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Brunson elected to MSMA leadership post

Brunson_CDr. Claude Brunson, professor of anesthesiology, was elected president-elect of the Mississippi State Medical Association during the group's annual meeting Aug. 17.

Brunson, who serves as senior advisor to the vice chancellor for health affairs, also was elected delegate to the American Medical Association.

Other UMMC personnel elected to office at the meeting included:

• Dr. Sharon Douglas, delegate to the AMA;

• Dr. Jane Beebe Jones, resident position on the MSMA Board of Trustees;

• Savannah Duckworth, student position on the MSMA Board of Trustees;

• Dr. Jennifer Bryan, Council on Budget and Finance;

• Dr. John Cross, Council on Constitution and Bylaws;

• Dr. Julia Thompson, resident position on Council on Legislation;

• Luke Ainsworth, Student Position on Council on Legislation;

• Dr. Jonathan Jones, Council on Medical Education;

• Dr. Anthony Cloy, Council on Medical Service;

• Dr. Tal Hendrix, resident position on Council on Medical Service;

• Emily Brandon, student position on Council on Medical Service; and

• Dr. Rick deShazo, associate editor of the MSMA Journal.

The two-day meeting was hosted by UMMC for the first time in many years.

"I'm proud of the level of participation our Medical Center achieved for this meeting," said Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the medical school.  "We were able to strengthen our relationships with physicians from across Mississippi.

"These election results speak to the excellent leadership qualities among our faculty, residents and students." 


AMA president visits UMMC students

Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven, second from left, president of the American Medical Association, visits with medical students, from left, Emily Brandon, M3, Luke Ainsworth, M3, and Kevin Batte, M4, during an Aug. 15 reception at the UMMC Alumni Center.
Hoven was in Jackson for the annual meeting of the Mississippi State Medical Association, which was hosted by UMMC.
During a short speech, she promised the students they will never regret choosing medicine as a career. Hoven is an infectious disease specialist from Lexington, Ky.

UMMC, Blue Cross reach agreement

The University of Mississippi Medical Center and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi have signed a one-year agreement that will allow patients insured through Blue Cross to continue receiving in-network care at UMMC.

The existing contract was set to expire Aug. 28, following two extensions. The agreement ended six months of negotiations with the insurer.

"We were glad that we were able to come to an agreement without any disruption in coverage," said Dr. James E. Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs. "I especially appreciate the patience of our front-line staff and clinical providers as we dealt with this issue."

The contract in question did not involve participants in the State Employees Health Plan.

UMMC faculty speak at development summit

Dr. Rick deShazo, Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, and Dr. Hannah Gay, associate professor of pediatrics, speak during the Governor's Health Care Economic Development Summit Aug. 15 at the Jackson Convention Complex.
The summit, organized by the Mississippi Economic Council, brought together more than 600 people to exchange ideas and share successes related to health-care development.

UMMC to lease Grenada Lake Medical Center

The University of Mississippi Medical Center will sign an agreement to lease the 156-bed Grenada Lake Medical Center from the Grenada County Board of Supervisors.

Dr. James E. Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, said the lease deal will help ensure Grenada County and its surrounding residents will receive high-quality hospital care locally.

"We're glad to embrace this opportunity to make a difference for the people in Grenada and surrounding areas," Keeton said. "Collaboration will be key to success in health care in the future."

UMMC plans to train students and residents at GLMC.

"Education is a big part of what we do," Keeton said. "We need more teaching venues so we can continue training more health professionals for Mississippi.

"Grenada brings that important element to the table."

Under the agreement, UMMC would begin managing GLMC Sept. 1 and lease the facility beginning Jan. 1, 2014. UMMC would pay the county approximately $1.8 million annually to retire the facility's $37.4 million debt.

The State Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees approved the lease agreement last week. 

Millsaps sorority deals winning hand to BCH

Members of the Phi Mu sorority at Millsaps College present a donation of $11,000 to Dr. Rick Barr, Suzan B. Thames Professor and Chair of Pediatrics.

The funds were raised during Phi Mu's fifth annual Casino Night fundraiser in March at Hal & Mal's in downtown Jackson. The event consisted of casino games, a poker tournament and raffle prizes.  (Click to enlarge)

Recycling becomes way of life at UMMC

Recycle SymbolRecycling efforts at the University of Mississippi Medical Center have resulted in another successful year of resource management.

In 2012, the Medical Center recycled 232,640 pounds of cardboard, 66,900 pounds of paper, 9,127 pounds of plastic and aluminum containers, 6,720 pounds of lamps and light bulbs, 642 pounds of batteries, 61,050 pounds of electronics, 25,144 pounds of surgical towels and 946 pounds of used oil.

