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Quality Administration taps Christ for Q Award

Dr. Elizabeth Christ, center, associate professor of pediatrics-critical care, receives the Q Award from Dr. Michael Baumann, left, chief quality officer, and Dr. William Cleland, chief medical officer.

Christ was nominated for the award by Michelle Welander, clinical director of Batson administration, who wrote that Christ makes quality care "her passion."

According to Welander, Christ "has advocated and supported evidence-based medicine among her peers and colleagues. Her mission to enhance patient safety and quality of care is achieved by continuous process improvement.

"Dr. Christ has worked diligently to build trust among team members in the PICU by listening and communicating effectively. She also collaborates with the surgical teams and other teams that work within the PICU and PCICU to provide the best care possible for our patients."

The Q Award is presented quarterly by Quality Administration to a Medical Center physician who promotes quality and improves patient safety. To nominate a physician for the award, select the "Q Award" link under the UMMC Yellow Pages in the Support section of the UMMC Intranet.

Reception honors retiring MRPSP director

Janie Guice, second from left, receives a citation from Dr. LouAnn Woodward, second from right, associate vice chancellor for health affairs, while Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, Dr. Helen Turner, center, associate vice chancellor emeritus for academic affairs, and Dr. Diane Beebe, professor and chair of family medicine, look on during a Jan. 8 reception. Guice is retiring as executive director of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program.

Program offers employees fitness support

WeightsMedical Center employees looking to shape up for the New Year can apply for a spot in a 12-week fitness regimen.

Two sessions of the Get Healthy Program, a collaboration between UMMC and Courthouse Racquet and Fitness, are planned in 2013.

Each of the sessions will accept 40 UMMC employees. Participants will exercise twice a week with trainers at the Lakeland Drive Courthouse facility. To apply, employees must have a body mass index of 30 or greater and can’t miss more than two sessions.

The program also pays for one-year gym memberships for each participant and his or her family and access to exercise classes.

Each participant also must log two one-hour cardiovascular sessions a week in addition to the half-hour workouts with trainers. The Get Healthy Program is made possible by a grant to UMMC from the Lexington Foundation with the Courthouse.

Participants from past years have said they experienced improvements including better sleep, loss of 10 percent of body weight and feeling in control and accomplished for having the tools to change their lifestyles.

For more information and to apply, call Dixie Myrick at 5-1974 or e-mail her at

UMMC staff receive service recognition

The Medical Center is proud to acknowledge those employees who will celebrate service anniversaries this week:

20 Years

* Patrick Allen, biomedical engineering technician, Perioperative Services

* Rebecca Wier, nurse specialist, Poison Control Center

15 Years

* Jacqueline Bailey, technical supervisor, Clinical Lab Administration

* Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean, School of Medicine

* Steffi Strawder, CRNA, Anesthesia

10 Years

* Melinda Martin, ambulatory nurse, Children’s Ambulatory Surgery

5 Years

* Heather Adams, nurse in Endocrinology

* Dr. John W. Bethea, assistant professor of anesthesiology

* Jessica Dobbins, patient access specialist, Internal Access and Admissions

* Cara Dubuisson, nurse, Newborn ICU

* Teresa Fink, nurse manager, 2 Children’s

* April Martin, nurse, 5 Children’s

* Stacey Mitchell, nurse, Newborn ICU

* Denece Moore, certified medical assistant, Pavilion Suite J

* Amy Parr, radiologic technologist, Diagnostic Radiology

* Denetra Turner, coder, Health Information Management

Fund-raiser to help CJC ‘raise the roof’

Raise the RoofThe Children's Justice Center will host a "Raise the Roof" fund-raiser to help construct a building on the Medical Center campus from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Sal and Mookie's on North State Street.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information about the event, call Rebecca Mansell at 5-0115.  (View Flier)

Diversity, inclusion service to celebrate MLK

MLK 2013The Division of Multicultural Affairs and the Department of Pastoral Services will host a service, "Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The service will include a display of artwork by area high school students that represent cultural inclusion. Lunch will be available to the first 125 in attendance.

For more information call Chaplain Jeffery Murphy at 5-2106.    

Godwin to present Anesthesia Grand Rounds

GodwinDr. Steven A. Godwin, professor and chair of emergency medicine and assistant dean of simulation education at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, will give the Anesthesia Grand Rounds presentation, "Where Do We Go from Here? Utilizing Simulation to Advance Patient Safety Training in GME," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in classroom 3A.

For more information, call Kathy Wade-Butler at 4-5914 or e-mail her at

Fuqua to present Hearin Distinguished Lecture

fuquaDr. Suzanne A. W. Fuqua, professor of medicine and molecular cell biology at the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and co-director of the Nuclear Receptor Program at the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, will give the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "Novel Mechanisms of Hormone Resistance," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, in room R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis by the Hearin Foundation.

For more information, e-mail Margie West at

Reading project to discuss Fadiman book

Book TaylorThe Division of Multicultural Affairs, the School of Medicine Student Affairs Office, the School of Medicine Academic Affairs Office and the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities will sponsor a Diversity Dialogue Session, "UMMC Common Reading Project: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down," at noon on Friday, Jan. 25, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The format will include an interactive discussion with experts on pertinent topics in medical ethics. Participants should read the selected book by Anne Fadiman before the event.

Lunch will be available to the first 100 in attendance. For more information, call 4-5012 or 4-1339.

Vasdev to give anesthesia presentation

VasdevDr. Gurinder Vasdev, assistant professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., will give the Anesthesia Grand Rounds presentation, "The Nuts and Bolts of Liver Transplant Anesthesia," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in classroom 3A.

For more information, call Kathy Wade-Butler at 4-5914 or e-mail her at

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