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Coffee Talks

Through the Coffee Talk program, employees have the opportunity to meet monthly with senior leaders from across the organization in small (no more than 12) informal groups to discuss current events, points of pride, and barriers experienced by staff.

This program launched in 2018, as a result of the 2017 Press Ganey Employee Engagement Survey Results, to improve survey “organizational respect” scores. From the 2017 survey results, responses relating to organizational respect were favorable and increased slightly in 2018. The Coffee Talk program is an excellent opportunity to better understand key aspects driving perception. At the conclusion of each session, suggestions from employees are strongly taken into consideration and forwarded to the appropriate area leader to address for any potential action or change in practice.

The sessions are scheduled from 1-2 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every month, and refreshments are provided by the UMMC Alliance. If you are interested in participating, email coffee-talk@umc.edu.


Guy Giesecke

Ellen Hansen

Guy Giesecke, MBA, MHA, DHA
Chief Executive Officer
Children's of Mississippi

Ellen Hansen, RN, BSN, MS
Chief Nursing and Clinical Services Officer
Children's of Mississippi

1 p.m. Sept. 25, 2019
Periop Conference Room

Richard Summers

Richard Summers, MD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

1 p.m. Oct. 30, 2019
Room R136

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Patrick Smith, PhD
Chief Faculty Affairs Officer and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
School of Medicine

1 p.m. Nov. 20, 2019
Periop Conference Room

Juanyce Taylor

Juanyce Taylor, PhD
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Cathy Smith
Chief Human Resources - UHHS

TDB Dec. 11, 2019
Overflow Dining Room
* For night staff

1 p.m. Jan. 29, 2020

1 p.m. Feb. 26, 2020
Periop Conference Room

1 p.m. March 25, 2020
Periop Conference Room

1 p.m. April 29, 2020

1 p.m. May 27, 2020
Periop Conference Room

1 p.m. June 24, 2020
Periop Conference Room

1 p.m. July 20, 2020

1 p.m. Aug. 26, 2020
Periop Conference Room

1 p.m. Sept. 30, 2020

1 p.m. Oct. 28. 2020
Periop Conference Room

1 p.m. Nov. 18, 2020

TBD, Dec. 16, 2020