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Batson Hospital patients enjoy tee time

Five-time PGA Tour event-winner Jim Gallagher Jr. takes a break from the Sanderson Farms Golf Championship to visit with Quiarah Mosby, a patient in the Batson Children's Hospital, in a hospital activity room July 16.

Several professional golfers and Sanderson Farms employees visited the hospital patients and distributed golfing goodies.

Miss Mississippi delivers birthday surprise

Just days into her reign, Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick of Fulton visits with 4-year-old Toni Jordan of Ellisville July 15 during a monthly birthday celebration for Batson Children's Hospital patients hosted by Child Life.

High school students learn the ropes at SHRP

Jim Hill High School student Christopher Smith resists an attempt by Dr. Felix Adah, professor of physical therapy, to push him off balance during a physical therapy class July 12 in the School of Health Related Professions.

Students visiting from high schools around the metro area spent the week learning about the academic opportunities offered by SHRP.

On their last day of the program, Adah invited them to participate in physical therapy exercises. The program is organized by Faye Johnson, assistant dean for multicultural affairs.

UMMC addresses staff questions about BCBS

BCBS QA square smThe Medical Center has launched a website and a call center to answer questions UMMC faculty and staff may have about Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi health insurance coverage while the institution continues negotiating with BCBS.

Any contract termination would not affect State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan participants and their covered dependents because that plan is only administered by BCBS.

Ongoing negotiations only involve employee groups and individuals who are direct customers of BCBS in the commercial insurance market.

For more information, call the UMMC Call Center at 5-9430 or visit

Medical Center garners U.S. News rankings

UMMC has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a high-performing hospital in several categories on the publication's annual "Best Hospitals" list.

The Medical Center was cited as a high-performing hospital for gynecology, nephrology and urology. For the third year in a row, University Cancer Care also was listed as a high-performing regional cancer hospital.

Dr. Lucio Miele, director of the UMMC Cancer Institute and Ergon Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Radiation Oncology, said UCC's recognition especially is shared by UMMC's entire medical staff.

"Our multidisciplinary teams include medical and radiation oncologists and hematologists - who work primarily with cancer patients - as well as surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and multiple specialists in every field," Miele said. "These teams work together to provide the individualized care our patients need and deserve.

"In the end, a geneticist, a cardiologist, a pulmonologist can be as important in cancer treatment as can a surgeon or oncologist."

For a complete list of rankings, including qualifications for inclusion and other criteria, visit

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

15 Years

* Jerry Little, pharmacist, Pharmacy

* Neal Loving, nurse, 5 North

* Brandi Nester, nurse manager, Neuroscience ICU

* Tiffany Obanner, financial coordinator, Internal Access Admissions

10 Years

* Ginger Barnett, nurse case manager, School of Medicine

* Robert Bowen, imaging technician, Holmes County Hospital Diagnostic Radiology

* Melissa Collier, respiratory therapist, Respiratory Therapy

* David Dickerson, officer, Campus Police

* Shawn Kelly, boiler operator, Power Plant

* Jason McClellan, radiologic technologist, University Hospital Diagnostic Radiology

* James Twiner, accounts payable clerk, Accounting Department

5 Years

* Michael Box, operations manager, Information Systems

* Sharon Clemons, patient care technician, 4 South

* Linda Hill, nurse educator, 2 Children's

* Susan Jackson, customer care representative, Rheumatology 

* Trakia Johnson, dialysis nurse, Jackson Medical Mall Outpatient Dialysis 

* Nurika Kimbrough, supply chain clinical analyst, Materials Management

* Pamela Parish, dental hygienist, School of Dentistry

* Brigitta Strutchen, inpatient nurse, 2 MICU

* Kishina Terrell, nurse, 2 South

* Stephanie Tesseneer, pharmacist, Pharmacy

* India Thompson, telephone operator, Information Systems

* Linda Vance, diagnostic sonographer, Select Heart Clinic

* Brian Williams, food service aide, Food and Nutrition Services

Baillargeon to give dental practice 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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