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Lighting the LAMP of leadership

Guy Giesecke, chief executive officer of Batson Children's Hospital, addresses graduates of the Medical Center's Leading through Applied Management Principles (LAMP) Program during a Capstone Celebration Aug. 31 in the lower atrium of University Hospital.  

Dinner now being served at main cafeteria

Medical Center dignitaries, from left, Michael Korpiel, chief operating officer for University Hospitals; Dr. Ruth Black, director of pastoral services; Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs; Dr. LouAnn Woodward, associate vice chancellor for health affairs; Scott Carlisle, district manager for Sodexo; Mary Rohde, senior vice president of Sodexo; Guy Giesecke, chief operating officer for Batson Children's Hospital; Phillip Grady, administrator of UHHS support services; and Dodie McElmurray, administrator of clinical support services; cut a ribbon to signify the grand opening of the newly renovated main hospital cafeteria on the first floor of the University Hospital during a Sept. 6 ceremony.  (Enlarge Photo)

At just over $5 million, the renovation included nearly 7,500 square feet of redesigned cafeteria space. Fresh, made-to-order and international cuisine is offered around the clock from any of six dining “stations,” and a remodeled kitchen stocked with state-of-the-art appliances and cookware produces the finest quality food for patients and cafeteria visitors alike.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Carolyn Jimerson, education administrator, Pathology

* Irish Simmons, chief dental assistant, Care Planning and Restorative Sciences

15 Years

* Susan Campbell, assistant comptroller, Accounting Department

* Inge Knight, instructor in care planning and restorative sciences

* Gary Self, CRNA, Anesthesia

* Nina Snell, researcher, Microbiology

10 Years

* Barbara Bankhead, pharmacy tech, Pharmacy

* Rowshan Begum, researcher, Biochemistry

* Brenda Fortenberry, administrative assistant, Physical Facilities

* Annette Henderson, health information services technician, University Physicians

* Latarsha Hudson, patient services coordinator, Advanced General Dentistry

* Sonia Jenkins, registered nurse, Wiser Hospital Ante Partum

* Judy Johnson, registered nurse, Surgical Suite

* Gladys Stewart, business systems application coordinator, Information Systems

5 Years

* Karen Harthcock, registered nurse, Holmes Community Hospital Inpatient Nursing

* Josohnia Hollins, physician scheduler, University Physicians

* Robert Lock, tobacco treatment specialist, Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences

* Susan McBroom, physical therapist, Physical Therapy

* Dr. Nancye McCowan, associate professor of otolaryngology and communicative sciences

* Solangela Taylorholifield, pharmacy technician, Pavilion Retail Pharmacy

* Patricia Thomas, officer, Campus Police

* Zola Wilson, inpatient nurse, 2 South

Agarwal to give physiology seminar

AgarwalDr. Anupam Agarwal, interim chair of medicine at the University of Alabama, will present "Adaptive Responses in Renal Injury: Role of Heme Oxygenase-1" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is sponsored by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics.

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

Okusa to deliver two Bower Lectures

OkusaDr. Mark D. Okusa, John C. Buchanan Distinguished Professor of Medicine, chief of nephrology and director of the Center for Immunity, Inflammation and Regenerative Medicine in the University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, will give two 2012 John D. Bower Lectures on Thursday, Sept. 13, in room CW-106 of the Classroom Wing.

Okusa will present "Immune Mechanisms of AKI: Cues from the Microenvironment" from 8-9 a.m., and "The Nexus of Acute Kidney Injury, Chronic Kidney Disease and ESRD" from noon-12:50 p.m.

Lunch will be provided to the first 80 in attendance at the noon lecture. For more information, call Diana Carpenter at 4-5687. 

Fourth quarterly blood drive slated Sept. 17-21

MS Blood ServicesMississippi Blood Services personnel will visit the Medical Center Sept. 17-21 for the final of UMMC's quarterly blood drives in 2011-12. All donors will receive an MBS T-shirt. Identification is required to donate blood.

Times, dates and places for the drive include:

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine and at the University Hospital entrance;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the School of Dentistry lounge;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Batson Children's Hospital entrance;

* 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the University Hospital entrance; and

* 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in the Community Meeting Room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

For more information about UMMC's blood drive, call Renee Howard at 4-2884 or send her an e-mail at

Rowlett to present faculty candidate seminar

Rowlett headDr. James K. Rowlett, associate professor of neuroscience at the New England Primate Research Center, Harvard Medical School, Southborough, Mass., and candidate for the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at UMMC, will present the Faculty Candidate Seminar, "Abuse Potential of Benzodiazepines: A New Look at Receptor Mechanisms," at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, call Linda La Bier at 4-5898.

Friends seeks votes for $50k contest

FOCH_realFriends of Children’s Hospital is one of five charitable organizations competing for a $50,000 prize in an online contest from Horne, LLP. 

Individuals can vote for Friends by visiting the contest website at by Wednesday, Sept. 26, and selecting the "VOTE" tab at the top of the screen.

Upon entering a valid local ZIP code, Friends will be among five charities from which individuals may choose. Individuals may vote as many times as they like.

For more information, call Melanie Schade at 4-5273.


Jordan to present Hearin Distinguished Lecture

JordanDr. V. Craig Jordan, scientific director of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Vincent T. Lombardi Chair of Translational Cancer Research and vice chairman of oncology at the Georgetown University Medical School, will present the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "The Treatment and Prevention of Breast Cancer by Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulation: Something from Nothing," from noon-12:50 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited, and lunch will be available on a first-come basis from the Hearin Foundation.

For more information, e-mail Margie West at    

UMMC to take part in 2012 HeartWalk

Angela Gartrell, left, manager of business operations in Electro Cardiology, and Fancy Cleveland, education administrator for University Heart, show their enthusiasm for the American Heart Association's Metro Jackson Heart Walk.
Angela Gartrell, left, manager of business operations in Electro Cardiology, and Fancy Cleveland, education administrator for University Heart, show their enthusiasm for the American Heart Association's Metro Jackson Heart Walk.

The Medical Center will participate in the 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.

Pastoral care event to give voice to community

Pastoral Care Services will host a series of Pastoral Care Week events, “Giving Voice,” Monday-Friday, Oct. 22-26, in and around the Medical Center Chapel.

The festivities will include worship, sacred stories, liturgical dances, songs, diversity education opportunities and devotional discussions.

Scheduled events include:

Monday, Oct. 22

8:30 a.m. Morning Glory presentation by Timothy McGregor, hospital chaplain

Noon Inaugural celebration in the University Hospital foyer: Dr. Ruth Black, the UMMC Choir and a “Ballet Magnificat” liturgical ballet

Tuesday, Oct. 23

8:30 a.m. Morning Glory presentation by Marvin Turner, billing specialist for University Physicians

10:30 a.m. “Patient-centered Care: Giving Voice to Culturally Diverse Patients” panel in room 7A

Nighttime PCW staff and employee devotional

Wednesday, Oct. 24

8:30 a.m. Morning Glory presentation by Hubie Nelson of Tabernacle Christian and former VAMC chaplain

11 a.m. Community Clergy Luncheon and Health Education Fair at the Norman E. Nelson Student Union

Thursday, Oct. 25

8:30 a.m. Morning Glory presentation by Doris Whitaker, hospital chaplain

Morning Cultural Competency Stations

Nighttime PCW staff and employee devotional

Friday, Oct. 26

8:30 a.m. Morning Glory presentation by Timothy McGregor, hospital chaplain

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