People of the U: Richard WaitePublished on Wednesday, July 1, 2020By: Annie Oeth, firstname.lastname@example.orgSenior end user computer specialist Richard Waite keeps the six Children’s of Mississippi clinics and University of Mississippi Medical Center’s adult transplant clinic in south Mississippi running smoothly because he keeps their computers systems running smoothly.Based on the Gulf Coast, Waite travels among the clinics, responding to requests, performing maintenance and serving as a liaison for Epic access as needed.“In today’s world, everything revolves around computers,” Waite said. “If our clinics don’t have a working computer, access to medical records online and wifi for telehealth consultations, they can’t operate.”The clinics Waite serves include the Children’s of Mississippi outpatient specialty clinics in Hattiesburg and Biloxi, pediatric clinics in Biloxi, Bay St. Louis and Bridgewater and Acadian Court locations in Gulfport, and the UMMC Transplant Gulf Coast Clinic in Biloxi, which serves adult patients.Prior to Waite working out of the southern region of the state, any computer needs in those clinics meant getting help from UMMC’s main campus in Jackson.“The clinics were saving up requests so it would be worth someone’s time driving in from Jackson,” said Waite, a Jackson native who enjoys life in south Mississippi.“The Gulf Coast is like a state within our state,” he said. “It’s completely different than the rest of Mississippi, and I love it here.”Waite is an alumnus of Holmes Community College in Ridgeland, where he studied information systems technology, and the University of Southern Mississippi, where he graduated with a business administration degree. He then worked for the Bay St. Louis-Waveland School District as their lead technician and systems administrator for a decade.In January 2018, Waite moved back to Jackson and joined UMMC, first working in telehealth and traveling to sites around the state. When the opportunity came, he moved south to serve the Medical Center’s outpatient outreach.With Children’s of Mississippi opening the Biloxi and Hattiesburg specialty clinics in 2017 and acquiring the four pediatric clinics in 2018 from Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, hospital leaders realized a Division of Information Systems representative was needed along the Gulf Coast.“Our clinics have been growing rapidly,” said Waite. “I love hearing ‘Hey, Richard,’ when I come into one of the clinics, and the clinic’s doctors, nurses and staff members always appreciate the work done. It’s nice to be needed!”Every institution is rich with personal stories. We want to know ours.Do you know a student, staff, volunteer or faculty member at the University of Mississippi Medical Center whose story would make an interesting feature or deserves to be recognized?Know someone who you think more people should know about because of his or her commitment to his or her job and/or the people he or she works with or for? Who has a fascinating hobby? Who participates in a remarkable group? Who has accomplished something amazing?We want to learn more about each individual who makes up our extraordinary UMMC Family, and we want to share what makes each person unique and special in the People of the U section of our dynamic new UMMC Intranet.To nominate someone to be considered for a People of the U feature, just complete and submit this short form. If that person is picked for a feature, a member of the Communications and Marketing staff will contact him or her to learn more about his or her personal story.Soon, the rest of the Medical Center will know why your nominee is an outstanding reminder of what makes this place so special – the People of the U.