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Neurosurgery leader receives first Smith chair

Dr. Louis Harkey, second from right, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, receives a medallion recognizing him as the first Robert R. Smith Chair of Neurosurgery during an Aug. 1 ceremony at the Fairview Inn in Jackson.
On hand for the presentation are Smith's daughter, Laura Carroll, second from left, Smith's grandson, Ben Carroll, left, and Dr. James Keeton, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs. Smith was the second chair of neurosurgery.

NBA player talks hoops with BCH patients

Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson, a native of Monticello, visits with Walker Wroten, a Batson Children's Hospital patient from Magnolia, during a visit to the hospital July 26.

Jefferson was in Jackson for the fifth annual All-Star Al Jefferson Benefit Week, which included a summer youth basketball camp, comedy show and gala to benefit charities.

Undergrads SURE about research at UMMC

Justin Porter, a Murrah High School graduate and Harvard University rising sophomore, speaks during a symposium on undergraduate research at UMMC Aug. 2.

Porter was one of 62 undergraduates from Mississippi who participated in 10-week biomedical research programs at the Medical Center.

Through various Discovery U programs, the students worked in laboratories of UMMC scientists, learning basic procedures and equipment. At the symposium, they presented their research findings on projects ranging from heart failure to dental implants.

The Discovery U programs, including the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), are run by the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences.

Pediatric NP attains SANE certification

Doleac_ReaganRegan Doleac, a family nurse practitioner in the Children's Justice Center, has been certified by the International Association of Forensic Nurses as a Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE-P).

According to the IAFN, Doleac is the only certified SANE-P practicing in the state of Mississippi.

This certification enhances Doleac's expertise in caring for pediatric victims of sexual abuse.

Rebel gridiron players visit Batson patients

Ole Miss football players John Ratfliff, left, and Collins Moore, second from right, play games with Batson Children's Hospital patients Freddie Green and Ca'nija Richardson during a July 30 visit to the hospital.
Several Rebel football players took a break during spring practice to make the trek to Jackson to sign autographs and spend time with the Children's Hospital patients.

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.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

40 Years

* Lisa Smith, house supervisor, Adult Nursing Administration

30 Years

* Glenda Denson, food preparation specialist, Food and Nutrition Services

20 Years

* Willie Alford, inpatient nurse, Wiser Hospital Ante Partum

* John Lea, disaster recovery analyst, Information Systems

15 Years

* Juliet Carral, surgical technician, Wiser Hospital Labor and Delivery Surgery

* Sandra Ellis-Swan, patient services coordinator, Jackson Mall Pharmacy Care Clinic

* Kristie Foy, ambulatory nurse, School of Medicine (Plastic Surgery)

* Gary Roebuck, clinical coordinator, Batson Children's Hospital Respiratory Therapy

* Kenneth Watkins, air filtration maintenance technician, Building Maintenance Refrigerator Shop

* Sharon White, nurse, University Hospital Surgical Suite

10 Years

* Taylor Goff, inpatient nurse, 7 West

* Sandra Sartin, office services supervisor, School of Medicine (Hypertension)

5 Years

* Samuel Adeosun, graduate assistant, Psychiatry

* Minnie Chambers, nursing assistant, 5 North

* Debra Dear, business operations supervisor, Central Billing Office

* Jennifer Douglas, value analysis director, Value Analysis

* Felicia Estes, executive assistant, Office of the Vice Chancellor

* Dr. Cynthia H. Luther, assistant professor of nursing

* Natasha Joiner, certified medical assistant, Internal Medicine Pavilion

* Joel Paige, patient care technician, Batson Children's Hospital

* Jamika Skinner, accountant, Accounting Department

* Marcus Smith, billing specialist, Central Billing Office

Mengel to give discharge presentation

Dr. Marvin Mengel, a Geneva, Fla., endocrinologist, will give the Office of Integrity and Compliance's 2013 Medical Documentation Guidelines presentation, "Discharge Summaries," from noon-1:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

The presentation will allow participants to demonstrate methods of improved documentation for patient safety, utilization, accurate medical coding and medical-legal protection.

For more information or to register, email Nikki Smith at

Block to present neurobiology talk

Block_MicheleDr. Michelle L. Block, associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Campus, will present "Redox Regulation of Neurotoxic Microglia Activation: NK-kB p50 and M1 Polarization" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, in room G151 in the Guyton Research Center.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.

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.

Cook, Giesecke to conduct MAP meetings

Cook_GiesekeKevin Cook, CEO of the adult hospitals, 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. Friday, Aug. 30, at the Jackson Medical Mall; and

* 3-3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at the Central Billing Office.

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

Enchanted Evening to benefit BCH Friends

Enchanted EveningFriends of Children's Hospital will host "BankPlus Presents, Enchanted Evening" at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

The event will include food, a special drawing, an auction of artwork and luxury items to benefit Friends of Children's Hospital and live music by the Party Jammers of Memphis.

Casual white attire is encouraged. Tickets cost $100 each and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, call the Friends office at 4-5273.

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