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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.


Juanyce Taylor

Juanyce Taylor, PhD
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

1 p.m. Feb. 27, 2019
Periop Conference Room

Charles O'Mara

Charles O’Mara, MD  
Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs         

1 p.m. March 27, 2019                                                         
Periop Conference Room

Britt Crewse

Britt Crewse
Chief Operating Officer, Adult Hospitals

1 p.m. April 24, 2019
Periop Conference Room

Michael Henderson

Terry Gillespie

Michael Henderson, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Terry Gillespie, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Executive, UHHS
Chief Nursing Officer
University Hospital

1 p.m. May 29, 2019
Room R136

Ralph Didlake

Jessica Bailey

Ralph Didlake, MD, MA
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Chief Academic Officer

Jessica Bailey, PhD
Dean, School of Health Related Professions

1 p.m. June 26, 2019
Periop Conference Room

Loretta Jackson-Williams

Loretta Jackson-Williams, MD
Vice Dean for Medical Education
School of Medicine

1 p.m. July 31, 2019
Room R1136

Kevin Cook

Kevin Cook, MSBA
Health System Chief Executive Officer

1 p.m. Aug. 28, 2019
Periop Conference Room

Guy Giesecke

Ellen Hansen

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

Ellen Hansen, RN, BSN, MS
Chief Nursing Executive 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

Patrick Smith

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

Paula Henderson

Paula Henderson
Chief Human Resources Officer

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