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UNACARE unveils new digs

UNACARE, the School of Nursing-run family clinic that has been located in midtown for 14 years, moved into its new location on Fortification Street last month.  Dr. Kim Hoover, center, dean of the School of Nursing, visits UNACARE staff last week, from left, Melissa McJunckins, patient service coordinator; Pam Helms, assistant professor of nursing and UNACARE director; Sheila Jackson, executive director of the Jackson Housing Authority, which funded the renovations to the new facility and leases the location to the School of Nursing; and Dr. Audwin Fletcher, professor of nursing. [Enlarge Photo]

Clark named to National Register board


 The Board of Directors of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology elected Dr. Molly S. Clark, assistant professor of family medicine and director of health psychology, to a four-year term on the board at its July meeting in Washington, D.C. Clark will begin serving on the board on Jan. 1, 2013.

The National Register is the largest credentialing organization for psychologists. Created in 1974, the independent, non-profit organization is the leading source of information on nationally credentialed psychologists in health care. Psychologists who are awarded national registrant status have achieved the highest educational and professional standards in health care.

A licensed psychologist who received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, Clark completed the doctoral residency program at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and the health psychology postdoctoral fellowship at UMMC.

After working for several years in primary care at the G. V. “Sonny” Montgomery VA Medical Center, she became director of the health psychology fellowship in the Department of Family Medicine. She has a faculty appointment in the Department of Human Behavior and Psychiatry.

Parnell named health-care executive fellow


 J. Michael Parnell, business administrator in the Department of Emergency Medicine, was pinned July 30 as a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. The designation signifies board certification in health-care management.

Parnell joined the Medical Center as a staff nurse in 2004 and received his B.S.N. from the School of Nursing in 2005. He received an M.S.N. in the school’s health systems executive program in 2007, then moved to Philadelphia, Pa., where he worked as the practice administrator for the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

He returned to the Medical Center in March when he was named business administrator in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Parnell is scheduled to start the Ph.D. in nursing program here later this month.

The ACHE is an international professional society with 80 chapters and more than 40,000 health-care executives who lead hospitals, health-care systems and other health-care organizations.

In memoriam

MoynihanDr. Patricia Cook Moynihan, a School of Medicine alum and former assistant professor of pediatrics and surgery at UMMC, died July 30. She was 77.

A native of Bay Springs, Moynihan received her undergraduate education from the University of Southern Mississippi and earned the M.D. at UMMC, where she completed a general surgery residency under Dr. James Hardy. She joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University in 1970 as the first female pediatric surgery fellow at that institution.

In 1972, she was appointed an assistant professor of pediatrics and surgery at UMMC. She left in 1978 to become an associate professor of pediatric surgery at the Tulane Medical Center. After being appointed professor at Tulane University in 1984, Moynihan joined the faculty at East Tennessee State University in 1991 as professor of surgery and pediatrics. She retired from East Tennessee State in 2004.

A memorial service at Brentwood (Tenn.) First United Methodist Church took place Aug. 4 with burial in the church’s prayer garden. Memorial donations made be made in Moynihan’s name to the Prayer Garden of Brentwood 1st UMC, 309 Franklin Rd., Brentwood, TN  37027.        

Strategic Plan now available online

fiveyear_newThe Medical Center's five-year Strategic Plan is now available on the UMMC Intranet.

To access the document, scroll over the "Welcome" entry on the left-hand tool bar and select "UMMC's 5-year Strategic Plan" or visit

No hard copies of the plan will be made available. For more information, call the Office of Academic Affairs at 4-5009.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Catherine Adair, clinical research manager in Medicine

* Myrna Saxon, clinical coordinator in Respiratory Therapy

15 Years

* Scott Mellon, respiratory therapist in Respiratory Therapy

* D'Wanda Moncure, central services specialist in Materials Management

10 Years

* Sheila Jones, diagnostic sonographer in CV Noninvasive Diagnostic

* Paula Neely, social worker in Coordinated Care

* Diann Washington, surgical tech in the Surgical Suite

5 Years

* Joy Averett, pharmacist in the Pharmacy

* Marilyn Burke, graduate assistant in Pharmacology and Toxicology

* Ashleigh Carver, nurse in the Newborn ICU

* Catherine Cheney, inpatient nurse on 4 North

* Wanda Dunlap, ambulatory nurse in the Employee Health Service

* Scoty Hearst, postdoctoral research fellow in Neurology

* Carrie Jackson, administrative assistant in Medicine

* Annie Rattler-Baker, director of community outreach in Family Medicine

* Hannah Rhinewalt, nurse educator on 7 East

* Adriana Singh, interpreter in Patient Affairs

* Lesley Utz, inpatient nurse in the CICU

* Josilind White, unit secretary in the Neuro Science ICU

Harris, Giesecke to present MAP meetings

Harris and Giesecke Janet 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 3:30-4 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 13, in room S123; from 3-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, in room R153; from 3:30-4 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, in room S123; from 2-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, in room R354; from 1-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, in the community room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and from 3-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, in the CBO Building in Clinton.

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

UMMC Choir to sing anthem at Braves game

braveslogo_newThe UMMC Choir has been selected to sing the National Anthem before the Friday, Aug. 10 Southern League baseball game between the Birmingham Barons and the Mississippi Braves at Trustmark Park in Pearl.

The game starts at 6 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets to the game, visit   

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 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

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