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Hope awards honor BCH's helping 'hands'

Individuals, foundations and businesses who have generously supported the Batson Children’s Hospital were honored with a 2012 Hands of Hope award during the Hands of Hope luncheon July 25 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Among those who accepted awards were (second and third from left) Sam's Club representative Adam Miller and Wal-Mart Associate Pam Barnett. Presenting awards to all the honorees were (left) Guy Giesecke, CEO of Children's Hospital, Batson patients Kambree Burton and Sydney Gholar, and back row, Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen Molly May with Dr. Rick Barr, Suzan B. Thames Professor and Chair of Pediatrics.[Enlarge Photo] 

The 2012 honorees were Joseph C. Bancroft Charitable and Educational Fund, Jill Connor Browne, Century Club Charities, Feild Co-Operative, Junior League of Jackson, Lamar Outdoor Advertising,  Madison Charitable Foundation, Eli Manning, South Group Insurance, Viking Range Corporation,  Walmart and Sam’s Club, Whitehead Foundation, Zippity Doo Dah Parade and Festival, and Christina Marie Lawrence.

UMMC cardiologist receives presidential award

Fox_Ervin_webDr. Ervin Fox, professor of cardiology and Jackson Heart Study researcher, will receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers this week in Washington, D.C.

It is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. [Enlarge Photo]

A 1993 UMMC graduate and medical director of the echocardiography and nuclear laboratory, Fox was selected for the award for his research into how cardiovascular and vascular structures and their functions relate to disease outcomes, particularly heart disease in African-Americans.

A $3.3 million R01 grant he received last fall from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute is currently funding an investigation in JHS participants that uses pulse tonometery to measure arterial stiffness and hemodynamics.

Ceremony welcomes rural physician scholars

Seventeen first-year medical students enrolled in the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program receive a tuition scholarship check during the 2012 MRPS Presentation Ceremony July 26 at the Old Capitol Museum.

They include, front row from left, Kanchan Malhotra, Summer Bailey, Marlaina Berch, Moumita Biswas, Brittney Brown, Stephanie Caldwell, Brittany Dong, Susan Frichter and Jasmine Watson, and back row from left, Daniel Hester, Jordan Gunn, Kristen Mitchell, Chelsea Rick, Daniel Robbins, Aditya Sabharwal, Katie Scott and Elizabeth Sherard.

As part of the MRPS program, students agree to practice in small or rural communities after graduating. They dedicate one year of practice for each year of scholarship funding they receive.

During the presentation ceremony, 37 current MRPS students also received scholarship checks.  [Enlarge Photo]

Orthopedic surgeon tapped for quality award

Dr. Ben Stronach, center, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, receives the Q Award from Dr. Michael Baumann, left, chief quality officer, and Dr. Bill Cleland, chief medical officer, July 23 during the Orthopedic Surgery Journal Club.  [Enlarge Photo]

Stronach was nominated for the award by a program manager for providing “high-quality care with excellent patient outcomes.” He was cited specifically for implementing Friday Morning Joint Rounds, a time for the attending surgeon and residents to discuss upcoming surgical patients, for introducing a safer, more effective approach to the pain management of joint replacement patients, and for length-of-stay rates much better than the national average with low complication and readmission rates.

The Q Award is presented quarterly by Quality Administration to a Medical Center physician who promotes quality and improves patient safety.

May, Oliver cop customer service honors

A Campus Police security guard and a University Hospital food service aide each receivedMay and Oliver customer service awards during the monthly UHHS Leadership Meeting July 19 in the Classroom Wing. 

John May of Campus Police was recognized for showing compassion for others by donating his beverage to a family with limited resources at lunchtime.

Tameka Oliver of UHHS food services was honored for reporting to work on her day off to mix a late order of baby formula for a young mother in need.    

Beauty queens visit Batson Hospital patients

Molly May, left, Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen, and Marie Wicks, Miss Mississippi 2012, visit with Batson Children’s Hospital patient Tykiera James during the beauty queens’ July 25 visit to patient rooms.[Enlarge Photo]

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals are the national platform for the Miss America pageant.

Two SOD faculty earn ADEA appointments


Dr. Mark Livingston, associate professor of advanced general dentistry, has been approved as the ADEA/AAHD representative to the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Review Committee on Post-doctoral General Dentistry.

This appointment is a four-year term that will begin at the ADA’s annual session in October and continue through the close of the 2016 ADA Annual Session.

