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Jones, Keeton to speak at fall faculty meeting

Jones_KeetonDr. Dan Jones, University of Mississippi chancellor, Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, and Dr. Hank Bounds, Mississippi's Commissioner of Higher Education, will speak at the fall faculty meeting scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Jones and Keeton will provide an update for the university and the Medical Center in the next fiscal year. The event will include recognition of faculty with 20 years of service.

Boxed lunches will be available on a first-come basis. Faculty who have met their 20-year service requirement but have not received a chair may call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883 or email her at

Art auction benefits pediatric cancer patients

2014 Candlelighters Calendar cover artist Bill Wilson, second from left, visits with Candlelighters Art Auction attendees, from left, Batson Children's Hospital patients Calen Gilstrap, Adam Whitley and Mary Ellis Cravey, Dr. Gail Megason, professor of pediatrics, and Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs.

All proceeds from the Candlelighters' 33rd auction Oct. 3 at the Country Club of Jackson benefit children with cancer treated at BCH.

Hospital gift shop celebrates grand reopening

University Hospital gift shop staff, from left, Lane Johnson, manager, Angela Robinson, director, Leah Lambert, buyer, and Kayla Pfister, manager, cut a ribbon to officially reopen the shop during a "Grand Reopening" reception Oct. 2.

Located on the first floor of University Hospital, the shop offers a variety of gifts, snacks, drinks, flowers and greeting cards.

The gift shop on the first floor of the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants also reopened in September.

UP-Grant’s Ferry staff host healthy festival

Nurses from the University Physicians-Grants Ferry Clinic lead local children in healthy activities for youth during the clinic's third-annual Health Fest Sept. 28.

Several Medical Center departments participated in the event, including University Heart, Pediatric Allergy, Pediatric Dentistry, Oral Health Associates, the ACT Center, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, ENT and Audiology.

Also on hand for the health fest were the Batson Children's Hospital ambulance (the only pediatric ambulance in the state), an AirCare helicopter, Mississippi Blood Services personnel and members of the Flowood Fire Department.

(Photo courtesy of Rod Simmons)

Family medicine faculty receives quality award

Shannon Pittman, left, associate professor of family medicine, receives the Q Award from Dr. Marion Wofford, professor of medicine and medical director of University Hospital, during a recent awards ceremony at the Medical Center.

Pittman was nominated for the award by Keith Hodges, director of quality and clinical system improvement, who described Pittman as an "engaged member of the Ambulatory Operations Council."

"While she may be a family medicine provider, she consistently inquires how decisions or projects will affect all of ambulatory practices," Hodges wrote. "This shows her commitment to holistic patient care and to the organization as a whole."

Dr. Diane Beebe, professor and chair of family medicine, said Pittman "is able to see the big picture and work toward what is best, not only for family medicine, but for the institution.

"She devotes time and energy to campus-wide and multidisciplinary activities with the overarching goal being outstanding patient care and medical teaching."

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.

Receptions honor cancer patients, caregivers

Vera Malone, right, of Sallis, visits with Dr. Barbara Craft, center, assistant professor of medicine and an oncologist, and Deborah Simpson, breast services administrative assistant, during the first of four receptions hosted by the University Cancer Care Breast Services team as part of a national breast cancer awareness campaign Oct. 3.

The team showed its support and encouragement for breast cancer patients and their caregivers by hosting the receptions, which will continue every Thursday through the month of October. Refreshments and gift bags for patients and caregivers will be available at each event.

Health Care Medical, which is cosponsoring the receptions, will host a display of mastectomy items. Breast services staff also will be selling 2013 Breast Cancer T-shirts at a discounted price, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society's Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk.

For more information about the receptions, call 5-2005.

Goldberg to present neurobiology seminar

GoldbergDr. Michael Goldberg, David Mahoney Professor of Brain and Behavior in the Departments of Neuroscience, Neurology, Psychiatry and Ophthalmology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and director of the Division of Neurobiology and Behavior at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, will present "Parietal Mechanisms for Spatially Accurate Perception and Behavior" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in room 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.

