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Welcome reception held for new SHRP dean

Dr. Jessica Bailey, right, dean of the School of Health Related Professions, chats with Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, and Dr. LouAnn Woodward, associate vice chancellor for health affairs, during a welcome reception for Dr. Bailey July 9 at SHRP.

Bailey, also a professor of health informatics and information management, was named dean of the school in May after serving as interim dean for the past year.

Originally from Union, Bailey joined the Medical Center in 2003 as an assistant professor in SHRP. She earned her bachelor’s degree in health information management at SHRP in 1980, followed by her master’s and Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Bailey has developed a grant-funded program at the Medical Center that placed medical students and residents with a rural preceptor to provide an emersion program in rural medical and cultural diversity.

Rural medical students receive scholarships

Twelve incoming medical students receive a ceremonial tuition scholarship check at the 2013 Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Presentation Ceremony July 11 at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson.

The students include, from left, Craig Bullock, Hannah Barrett, Stephen Morgan, Terry Moran, Steven Carter, Christina Delgado, Amanda Cooley, Sarah Pachmayer, Rushil Randive, Meg Mathis, Cory Coleman and Brett Zepponi.  (Click to enlarge)

Nursing, alumni reception honors Boackle

Maj. Paul Boackle, an AirCare flight nurse, receives an award for his service in Afghanistan from Michelle Burns, left, nursing alumni chapter president-elect, and Ginger Roby, associate director of alumni affairs, during a June 20 reception at the Alumni Office.

Boackle returned home at the end of May after a four-month deployment stationed at Bagram Airfield Afghanistan with the Mississippi Air National Guard.  

The 2013 UMMC Alliance Executive Board meets

The UMMC Alliance Executive Board breaks for a photo during its first meeting of the fiscal year July 9.

Members include, from rear left, Angela Morey, Laura DiStefano, Barbara Kellett, Kate Feldman, Dr. Melissa Daniel, and Janet Crecink. Front row from left, Marilyn Tipton, board President Celeste Eason, President-Elect Theresa Anderson, and Jack Mazurak. Not pictured is Dr. Ruth Black. (Click to enlarge)
The new board will serve from July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014. The non-profit Alliance raises money for patient, student and facility needs and connects members through social events, lunches, parties and outings.

For more information or to join, visit

ACEP taps Jones for teaching honor

Jones_JonathanDr. Jonathan S. Jones, associate professor of emergency medicine, will receive a 2013 National Junior Faculty Teaching Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Jones was one of seven faculty chosen by the ACEP's Academic Affairs Committee, said Dr. Andrew Sama, ACEP president. The award acknowledges Jones' dedication and innovation in teaching.

In addition to a certificate, Jones will be recognized in October at the Fellow Convocation and Awards Ceremony at the ACEP's 2013 Scientific Assembly in Seattle.

Medical Center to host MSMA delegates

MSMA logoFor the first time in a number of years, the University of Mississippi Medical Center will host the Mississippi State Medical Association's annual Session of the House of Delegates Friday-Saturday, Aug. 16-17.

UMMC faculty can sign up to be one of 130 Central Medical Society delegates to vote on a slate of issues and candidates for leadership posts.

For more information or to register for the session, visit and select the "Annual Session" link at the top of the page to log in.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

35 Years

* George Armstrong, biomedical photography manager, Biomedical Illustration Services

30 Years

* Lonnie Watkins, plumbing supervisor, Building Maintenance

25 Years

* Dr. Karen M. Crews, professor of dentistry (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology)

15 Years

* Dr. Kenneth R. Bennett, professor of cardiology

10 Years

* Kathy Brown, manager, Sterile Processing

* Dodie McElmurray, UHHS clinical ancillary administrator, Executive Leadership

* Lisa Schell, instructor in pediatric neonatology

* Joan Sears, ambulatory nurse, Orthopedic Surgery

5 Years

* Dr. Zachary K. Baldwin, assistant professor of vascular surgery

* Jason Barnett, diagnostic sonographer, Select Heart Clinic

* Dr. Phillip K. Blevins, professor of plastic surgery

* Sue Damico, nurse educator, 3 South

* Samuel Davis, CT technologist, University Hospital CT

* Jo Ferril, administrative assistant, Neurology

* Lorraine Findley, nurse, School of Medicine

* Jason Hayes, inpatient nurse, Neuro Science ICU

* Kamino Johnson, patient access specialist, Internal Access and Admissions

* Matthew Johnson, Children's Miracle Network coordinator, Public Affairs

* Deborah Layton, nursing shift supervisor, Radiation Oncology-UMMC Cancer Institute

* Freda Lodge, health information services tech, Diagnostic Radiology

* Sandra McCaskill, business operations manager, Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences

* Chevetta McFarland, respiratory therapist, Batson Children's Hospital Respiratory Therapy

* Genia Moses, mail clerk, Post Office

* Jacelyn Phipps, respiratory therapist, Respiratory Therapy 

* Dorian Tatum, case manager, Coordinated Care

Renovations key changes to RML access

Because of renovations to Rowland Medical Library from July 15-26, the library will be closed from 5 p.m. Friday July 19 through Sunday, July 21 and again from Saturday, July 27 through Sunday July 28.

The second floor of the library will be open from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, July 19, and from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. from Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26. Entrance to the library will be available through the Verner Holmes Learning Resource Center lobby (take the elevator to the third floor and then enter through door U216).

The main entrance of the library will be available from July 15-18, but the first floor could be noisy during that time. The second floor will be available for quiet study throughout the renovations.

For more information, call 4-1290.

Ochsner specialist to give anesthesia rounds

RomanaDr. Ramona E. Nicolau-Raducu, an anesthesiologist at the Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, will give the Anesthesia Grand Rounds presentation, "Coronary Artery Disease and Liver Transplantation," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17, in classroom 3A.

For more information, call Keneshia Reed at 5-6507. 

Baillargeon to present dental seminar

Sandie BaillargeonSandie Baillargeon, creator of the first certificate course in dental practice management at the University of Toronto, Faculty and Dentistry, will present the seminar, "Dental Practice Management: Leap Off the Business Plateau and Soar to New Heights," from 7:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m. on Friday, July 26, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Dental hygienists and dental team members are invited. To register, visit

For more information, call Joan Bounds at 4-1300.

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