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Southern Halo serenades Batson patients

Three sisters from Cleveland, Miss., members of the singing group Southern Halo, presented more than $25,000 raised at their recent benefit concert to representatives of Friends of Children's Hospital last Wednesday.  During their visit, Christina, Natalia and Hannah Morris performed for patients in the hospital lobby.  Accepting the check from the girls are Jackie Petrus, president of Friends, and Sara Ray, chairman of the Friends board. (Enlarge Photo)

Henderson to present at White House

Henderson_KristiKristi Henderson, associate professor of nursing and Telehealth director, has been invited to be part of a panel discussion, “Health Care Delivery Transformations,” on Wednesday, June 13, at the White House in Washington, D.C. The event is sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Domestic Policy Council. Henderson also is chief advanced practice officer for the Medical Center.

Student clinicians receive humanism honors

Dr. Rebecca Waterer, left, associate professor of medicine, assists third-year-medical student Allison Cruse with her white coat during the Jeanette Pullen Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society's 2012 Student Clinician Ceremony. The June 4 ceremony at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union marks the transition of incoming third-year medical students from the classroom to their clinical years.  

Ob-Gyn faculty welcome Wallace

Wallace_KedraDr. Kedra Wallace has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in obstetrics and gynecology.

After receiving the B.S. in biology from Millsaps College in 2001, Wallace earned the M.S. in pharmacology and toxicology in 2006 and the Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2009 at UMMC.

While at Millsaps, Wallace served as a research assistant in the Department of Endocrinology at the G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center from 2000-01. At UMMC, she has served as a research technician in the Department of Psychiatry from 2001-02, a researcher in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2002-09 and as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2010.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Heart Association, the American Physiological Society and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Wallace has coauthored more than a dozen articles in peer-reviewed publications and more than 40 abstracts. Recipient of the 2012 Horvath Professional Opportunity Award, Wallace has given several presentations at professional events and health-care institutions nationwide.

Alston joins otolaryngology faculty

Josie Alston has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in otolaryngology.  Alston_Josie

After receiving her BS degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Georgia, Athens, in 1995, Alston earned her MA degree at the School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Memphis in 1997.

Alston has served as a speech-language pathologist and voice disorder specialist for more than 15 years at health-care institutions in Georgia and Tennessee, with most of her experience gained at the Vanderbilt Voice Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Alston also has practiced at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., and has worked as a clinical sales regional manager for head and neck cancer medical device products.

Most recently, Alston has owned her own pediatric private practice in Franklin, Tenn., and served as a speech-language pathologist at several hospitals within the St. Thomas Health Services System and Centennial Medical Center in Nashville from 2009-11.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Brenda Davis, respiratory therapist in Respiratory Therapy

* Nancy Morris, IT program manager in Information Systems

 20 Years

* Flora Kency, patient access specialist in Pre Arrival Access

* Dr. Chere Peel, assistant professor of medicine

15 Years

* Deborah Gray, administrative assistant in Care Planning and Restorative Sciences

* Angela Haller, business operations supervisor in the School of Medicine

* Dr. Hua Liu, assistant professor of pediatric gastroenterology

* Amanda Moore, inpatient nurse in Wiser Labor Delivery

* Gray Pace, physical therapist in Physical Therapy

* Paul Page, respiratory therapist in Respiratory Therapy

* Stacy Ross, supervisor in Accounting

* Amanda Thomas, physical therapist in Physical Therapy

10 Years

* Eryn Ford, oncology nurse in Obstetrics and Gynecology

* Dr. James Jordan, professor of otolaryngology and communicative science

* David Kiihnl, manager in Stroke Program Outreach

* Amy Popichak, nursing shift supervisor in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit

* Margaret Sykes, inpatient nurse in the CCH-CICU

5 Years

* Loreitha Butler, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Sarah Conerly-Sham, house officer in Pediatric Medical Education

* Marsha Emerson, ambulatory nurse in Vascular Surgery

* Grace Powell, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Arlene Rhodes, billing specialist for University Physicians

* Jason Ryals, cardiovascular nurse in Adult Cardiac Cath

* Melanie Schade, program administrator for Friends of Children’s Hospital

* Patricia Slaughter, technician in environmental services

Harris, Giesecke to host MAP meeting

Harris and GieseckeJanet Y. Harris, interim CEO of UHHS, and Guy B. Giesecke, CEO of Batson Children's Hospital, will host a Motivating, Achieving and Progressing (MAP) meeting for UMHC employees 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.

Guyton to give Johnson Lecture, mini-series

Guyton_DavidDr. David L. Guyton, Zanvyl Krieger Professor of Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md., will give the Professor Samuel B. Johnson Memorial Lecture, "Changes in Strabismus Over Time - Implications for Management," at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 15, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The presentation is part of the Department of Ophthalmology's Resident Research Day, which also will feature presentations by residents in the department.

Guyton also will give a mini-lecture series, "Optics and Refraction," from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, at 764 Lakeland Drive. Registration is required to attend the mini-lecture series.

For more information or to register, call Sherlene Sullivan at 4-5022.

Vasconez to present 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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