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Medical students feted for humanism

Dr. Jerry Clark, left, chief student affairs officer, presents a Gold Humanism Honor Society pin to senior medical student Renaldo Williams of Pickens.

AHRQ website spotlights UMMC program

Brunson JonesAn innovative program directed by Michael Jones, chief community health officer, with support from Dr. Claude Brunson, professor of anesthesiology and senior advisor to the vice chancellor for external affairs, was highlighted in the Aug. 29 issue of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange website at

The article, “Formalized, Technology-enabled Referral Relationships between Medical Center and Community Clinics Enhance Access and Reduce Inappropriate Emergency Department Visits,” describes the development, results and lessons learned from the "Healthy Linkages" program. The program, co-sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Health, refers patients who come to the emergency department for primary care services to a "medical home" that can better provide continuity of care.

Innovations Exchange is a comprehensive program that increases the development of and adoption of innovations in health-care delivery and policy.  


UMMC faculty honor MSMA Alliance scholars

Dr. LouAnn Woodward, left, associate vice chancellor for health affairs, Dr. Claude Brunson, second from left, Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) president and CEO, Amy Gammel, back row, third from left, MSMA Alliance president, and Dr. Tom Joiner, right, MSMA past president, congratulate MSMA Alliance members and medical students who received scholarships from the MSMA Alliance during a recent reception in the students’ honor.  (Enlarge Image)

The MSMA Alliance raises money for these scholarships through silent auctions and other events.

Physical Facilities to begin SOM building prep

Construction digStarting Wednesday, Sept. 12, Physical Facilities will begin digging holes and trenches in selected areas around the School of Dentistry building, the Verner S. Holmes Learning Resources Center, and adjacent parking lots to locate utilities in preparation for the School of Medicine building project.

The affected area will be clearly marked and few parking spaces will be affected.

For more information, call the Office of Planning at 4-1410.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Annie Jones, technician, Environmental Services

* Valarie Griffin, food production supervisor, Food and Nutrition Services

15 Years

* Dr. Joyce Brewer, professor of nursing

* Robin Cannon, diagnostic sonographer, University Physicians

10 Years

* Stevie Adams, medical technologist, After Hours Lab

* Kim Grimes, IT program manager, Information Systems

* Dr. Billy E. Mink, assistant professor of pediatric neonatology

 5 Years

* Tracye Ballard, social worker, Children’s Cancer Clinic

* Anthony Davis, senior tobacco treatment specialist, Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences

* Percy Gilmer, assistant motor pool supervisor, Building Maintenance

* Kimmen Johnson, nurse manager, 4 North

* Shanika Newton, LPN, Rural Health Clinics

* Kawana Reed, patient care technician, 3 North

* Louise Robinson, catering specialist, Food and Nutrition Services

* John Salters, biomedical engineering technician, Home Dialysis

* Ashley Seawright, instructor in surgery

* Stephanie Walker, administrative assistant, Plastic Surgery

* James Ware, inpatient nurse, University Hospital Emergency Department

* Jennifer Wilson, RN, University Physicians

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

Justice to present anatomy lecture

Dr. Nicholas J. Justice, instructor at the Huffington Center on Aging at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, will present "The Impact of Stress on Neurodegenerative Progression" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, in room G151.

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.

ESH to host flu vaccine campaign

Keeton FluThe Employee/Student Health Department will host a flu vaccine campaign from Sept. 19 through Oct. 3 at various locations throughout the Medical Center.

All Medical Center employees must complete a HealthStream assessment to receive the flu vaccine. Individuals should wear appropriate attire to receive the flu vaccine.

The vaccine will be available:

* from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 19-21, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre);

* from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 19-21, in the University Physicians Pavilion catwalk;

* from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 19-21, in the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants foyer;

* from 7-9 a.m. Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 19-21, in the MRI-CT area hallway;

* from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Sept. 24-28, in Student/Employee Health (room N136);

* from 8 a.m.-noon Monday, Sept. 24, in the Grand Rounds Conference Room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center;

* from 8 a.m.-noon Monday, Oct. 1, in the second- and third-floor conference rooms at the Central Billing Office in Clinton;

* from 8-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Grant's Ferry Clinic; and

* from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Mirror Lake Clinic.

For more information, e-mail Elham Ghonim at

Brown to present microbiology seminar

BrownDr. Jeremy Brown of the Department of Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, will present the microbiology seminar, "Next-generation Phylogenetics and Its Use in Forensic Inference of HIV Transmission Histories," at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, in room 5A.

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

Lage to give pathology presentation

LageDr. Janice M. Lage, professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, will present "Placental Lesions Most Commonly Overlooked" at noon on Thursday, Sept. 20, in room D113 in the School of Dentistry building.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Pam Peeples at 4-1010.      


Rowlett to present faculty candidate seminar

RowlettDr. 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 online votes for $50k prize

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.


UMMC to take part in 2012 HeartWalk

Heartwalk_deshazoThe 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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