Those figures were in line with the Medical Center's recycling numbers for 2011: 296,760 pounds of cardboard, 82,500 pounds of paper, 2,420 pounds of plastic and aluminum containers, 5,820 pounds of lamps and bulbs, 11,035 pounds of electronics and 27,870 pounds of surgical towels. The Medical Center did not recycle batteries or used oil in 2011.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Myra Andrews, dental assistant, School of Dentistry Academic Affairs

20 Years

* Sherrion Brown, technician, Respiratory Therapy

* Linda Ishee, operations manager, Physical Facilities

15 Years

* Emma Burt, ambulatory nurse, Gastro Lab

* Loraine Durr, patient services coordinator, Jackson Medical Mall Business Office

* Dr. Huiling Liu, scientist, Neurology

* Edward Lofton, medical technologist, Stem Cell Lab

* Verena Miller, nurse, University Hospital Surgical Suite

* Dr. Phyllis Nowicki, professor of pediatric gastroenterology

* Gaye Ragland, assistant professor of nursing

* Sheila Stephens, nurse, Jackson Medical Mall Surgical Specialty Clinic

* Dr. Lorraine Street, professor of occupational therapy

10 Years

* Gayla Dixon, nurse, Medical Surgical Float

5 Years

* Dr. Santo Marcus Borganelli, associate professor of cardiology

* Michelle Bouie, enterostomal therapist, Diabetes Education

* Barry Chandler, sergeant, Campus Police

* Brandon Dillon, surgical tech, Batson Children's Hospital Surgical Suite

* Jimmy Massengill, machinery mechanic, Building Maintenance

* Margaret Murrian, coder, Coding

* Erika Womack, researcher, Orthopedic Surgery

Salgado-Pabon to give microbiology seminar

Salgado-PabonDr. Wilmara Salgado-Pabon, assistant research scientist at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, will present the microbiology seminar, "Molecular Pathogenesis of Staphylococcal Infective Endocarditis," at 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, in room 4A.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available at 4 p.m. in room N547.

For more information, call Angeline Green at 4-1700.

Libby to present physiology’s choice lecture

LibbyDr. Peter Libby, Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Cardiovascular Division, Department of Medicine, at Brigham and Women's Hospital, will give the Department of Physiology and Biophysics' Students and Postdoctoral Fellows' Choice Distinguished Research Lecture, "Inflammation in Atherosclerosis: A Translational Tale," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, in room R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Boxed lunches will be available on a first-come basis.

For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820. 

Cook, Giesecke to conduct MAP meetings

Cook_GiesekeKevin Cook, CEO of UHHS, and Guy Giesecke, CEO of Batson Children's Hospital, will host a series of Motivating, Achieving and Progressing (MAP) Meetings for hospital and clinic employees in August.

Meeting times, dates and locations include:

* 3:30-4 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in room S123;

* 1:30-2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in room CW106;

* 10:15-10:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in room S123;

* 2-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in room CW308;

* 1-1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, in the Community Meeting Room at the Jackson Medical Mall; and

* 3-3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the Central Billing Office.

For more information, call Tonya Moore at 4-4104. 

Mengel to discuss clinical documentation

Dr. Marvin Mengel, an Orlando, Fla.-based diabetes, metabolism and endocrinology expert, will give two presentations on Thursday, Sept. 5.

The first, a Medical Documentation Guidelines-2013 presentation, "New Rules from Medicare - How It Will Change the Way You Practice," is scheduled from noon-1:30 p.m. in classroom 4A. All Medical Center faculty are invited.

Mengel's second discussion on clinical documentation is for Batson Children's Hospital physicians at 4 p.m. in room S123. All physicians and nurse practitioners are invited.

The presentation will include a discussion about the Clinical Documentation Improvement Program, the role of clinical documentation specialists and strategies for improving clinical documentation in preparation for the implementation of ICD-10.

The presentations are sponsored by the Office of Integrity and Compliance. For more information or to register, email Nikki Smith at

Tanabe to speak during sickle cell seminar

Tanabe_PaulaDr. Paula Tanabe of the Duke University School of Nursing will give a presentation during the 2013 Sickle Cell Seminar, scheduled from 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Among other speakers, Tanabe will discuss the importance of using evidence-based practice when caring for adults and children in the emergency department. Nurses, nurse practitioners and other interested health-care professionals are invited.

For more information or a copy of the brochure, visit

Wynn to conduct drugs in dentistry course

WynnDr. Richard L. Wynn, professor of pharmacology at the Dental School, University of Maryland, Baltimore, will present a course, "Drugs in Dentistry, Including Herbals and Natural Products," from 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Dentists, hygienists and members of the dental team are invited. The course will present the most recent reports describing conventional drugs, herbal supplements and nutraceuticals impacting dental and dental hygiene practice.

For more information, email Joan Bounds at, visit the continuing education website or access course information at

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