Mengel to give cardiology documentation talk

Dr. Marvin Mengel, an Orlando, Fla.-based diabetes, metabolism and endocrinology expert, will give the Medical Documentation Guidelines-2013 presentation, "Cardiology Documentation: How to Say What You Mean," from noon-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, in classroom 5A.

The presentation is sponsored by the Office of Integrity and Compliance. For more information or to register, email Nikki Smith at

Hill to present Hearin Distinguished Lecture

James O HillDr. James O. Hill, Anschutz Professor of Health and Wellness, professor of pediatrics and medicine and executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, will give the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecure Series presentation, "Promoting Wellness from the Leanest to the Fattest States in the U.S.," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

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

For more information, email Margie West at

Alexandrov to speak at stroke symposium

AlexandrovDr. Andrei V. Alexandrov, professor and director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at the University of Alabama Hospital, will be the featured speaker at the University Comprehensive Stroke Program's 2013 Stroke Symposium from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, at Table 100 in Flowood.

Anyone interested in the care of stroke patients is invited to the one-day conference. CE credit is available to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, therapists and social workers.

Fees range from $95 to $125. For more information or to register, call Pam Hargett at (601) 613-5836.

Nivet to present health equity lecture

Nivet MarcDr. Marc Nivet, chief diversity officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges, will present "Disappearing Acts: Minority Males in the Health Professions" at noon on Monday, Oct. 21, in lecture room 1A in the School of Health Related Professions.

The presentation is in conjunction with the Health Equity and Leadership Institute, a newly funded project by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to increase academic achievement and advancement of underrepresented males interested in health careers.

Lunch will be available for the first 100 in attendance. For more information, email Dr. Juanyce Taylor at

Participants sought for annual Heart Walk

Heartwalk 2013University Heart is seeking participants to serve as a team captain or to join its team as a walker in the Metro Jackson Heart Walk scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Mississippi State Capitol.

Dr. Mart McMullan, professor of surgery and senior advisor to the vice chancellor for clinical affairs, is the Heart Walk Champion. The walk supports the American Heart Association and provides direct research support to UMMC.

Registration and opening ceremonies are to begin at 8 a.m. with the walk to follow at 9:15 a.m.

T-shirts are available for $15 each and will be sold from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, in the lobby next to the Methodist Rehabilitation entrance.

For more information, email Angela Gartrell at or visit and select "Join an Existing Team" and select "UMMC."

S-E Health to offer free flu vaccinations

Get Flu ShotThe Office of Student-Employee Health will provide free flu vaccinations for Medical Center faculty and staff during a Flu Blitz from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, in four locations: the Clinical Sciences hallway, the Rowland Medical Library hallway, the hallways between the Batson and Wiser hospitals and the University Hospital lobby.

All UMMC employees are strongly encouraged to participate. Volunteers are needed to help register and give injections during the Blitz.

For information about volunteer opportunities, call Jane Free at 4-4540; for more information about the Blitz, call 5-5563 or email

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Margo Carter, senior business analyst, Business Administration

* Eddie Davisjenkins, unit secretary, 4 Children's

* Dennis Demesa, nurse, Batson Children's Hospital Emergency Department

15 Years

* Duane Garrett, courier, Shipping Receiving

10 Years

* Ronnie Bagwell, sergeant, Campus Police

* Octavius Bennett, anesthesia technician, Anesthesia

* Sherry Ford, education coordinator, Emergency Medicine

* Dr. Lusha Xiang, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics

5 Years

* Christy Adkinson, surgical technician, University Hospital Surgical Suite

* Brian Carroll, inpatient nurse, Neuroscience ICU

* Stacy Davis, program administrator, Cardiovascular Renal Research

* Mary Luckett, nurse manager, Jackson Medical Mall Outpatient Dialysis

* Angela Miller, nurse care coordinator, Cardiology

* Tamika Sanders, telephone operator, Information Systems

* Katrina Sims, dialysis technician, Jackson Medical Mall Outpatient Dialysis

* Rosie Smith, inpatient nurse, 3 North

* Stephanie Sumlin, nurse manager, Gastro Lab

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