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UMMC confers record number of degrees five years running

UMMC confers record number of degrees five years running

The University of Mississippi Medical Center for the fifth year is breaking its record for degrees conferred to health care and health science professionals.The Class of 2017 is 971 strong. In 2016, the number was 950. In 2013, the record was 677....

#UMMCGrad17: Gray brothers carry on family tradition

#UMMCGrad17: Gray brothers carry on family tradition

Tyler and Zack Gray didn't intend to make radiologic sciences a family tradition. It just kind of fell into place for the brothers.However, their decisions weren't nearly as random as the choice of careers was for their father, Dr. Mark Gray,...

#UMMCGrad17: Moore adopts full-court press towards peds career

#UMMCGrad17: Moore adopts full-court press towards peds career

Simone Williams, who was five-feet-seven in the fourth grade, just knew she would play pro basketball one day.The future high school guard was as ambitious as she was quick, but there was one problem: “I never grew another inch,” she said.Now known...

Burnout chatter kindles task force action

Burnout chatter kindles task force action

Just three months into his pediatric residency 12 years ago, Dr. Brad Ingram stood in a Medical Center parking lot around 11 at night yelling at a woman with a baby.“I had taken care of her three-month-old, who was discovered missing from the...

#UMMCGrad17: Milan overcomes odds through determination

#UMMCGrad17: Milan overcomes odds through determination

On April 2, 2017 around midnight, Diana Milan thought she was dead. As the seatbelt squeezed her internal organs and the airbag crashed into her face, she thought about her mother.She then thought about all the hard work that brought her to this...

At Batson Hospital’s 20th anniversary, Children’s of Mississippi reaching to future with construction

At Batson Hospital’s 20th anniversary, Children’s of Mississippi reaching to future with construction

Honoring the past while looking to the future, Batson Children's Hospital is marking its 20th anniversary this week while planning for future construction.The state's only children's hospital opened its doors 20 years ago with a dedication ceremony...

#UMMCGrad17: DeRussy takes M.D./Ph.D. path to pathology

#UMMCGrad17: DeRussy takes M.D./Ph.D. path to pathology

Bernadette DeRussy didn't go to medical school to become a doctor.“I went specifically to be a pathologist,” DeRussy said.The Diamondhead native comes from a lineage of pathologists: her grandfather and great-grandfather, their brothers and her...

EversCare seeks root causes of illness in children

EversCare seeks root causes of illness in children

Dr. Bettina Beech can't forget being told of a visit by a young girl to a University of Mississippi Medical Center physician. “They asked her, 'What did you have for dinner last night?' said Beech, professor and dean of the John D. Bower School of...

#UMMCGrad17: Sollis goes from cheerleader to leader in School of Pharmacy

#UMMCGrad17: Sollis goes from cheerleader to leader in School of Pharmacy

When Stephanie Sollis leaves for residency after graduation, she will bring with her the leadership skills she honed in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy as well as the discipline developed by participating in competitive...

#UMMCGrad17: Lockhart’s patients can expect compassionate care with a smile

#UMMCGrad17: Lockhart’s patients can expect compassionate care with a smile

Lovel Lockhart has a plethora of reasons why she studied humanities, with specialties in history, religion and ethics, and then became a nurse.It's partly because the care of nurses has made all the difference in the world for her older sister, who...

Interpreter-patient relationship translates into trust

Interpreter-patient relationship translates into trust

Unlike his Spanish-speaking parents, who came to America from Mexico, Angel Martinez, 7, is fluent in the language of their adopted country.But when would it be OK to ask someone so young to tell his parents he has a blood-related cancer? When...

Great patient experience requires patient-centered care

Great patient experience requires patient-centered care

The Medical Center wants patients to leave the hospitals and clinics saying their experience was excellent, from the time they're checked in to the moment they walk out the door.“We want to provide patient-centered care simply because it's the...

Med school latecomer defies doubters, wins TEACH Prize

Med school latecomer defies doubters, wins TEACH Prize

Dr. William Daley, who started medical school relatively late, said he was once asked what he planned to do after his residency, which ended when he was 40-something.“I said, 'Retire,'” he recalled.If he had been serious, it would have been a loss...

Code You: chaplains, colleagues help UMMC's healers find healing

Code You: chaplains, colleagues help UMMC's healers find healing

Seed-sized beads drop in a bottle as tears fall.The beads are a personal ritual of chaplain Linda McComb, a way to cope with the sadness and grief that can be an inherent part of working in a hospital setting. For every sadness, a tiny white bead...

UMMC evaluates options to memorialize asylum patients buried on campus

UMMC evaluates options to memorialize asylum patients buried on campus

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Longtime Grenada nurse reflects on lifetime of nursing

Longtime Grenada nurse reflects on lifetime of nursing

Martha Cooley's nursing career began at the Grenada hospital, three years after she graduated from high school in nearby Gore Springs.It's where she's winding down her calling, which has taken her family from the Delta to New Mexico and back. But...

UNACARE Mobile Clinic to take health care directly to Midtown patients

UNACARE Mobile Clinic to take health care directly to Midtown patients

For years, the UNACARE Health Clinic in the Jackson Midtown community had been the primary health care provider for the area.But when the University of Mississippi School of Nursing learned that lack of transportation was hindering many in Midtown...

UNACARE Mobile Clinic to take health care directly to Midtown patients

UNACARE Mobile Clinic to take health care directly to Midtown patients

The University of Mississippi School of Nursing unveiled the new UNACARE Mobile Clinic on Friday as part of the School of Nursing Honors Day at the Jackson Medical Mall. UMMC officials, alumni, students and donors were in attendance for the...

National shortage spurs new histotechnology program in SHRP

National shortage spurs new histotechnology program in SHRP

Before the patient finds out if the mole they've been concerned about is benign or malignant - even before the pathologist steps up to the microscope to make that determination - the tissue sample undergoes a complicated process.The specimen...

Ingram shares life lessons during Last Lecture

Ingram shares life lessons during Last Lecture

Dr. Brad Ingram has already made an impression on students, medical and beyond, which is why he was chosen to give the second annual Last Lecture on Wednesday in the Student Union to a crowd of almost 250 students, faculty, and staff. He shared a...

'100-day Workout' puts employee input into action

'100-day Workout' puts employee input into action

When Medical Center employees said they wanted improvements in workplace communication, respect and recognition for a job well done, someone heard them and took action.Last fall's employee engagement survey administered system-wide revealed both...

Learn more about UMMC with monthly CONSULT

Learn more about UMMC with monthly CONSULT

Readers on the go who want to learn more about the state's only academic health science center can sign up for a monthly CONSULT.CONSULT, the Medical Center's online newsletter, launches today. At the beginning of each month, the Division of Public...

Jackson Heart Study names Sims chief science officer

Jackson Heart Study names Sims chief science officer

If human health is a puzzle to be solved, then Dr. Mario Sims is putting the pieces together as the new chief science officer of the Jackson Heart Study.“I've always been fascinated by the process of teasing out and dismantling the social...

Electrical device eases gastroparesis symptoms

Electrical device eases gastroparesis symptoms

Not two months ago, Terry Schickel coped with nausea and vomiting “just about every day of the week, all day long.”For four years, he suffered from the disease gastroparesis, a crippling condition in which the stomach is all but paralyzed, causing...

Cancer screening deemed life-changing for Brandon woman

Cancer screening deemed life-changing for Brandon woman

A cervical cancer diagnosis prompted Tomeka Harps of Brandon to become an advocate for screening, the procedure that detected her cancer and led to immediate treatment.Harps' cancer was discovered as part of the College of American Pathologists...