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Mrs. Mississippi connects with ‘scoli girls’

Mrs. Mississippi 2013 Sagen Gunnoe of Starkville meets with Skylar Stephenson, 13, of Laurel, a scoliosis patient, July 18 at the University Physicians Pavilion.

Gunnoe, 25, was 13 when she, like Skylar, underwent scoliosis surgery.

"I have a heart for scoli girls and want to share my story with them," said Gunnoe, who was invited to visit pavilion patients by Dr. Lawrence Haber, professor of orthopedics and chief of pediatric orthopedics.

Gunnoe, who will compete for the Mrs. America title in Tucson, Ariz., Aug. 20-28, spoke with more than a dozen orthopedic patients.

A third-year D.V.M. student at Mississippi State, Gunnoe referred to the metal rods, bolts and hooks secured to her spine to repair the abnormal curving.

"God only picks us strong women for this," she told Skylar, "making us women of steel - literally, of titanium and steel."

Mascot spreads MSU cheer at Batson Hospital

Bully, Mississippi State University's mascot, visits Batson Children's Hospital patient Derrick Chambers Jr. of Jackson on July 18 before the 36th annual MSU Summer Extravaganza.

While in town for their big event, Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen, the MSU football team and MSU cheerleaders visited patients and families at Batson Children's Hospital.

Corridor outside ER to close for construction

Construction SignA section of the west corridor outside the Adult Emergency Department will be closed for construction for approximately two weeks beginning Monday, Aug. 5.

Signs will be posted to direct pedestrians around the area.

For more information, call Physical Facilities at 4-1400.

Helicopter program garners media attention

In its July 20 issue, the Clarion-Ledger printed a feature on a major asset to all Mississippians, the Medical Center's helicopter emergency transport service, AirCare.

Established in 1996, AirCare helicopters transport approximately 1,400 patients each year from all over Mississippi that need to quickly get to medical services.

View the article, "Every second counts for the AirCare crew," here. (link:

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

35 Years

* Dr. Dewey F. Myers, professor of dentistry

30 Years

* Melinda Gilliland, medical abstractor, Trauma Management

20 Years

* Dr. Sharon B. Wyatt, professor of nursing

15 Years

* Joetta Jackson, service center specialist, Human Resources

* Charles McDonald, accounting clerk, Accounting Department

* Dr. Allen C. Richert, associate professor of psychiatry

10 Years

* Dr. Tibor Fulop, associate professor of medicine

* Latasha Neal, patient services coordinator, Patient Financial Services

* Susan Ray, nursing house supervisor, Batson Children's Hospital Administration

* Vivian Rogers, physician scheduler, University Physicians Scheduling

* Dr. Jimmy D. Vance, assistant professor of dentistry

5 Years

* Cordelia Body, pharmacy technician, Pharmacy

* Joyce Crudup, patient care technician, Batson Community Clinic

* Janet Douglas, inpatient nurse, Post Anesthesia Care Unit

* Dr. Lonnie Frei, associate professor of surgery

* Jennifer Hutson, chief technologist, Nuclear Medicine

* Eric McDonald, communications specialist, Mississippi Med-Com

* Cameron Nash, instrument and supply technician, Gastro Lab

* Dr. Jennifer C. Robinson, associate professor of nursing

* Dr. David E. Sawaya, associate professor of surgery

* Nathan Tullos, postdoctoral research fellow, Physiology and Biophysics

* Christopher Turner, certified dialysis technician, Outpatient Mall Dialysis

Badr to present Anesthesia Grand Rounds

Badr, AhmedDr. Ahmed E. Badr, clinical professor of neuroanesthesia at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso, will give the Anesthesia Grand Rounds presentation, "Anesthesia for Neurointerventional Procedures," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, in classroom 3A.

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

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.

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