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Take a look back on a big year

Big news is nothing new for the Medical Center- but 2013 stands out as a banner year for UMMC in the news. More than once UMMC-related stories went national, international and viral.

Here are our biggest stories from 2013.

Jan. 7 – Groundbreaking on the new School of Medicine building: (video)

Jan. 14 – School of Nursing ranks #22 in U.S. News’ list of top online nursing programs:

Feb. 1 – Give Kids A Smile day at the School of Dentistry gives 1,000 local elementary kids access to dental care: (video)

Late Feb. – Contractors uncover 66 unmarked graves on campus during a road construction project:

March 3 – Batson Children’s Hospital pediatrician Dr. Hannah Gay, along with two other physicians, announce they have “functionally cured” a Mississippi child born with HIV:

March 4 – Transplant doctors perform first liver transplant at UMMC since 1991:

March 19 – UMMC’s marketing department releases this cute video featuring kids and grandkids of UMMC staffers explaining what makes an academic medical center great: (video)

March 22 – Students and employees from UMMC join employees from three other Jackson-area hospital groups to build a Habitat for Humanity house:

April 16 – Batson Children’s Hospital’s congenital heart program performs its 1,000th case on its third anniversary: (video)

April 18 – The three physicians, including Dr. Gay, credited with the “functional cure” of a baby born with HIV are listed on the 2013 Time 100 Most Influential People In The World:

April 26-27 –
Mission of Mercy dental clinic, which the School of Dentistry is instrumental in planning and staffing, sees nearly 1,300 patients: (video)

May 5 – Country music superstars The Band Perry perform a concert in Jackson benefitting the MIND Center: (Facebook)

June 11 – UMMC marks the 50th anniversary of the world’s first lung transplant by Dr. James Hardy:

Aug. 7 – UMMC schools enrolled the largest number of students ever, continuing a 10-plus year trend:

Sept. 1 – UMMC welcomes Grenada Lake Medical Center into the family:

Oct. 4 – An autopsy of chicken nuggets by Dr. Richard deShazo creates a nationwide media feeding frenzy:

Nov. 17 – “Heart Studies v2.0” is announced as collaboration between the Jackson Heart Study, Boston University’s Framingham Heart Study, and the American Heart Association:

Dec. 5 – Mississippi’s first pancreas transplant is performed at UMMC:

Dec. 19 – Sanderson Farms presents $500,000 to Friends of Children’s Hospital as proceeds from PGA golf event:

Cigna insurance lists UMMC as in-network

Cigna_logoThe Medical Center and University Physicians are now in-network providers for patients with Cigna insurance. Cigna and UMMC leaders signed a multi-year agreement that went into effect Jan. 5.  

Cigna currently serves more than 18,000 customers in the region and nearly 100,000 customers across the state of Mississippi.

Cigna customers wishing to schedule an appointment at UMMC or University Physicians can call toll-free 888-815-2005. Cigna customers with questions about their plan can call Cigna customer service 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the number on their Cigna ID card.

Surgery faculty welcome McKinney

McKinney_ShawnDr. Shawn Avril McKinney, an assistant professor of surgery, breast oncology, at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University, Huntington, W.V., has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of surgery specializing in breast disease.

After receiving the B.S. in chemistry magna cum laude from Xavier University, New Orleans, in 1993, McKinney earned the M.D. at the Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga., in 1997. She had residency training in surgery from 1997-2002 at the Morehouse School of Medicine and a fellowship in surgical breast oncology from 2002-03 at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.

She has been with University Physicians and Surgeons, Inc., at the Joan C. Edwards Comprehensive Breast Center ever since.

A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, McKinney is an active member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the National Consortium of Breast Centers. She has made 12 invited presentations nationwide, all covering various aspects of breast disease.

Her specific interests include young patients diagnosed with breast cancer and reducing minority disparities in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and research.

Mom, UMMC welcome New Year’s baby

Along with help from UMMC physicians and Wiser hospital staff, Jasmine Allen delivered the Medical Center’s first baby of the New Year.

Brayden Allen arrived at 4:29 a.m. on Jan. 1, weighing 7 pounds 7 ounces. Allen, who is from Jackson, spoke with local media on New Year’s Day, saying she and her family couldn’t be happier but now with three children – all boys – Brayden would be her last.

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years
* Priscilla Holloway, pharmacy technician, Jackson Medical Mall Retail Pharmacy

20 Years
* Paula French, inpatient nurse, Adult Emergency Department Chest Pain Unit
* Amy Sanders, inpatient nurse, 3 Children’s
* Dr. Mecheri Sundaram, professor of neurology

15 Years
* Tara Goddard, clinical director, Batson Children’s Hospital Administration
* Leigh Watkins, inpatient nurse, Batson Children’s Hospital Emergency Room

10 Years
* Rhea Adams, data quality analyst, Marrow Transplant
* Eva Holtsinger, nursing shift supervisor, Fast Track
* Leah Stockman, ambulatory nurse, School of Dentistry (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology)
* Dale Tallman, radiation safety specialist, Environmental Health and Safety

5 Years
* Warren Carr, orthotics and prosthetics clinical assistant, Orthopedic Surgery
* Pamela Chustz, nurse case manager, Coordinated Care
* Douglas Haynes, officer, Campus Police
* Rebecca Keefer-Rieves, business partner, Human Resources Academics and Research
* Kathy McDuffey, surgical technician, Sterile Processing
* Gretta McNeal, physical therapist, University Hospital Physical Therapy
* Gary Parker, patient services coordinator, Cancer Center-Radiation Oncology
* Deborah Runyan, risk management coordinator, Chief Medical Officer
* Sonya Savage, pharmacist, Pharmacy
* Candace Thomas, ambulatory coder, Charge Entry

Emory fellow to present pharmacology seminar

JIang_JianxiongDr. Jianxiong Jiang, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology at the Emory University School of Medicine, will present "Inflammatory Prostaglandin Signaling Following Status Epilepticus" at noon on Monday, Jan. 6, in room 6A.

The seminar is presented by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

For more information, call Pam Banks at 4-1690.

Learn how to bypass MOOCs at faculty seminar

Cummings_RobertDr. Robert E. Cummings, director of the Center for Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Mississippi, will present the Faculty Scholarship Exchange seminar, “Beyond MOOCs: Online Learning and the Personalized Learning Consortium,” at noon on Thursday, Jan. 9, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be available to the first 75 in attendance.

For more information, call Jessica Green Overby at 4-2810 or email her at

Scientific director to give pharmacology talk

Zeldin_DarrylDr. Darryl C. Zeldin, scientific director, principal investigator and head of the Environmental Cardiopulmonary Disease Group in the Laboratory of Respiratory Biology at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Research Triangle Park, N.C., will present “Characterization of Transgenic Mice with Endothelial-specific Expression of Human CYP4F2” at noon on Friday, Jan. 10, in room CW 106 of the Classroom Wing.

The seminar is presented by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

For more information, call Pam Banks at 4-1690.    

Strick to explain why rats don't play the violin

Strick_PeterDr. Peter Strick, professor and chair of neurobiology, co-director of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, director of the Systems Neuroscience Institute and VA senior research career scientist at the Pittsburgh, Pa., VAMC, will present “Old and New M1: A Tale of Two Motor Areas, or Why Rodents Don’t Play the Violin” from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, in room N617(A)-6A in the School of Medicine.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.

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