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Undergrads SURE about biomedical research

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) students participate in a symposium Aug. 3 at the Medical Center. A total of 64 undergraduate students finished summer biomedical research programs at UMMC and presented their work at the symposium.

SURE gives students 10 weeks of hands-on biomedical research training in basic laboratory techniques and equipment and Friday lunchtime discussions on career paths by Medical Center faculty and post-doctoral fellows. It also pays a $3,500 stipend.

The School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences enrolled 33 students; the remaining 31 were enrolled in various other summer programs on campus.

“This is our main recruiting effort for the graduate school,” said Dr. Joey Granger, distinguished professor of physiology and graduate school dean. “We put a great deal of effort into making certain that students take away a positive scientific experience.”

For more information on SURE, visit

In memoriam

Joyce Butler, a neonatal nurse practitioner in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, died Aug. 14 after a long illness. She was 54.

Butler had been a Newborn Center staff member for 31 years and had led the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program for the last 21 years.

“Her professional and ethical values have been integrated into the fabric of each and every neonatal NP that has trained here over the last 21 years,” said Donna Windsor, business administrator for the Department of Pediatrics. “She was admired and respected by physicians, nurses, patients and families.

“Joyce was devoted to the care of her 94-year-old mother in her home.” Butler’s mother died Aug. 13.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, in the University Hospital Chapel.    

Customer service reps lauded by leadership

 courtney_graysonUniversity Physicians Pavilion customer service representatives Artvitta Courtney, left, and Shanicia Grayson show their pride after receiving Customer Service Awards at the UHHS Leadership Meeting Aug. 16.

They each drew the recognition for exhibiting a high-quality standard of performance and exemplifying institutional values in customer service.

Courtney and Grayson were nominated for the award by a patient who became distressed when his paperwork was seemingly misplaced. According to Keith Hodges, director of quality and clinical systems improvement for UP, “Shanicia and Artvitta were excellent in reassuring him everything would be OK.”

The two customer service representatives discovered the patient was in the wrong place and personally escorted him back to his car and instructed him where to park. They then walked to the correct location to await his arrival and personally helped him through the admissions process.

The patient “went on and on about the wonderful job they both did and how they were a treat to his day.”  

UMMC retiree pens ‘thoughtful’ book

BeardLinda P. Beard, a former UMMC hospital administration employee, recently had her first book published.

“Twixt Cato and D’Lo (and Other Places I’ve Lived)” is described by its publisher, Brentwood Press, as a “small book filled with thoughtful meaning.” Beard, who retired from UMMC in 2004, interweaves prose and poetry with some of her life experiences living in numerous places.

For more information about the book, call (601) 936-7241.

UHHS earns K-C Global WATCHDOG mention

Kim Summerlin, left, patient care areas representative for Kimberly-Clark Global Sales, Inc., presents her organization’s 2011 Healthcare-Associated Infection WATCHDOG Outstanding Infection Prevention Initiative honorable mention award to Elham Ghonim, center, director of infection prevention, and Lee Ann Lutken, clinical director for the Intensive Care Unit and EICU.

Ghonim and Lutken accepted the award on behalf of University Hospitals and Health System, which competed in the “More than 300 Bed” category.

The HAI WATCHDOG awards recognize health-care facilities that are making a difference in reducing and preventing serious, often life-threatening infections. The awards help publicize these HAI prevention initiatives and empower health-care providers to share and learn from each other.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

30 Years

* Jean Garrett, assistant director in Research and Sponsored Programs

25 Years

* Dr. Nancy Anklam, instructor in orthopedic surgery

20 Years

* Elaine Hobson, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

15 Years

* Valerie Bradley, administrative assistant in Cytology

* William Cannon, safety technician in Environmental Health and Safety

* Robin Gunter, surgical technician in the Surgical Suite

* Ying Huang, billing specialist for University Physicians

* Barbara Short, transportation and parking supervisor in Ground Expense

* Terrence  Smith, billing specialist for University Physicians

* Bobby Turner, technician in Environmental Services

* Ada Tyler, technician in Environmental Services

10 Years

* David Harley, laundry worker in Laundry and Linen

* Cynthia Hogsett, operating room scheduler for University Physicians

* Latishe Johnson, patient services coordinator for University Physicians

* Ramona Pleasant, dietitian in Food Services

5 Years

* Dr. Israh Akhtar, assistant professor of pathology

* Latonya Bryant, unit secretary in CCH-CICU

* Dominique Durr, EKG technician in Electro Cardiology

* Yvonne Frost, patient care technician on 2 South

* Lurean Johnson, inpatient nurse on 4 North

* Pamila Johnson, patient access specialist in Internal Access-Admissions

* Valerie Morris, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Debra Wilson, project manager for the Jackson Heart Study


Cheng to give prostate cancer presentation

ChengDr. Leo L. Cheng, associate professor of radiology at the Harvard Medical School and associate biophysicist in pathology and radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, will present "Human Prostate Cancer Metabolomics" at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20, 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.   

Harris, Giesecke to present MAP meetings

Harris and GieseckeJanet Harris, interim CEO of UHHS, and Guy Giesecke, CEO of Batson Children's Hospital, will present a series of half-hour Motivating, Achieving and Progressing (MAP) meetings for UMHC employees from 1-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the community room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and from 3-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the CBO Building in Clinton.

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

Soil boring to impact campus parking

Soil Boring SMEngineering consultants are planning to do soil borings in three campus parking lots as part of the design phase of the new School of Medicine building.

Approximately 24 spaces in lot 3 will be unavailable on Thursday, Aug. 23; approximately eight parking spaces, including four for handicapped parking, in lot 21 will be unavailable on Friday, Aug. 24; and approximately 19 spaces, including five for handicapped parking, in lot 19 will be unavailable on Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 25-26.

Refer to the accompanying diagram to see which spaces will be impacted by the scheduled boring.  (Soil Boring Diagram)

For more information about the scheduled soil boring, call the Office of Planning and Construction at 4-1477. 

BCH entrance to close for construction

BHC_construction_worker smThe south door entrance to the Batson Children's Hospital lobby (door no. C097-03) will close on Monday, Aug. 27, for approximately 30 days while construction is done to improve drainage in the area outside the entrance.

Signs will be posted to direct individuals to the appropriate alternate exits and entrances to the hospital.

For more information about the construction, call the Office of Planning and Construction at 4-1477.   

Gustafsson to present Hearin Lecture

GustafssonDr. Jan-Ake Gustafsson, Robert A. Welch Professor of Biology and Biochemistry and director of the Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling at the University of Houston, Texas, will present the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "The Biology and Pathology of Estrogen Receptor Beta," from noon-12:50 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be provided on a first-come basis by the Hearin Foundation.

For more information, e-mail Margie West at

Jones, Keeton, Dzielak to address faculty

Jones_Keeton_Dzielak EDr. 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 in the next fiscal 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

Ceremony to reopen hospital cafeteria Sept. 6

A grand opening ceremony for the renovated cafeteria is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6.

All six dining stations will open for business at 11. Cash, credit or debit cards and payroll deduction with valid UMMC employee identification will be accepted.

For more information, call Food and Nutrition Services at 4-2070.         

UMMC to take part in 2012 HeartWalk

Heartwalk_AHAThe Medical Center will participate in the American Heart Association's Metro Jackson Area Heart Walk scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Mississippi state capitol.

Dr. Richard deShazo, Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, is UMMC's champion and is recruiting team captains to participate and to recruit other UMMC faculty, staff and students to take part in the walk.

Captains can register their teams at UMMC's overall goal is $50,000.  


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