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Alliance gets new board; UMMC chimes in with award

Published on Thursday, September 17, 2015

Published on September 17, 2015

The UMMC Alliance selects its leadership slate for 2015-16, while the institution receives national acknowledgement for its predictive analytics efforts.  

New alliance board members say 'cheese' at installation

The UMMC Alliance, a volunteer organization that promotes goodwill and fellowship to the Medical Center through support of patient needs, the UMMC chapel, university support funds and art acquisitions, has selected its board members for 2015-16.

They include Shana Cook, president; Vickie Skinner, president-elect; Dixie Myrick, vice president; Jamie Thompson, recording secretary; Kathy Webster, corresponding secretary; Jonathan Albert, treasurer; Linda McComb, chaplain; Marlana Hudgens, historian; Kelly Dennis, publicity; Theresa Anderson, parliamentarian; and Jane Ellen Wolf, volunteer services liaison.

The Alliance raises money for projects that support the needs of the Medical Center's patients, families and students, as well as the surrounding communities. For more information or to join the organization, visit

UMMC hits right predictive analytics note with CHIME award


The University of Mississippi Medical Center has been named a CHIME Collaboration Award recipient for its work in forecasting heart attacks and treating heart disease.

The award is given annually by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, or CHIME, and recognizes top collaborative efforts by a CHIME Foundation member and a CHIME member. It provides an opportunity for those efforts to be shared with the CHIME membership for possible application in other health-care environments.

Dr. John Showalter, chief health information officer and assistant professor of medicine, is leading a team at the new Center for Informatics and Analytics in crunching data through a process called predictive analytics. The team is using the data to identify patients' health risks - and which individuals are at the highest risk of heart attack - with help from the predictive analytics company Jvion.

The award will be presented during CHIME's Fall Chief Information Officer Forum Oct. 14-17 in Orlando, Florida.