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Gov. Phil Bryant, UM Chancellor Dan Jones break ground for new School of Medicine building

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. and other special guests join Dr. Dan Jones, Ole Miss chancellor, and Dr. James Keeton, UMMC vice chancellor, in the ceremonial ground-breaking for a new School of Medicine on Monday, Jan. 7 on the UMMC campus.
Construction on the new 151,000 square-foot facility will begin later this year, and once complete, the additional classroom and laboratory space will allow the school to increase each incoming class from 135 to more than 160 students. It is estimated this will have a $1.7 billion economic impact on Mississippi by 2025, and those addition physicians will support more than 19,000 new jobs.
Pictured at the ground-breaking are (from left) Bradley Deere, third-year medical student; Dr. Ruth Black, director of Pastoral Services; Blake Wilson; Johnson; Dr. Hank Bounds, commissioner of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning; Bryant; Keeton; Philip Gunn, speaker of the House of Representatives; Lynn Fitch, state treasurer; and Dr. LouAnn Woodward, associate vice chancellor for health affairs and vice dean of the School of Medicine.  (Larger photo)

Arizona marathon athletes visit University Rehabilitation Center

Grant Berthiaume (front row, from left) of Arizona, Paul Erway of Kentucky and Aaron Roux of Arizona visited University Rehabilitation Center at UMMC on Thursday, Jan. 3, to talk with patients and give a presentation as they prepare to race in Saturday's Mississippi Blues Marathon in Jackson. The race launched their goal to race in 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 weeks. Their year-long adventure is an effort to raise awareness and funds for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Named after the “Superman” actor injured in a horse-riding accident in 1995, which left him paralyzed from the neck down, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to discovering treatments and a cure for spinal cord injuries.

On hand to meet the athletes were Shelly Poole (back row, from left), administrator of rehabilitation services at UMMC; and URC staff members Boon Ong, physical therapist; Amy Fountain, physical therapist; Holly Burney, occupational therapist; and Meredith Duncan, occupational therapist.  (Larger image)

Modified cafeteria hours start Monday, Jan. 7

Food and nutrition services staff have received an overwhelmingly positive response to the new cafeteria.  In response to customer feedback, small improvements continue to be made. After surveying members of the night force, new hours are being adopted. These hours will help provide sufficient preparation time between meals, allow time each day to deep-clean facilities and equipment, increase variety on the evening and night meal service, and emphasize our patient-food service.  The new hours take effect Monday, Jan. 7: 

Breakfast                  6- 9:30 a.m.
Snack                         9:30-10:30 a.m.
Closed                       10:30-11 a.m.
Lunch                         11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Snack                         2-4:30 p.m.
Closed                        4:30-5 p.m.
Supper                       5-8 p.m.
Snacks                        8-10:30 p.m.
Closed                        10:30- 11 p.m.
Night meal                11 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Closed                        3-6 a.m.

Thank you for your patience and support! 

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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


40 Years

Ivory Bogan, executive director of facilities management,Physical Facilities


20 Years

Teresa Brown, nurse, 5 South

Shawn McCurley, nurse, Maternal Fetal Clinic


15 Years

Barbara Daniels, education administrator, Psychiatry

Mae Young, billing specialist, Central Billing Office


10 Years

* Kristi Chambley, ambulatory nurse, Batson Primary Clinic

* Anna Jackson, medical office assistant, UMMC Cancer Institute

Bob James, pharmacist, Pharmacy

Kerry Marshall, web operations manager, Information Systems

Trina McDowell, patient services coordinator, Jackson Medical Mall

Dr. John M. Schweinfurth, professor of otolaryngology

Ora Young, physician scheduler, University Physicians Scheduling


5 Years

Katie Dodd, imaging technician, Holmes County Hospital

Shannon Eckles, electrician, Building Maintenance

Dr. Jennifer M. Hitt, assistant professor of nursing

Pamela Hooker, administrative assistant, Holmes County Hospital

Heather Jones, medical technologist, Immunopathology

Dr. Christopher J. Lahr, associate professor of surgery

Latoya Walker, health information services technician, Health Information Management

Tracey Wright, senior Epic application coordinator, Information System

Ross to discuss unconscious bias during seminar

Howard RossHoward Ross, founder and chief learning officer of Cook Ross, Inc., will present “Unconscious Bias - The Elephant in the Room,” from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. The presentation will address how unconscious bias develops, how it impacts people and diversity efforts, and how it impacts the creation of successful cultural change. The seminar is presented by the Division of Multicultural Affairs. For more information, call the Division of Multicultural Affairs at 4-1339 or visit

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

Common 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

Gaining access to DataArk for historical (pre-Epic) patient data

The UMMC Mainframe has been decommissioned and historical clinical data formerly housed in EHR Portal, Meditech, AllScripts, Invision and Signature can now be found in DataArk and other historical data viewers. There are a number of ways to access EHR Portal information: Click the DataArk link in the Epic toolbar, click on the Legacy Data icon in Citrix (DataArk must be accessed via Citrix on all Wyse devices), the Intranet Hotspot link for EHR Portal will redirect you to the new location, or go to or type ‘legacydata’ in the address bar when on UMMC’s secure network.

To log into DataArk, enter your UMMC network login plus‘@umc’ (not for the username and your UMMC Employee ID number as the initial password.  For example: John Doe would use jdoe@umc for the username (do NOT include .edu) and his UMMC Employee ID number for the password. Upon login, users will automatically be prompted to change their DataArk password. Change the DataArk password to match your current UMMC network password for consistency.  

For more information on the new locations for all legacy/mainframe application data, please view this updated ‘WhereDo I Find’ document.

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