Dr. Tracy Dellinger, associate professor of advanced general dentistry, has been approved by the ADEA Board of Directors as the ADEA/AAHD representative to the CODA Appeal Board.

This also is a four-year term that will begin at the October 2012 ADA Annual Session and continue through the close of the 2016 ADA Annual Session.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Dena Booth, medical technologist in the Toxicology Clinical Lab

* Angela Hatcher, business operations supervisor for University Physicians

* Larry Johnson, technician in Environmental Services

* Dr. William Meeks, professor of medicine

* Stephanie Parker, compliance supervisor in Integrity and Compliance

15 Years

* Dr. Harold Livingston, professor of advanced general dentistry

* Andrew Richardson, courier for University Physicians

* Caroline Washington, business operations supervisor in Trauma Surgery and Critical Care

10 Years

* Cecil Cosman, senior IT support analyst in Information Systems

* Janice Godfrey, nurse case manager in Medicine

* Dr. Michael Hebert, professor of biochemistry

* Cynthia Hinton, unit secretary on 2 North

* Kesha Poole, billing specialist for University Physicians

* Lauren Robinson, dietitian in the Renal Clinic

* Dr. Stanley Smith, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology

* Dr. Annette Wysocki, professor of nursing

5 Years

* Barbara Arrinigton, laundry worker in Laundry and Linen

* Sherie Brock, social worker in Coordinated Care

* April Cavett, health information services technician for University Physicians

* Tonya Coleman, nurse on 3 South

* Jill Collins, rehabilitation technician in Physical Therapy

* Brittany Daniels, unit secretary in the Emergency Department

* Roxie Ervin, billing specialist for University Physicians

* Stacy Feathers, nurse on 2 South

* Jermaine Gray, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology

* Dr. Jason Griggs, professor of biomedical materials science

* Dana Hairston, instructor in SHRP’s Health Sciences Program

* Dr. Amol Janorkar, assistant professor of biomedical materials science

* Janice Jordan-Williams, accountant in the Accounting Department

* Kashonda Kelley, researcher in Medicine

* Bryant King, nurse manager in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit

* Chameka Robinson, instructor in Academic Information Services

* Mary Spell, inpatient nurse in the Emergency Department

* Nelson Wilson, prosthetist in Orthopedic Surgery

Campus parking policy adopted

UMMC has adopted a new campus parking policy.  The policy touches on topics such as general principles, the hierarchy by which parking assignments are made, and enforcement standards.  The policy can be accessed on the Division of Physical Facilities website or via the intranet using the following pathway:  Welcome>Policies>Parking Policy.  Link to the policy directly at  All parking-related requests or inquiries should be e-mailed to or to PhysicalFacilities-Parking in the Outlook Address Book.   E-mails sent to these addresses are routed to a group of people instead of one individual in order to handle parking issues with in a speedy and timely manner.

Sufka to present cancer seminar

sufkaDr. Kenneth J. Sufka, professor of psychology and pharmacology and research professor at the RIPS/NCNPR Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Mississippi, will present "Cancer Pain and Analgesia: Pre-clinical Drug Efficacy Screening Using Conditioned Place Preference," at noon on Thursday, Aug. 2, in room G-151 on the first floor of the Guyton Library.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call 5-6802.

Cancer Institute to host town hall meetings

The University of Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Institute will host town hall meetings from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, and Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the UMMC Conference Center Auditorium at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

The meetings will include a discussion of the latest updates on the Cancer Institute organization, priorities and plans. All cancer-related faculty and staff are invited.

Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 5-6802.

ICD-10 seminar to assist coders, clinicians

SappAaron Sapp of United Healthcare will present "ICD-10: Together through Change," from 10-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

The seminar will help coders understand the new system and will aid clinicians who need training on how to provide clinical documentation. All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited, but coders and clinicians are encouraged to attend.

Space is limited to 100 participants. For more information, call Jenny Walker at 5-9818.

Jones, Keeton, Dzielak to address faculty

Jones_Keeton_DzielakDr. Dan Jones, University of Mississippi chancellor, Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, and Dr. David Dzielak, executive director of Medicaid, are scheduled to speak at the fall faculty meeting at noon on Friday, Aug. 31, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Jones and Keeton will provide an update for the university and the Medical Center for the upcoming academic year. The event will include a recognition of faculty with 20 years of service. Boxed lunches will be available on a first-come basis.

Full-time faculty who have met the 20 cumulative-year service requirement but have not received a chair may call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883 or e-mail her at

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