faculty career development

WilliamsDr. Valerie Williams, vice provost for academic affairs and faculty development at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, will give the Faculty Scholarship Exchange seminar, "Individual Faculty Career Development Plans," at noon on Thursday, May 8, on classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

Lunch will be available to the first 75 in attendance. For more information, call Jessica Hope Green Overby at 4-2810.

McDonald House to host Red Shoe 5K run/walk

red shoeThe Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mississippi will host the organization's first Red Shoe 5K Run/Walk to help provide a "home away from home" for families with critically ill children being treated in Jackson-area hospitals on Saturday, May 17, at the northwest corner of the UMMC campus.

The event will include the 5K run/walk, a Corporation Kids fun run, and a drawing for a Wyatt Waters painting. Awards will be presented to the top men and women runners and top three places in differing age divisions.

Registration for the 5K costs $25 before the race or $30 on the day of the race. Corporation Kids Fun Run registration costs $15 before the race or $20 on the day of the race. All participants will receive a Wyatt Waters T-shirt.

Registration is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. with a race warm-up scheduled for 7:45 a.m. The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and the fun run will begin at 9 a.m.

The deadline for preregistration is Monday, May 12. For more information, email

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