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Rehab Services wins heart healthy Taste trophy

Members of Rehab Services impressed Taste-goers with their Hawaiian Hideaway display.
From left, Audrey Poole sounds a conch shell as Katie Watkins, in green grass skirt, Boon Ong, Wendy Creel Greif, in blue T-shirt, Kristin Lang, at rear, Stephani Christian, in blue tank-top, and Thomas Hampton, front in orange shorts, carry in the feast.
The team won the Heart Healthy award with judges approving of the Hideaway’s pulled pork and mango salsa. For more Taste of the U pictures, see this week’s CenterView magazine and Taste’s Facebook page.

Nursing honor society inducts UMMC students

Jessica Sinclair, right, BSN student, receives congratulations from Joy Akanji, nurse educator, for being inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau international nursing honor society during a Feb. 4 ceremony at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate nursing students were inducted during the ceremony.

The society recognizes students who demonstrate superior academic achievements, high professional standards, leadership qualities and a commitment to the ideals and purpose of the profession.

IHL honors McClendon as diversity role model

Dr. Katie McClendon, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, receives a diversity recognition award Feb. 21 from Ed Blakesee, right, president of the Board of Trustees, Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning, and Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs.

McClendon was recognized by the IHL "for serving as a role model and strong advocate for the advancement of diversity at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the state of Mississippi."

D-2s receive white coats at ceremony

Cole Collier, second-year-dental student, receives a coat from Dr. Don Presley during the Class of 2015 American College of Dentists White Coat Ceremony Feb. 22 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Long white coats were presented to dental students who marked their third-year transition from pre-clinical to clinical studies, when they see patients chairside.

Practitioner receives customer service kudos

meredith curleyMeredith Curley, a nurse practitioner in otolaryngology, received a customer service award during the monthly hospital leadership meeting Feb. 21 in the Classroom Wing.

Curley was recognized by the awards team for personally helping a young cancer patient schedule a second opinion he needed to determine the best course of action for his illness.

"Meredith has been a real source of strength and compassion for the family (of the patient) during this time by going way beyond the minimum required to advocate for this patient," her award nomination stated.   

NMT students recognized at conference

Nuclear medicine technology (NMT) student Abbey Graham, center, displays the first prize she received during the 36th Nuclear Medicine Update conference Feb. 16-17 in Jackson. Joining Graham are, from left, Sherry West, NMT program director, Dr. Edward Green, assistant professor of radiology, Dr. Vani Vijayakumar, professor of radiology, and Dr. Anson Thaggard, assistant professor of radiology.

NMT students also receiving awards during the conference were Ryan Bostic (second prize) and Melanie Hargett (third prize). Jeff Hood, nuclear medicine technologist, received the Best Technologist Award.

"This is the first time we did it (the conference) in 36 years," Vijayakumar said. "(I am) very proud of all the student presentations."

Pediatrics faculty welcome Kirk

Kirk_Brianna2Dr. Brianna Kirk, a pediatric HIV specialist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving a B.A. in psychology from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, in 2002, Kirk earned her M.D. at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Medical School, Lubbock, Texas, in 2006. She did a pediatric residency at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, Nashville, Tenn., from 2006-09.

Kirk joined the faculty at the Baylor College of Medicine in 2009 as a Pediatric AIDS Corps physician, pediatric HIV specialist and clinical instructor. In 2011, she also became a Global Health Service Corps physician and an assistant professor in the Baylor College of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics, Retrovirology/Global Health.

The author or coauthor of four professional articles in peer-reviewed publications and the author of eight abstracts, Kirk's research interests have centered around pediatric HIV/AIDS care at the Botswana-Baylor Children's Clinical Centre of Excellence, Gaborone, where she has served as vice-chair of the Research Committee.

A member of the Alpha Omega Alpha and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies, Kirk has been a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association.        

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Deborah Jackson, supervisor, Environmental Services

* Glynis King, administrative assistant, Laundry and Linen

* Pamela Peeples, executive assistant, Office of the Vice Chancellor

* Ethelean Riley, accounting clerk, Central Billing Office

* Joyce Warnsley, supervisor, Environmental Services

15 Years

* Glynnis Burton, business operations supervisor, Radiation-Oncology

* Jeremy Kennedy, information security director, Information Systems

* Dr. Birdie Lamarca, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology

10 Years

* Laura Freeman, instructor in pediatric neonatology

* Vickie Lacey, analyst, Compliance

* Rochella Simpson, grant and contract specialist, Advanced General Dentistry

5 Years

* Debra Bogan, call center supervisor, Access

* Ruth Burgess, physical therapist, Pavilion Physical Therapy

* Karen Cloud, billing specialist, Central Billing Office

* Nikki Collins, customer service representative, Quality Improvement

* Lenora Davis, dialysis nurse, Mall Outpatient Dialysis

* Ricky Frazier, inpatient nurse, 2 North

* Maneka Grant, patient services coordinator, Rural Health Clinics

* Ginger Hodges, cardiovascular stepdown nurse, 5 Children's

* Vern Hopson, medical assistant, Pavilion Orthopedic Clinic

* Kathleen Igbineweka, oncology nurse, Cancer Center Oncology Clinic

* Annie Johnson, patient care technician, Adult Rehabilitation Center

* Tabbie Keller, patient care technician, 2 North

* Mary Lee, call center representative, Access

* Ronald Lindsay, machinery mechanic, Building Maintenance-Machinist Shop

* Jeanne Mitchell, medical office assistant, Pavilion Cardiology Clinic

* Shonna Mondy, compensation analyst, Human Resources

* Sara Morrison, inpatient nurse, 3 North

* Ersula Pollard, nurse, Newborn ICU

* Latoshia Robinson, administrative assistant, Radiology Administration

* Ronda Ross, project manager, Pediatrics

* Megan Sandroni, inpatient nurse, 2 Children's

Smith to discuss Parkinson’s, obesity

Smith_WanliDr. Wanli W. Smith, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, will present "The Pathogenesis and Therapeutic Research of Parkinson's Disease and Obesity" at noon on Monday, Feb. 25, in room 6A.

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

Senior executives to host MAP meetings

Senior executive leaders will present a series of half-our Motivating, Achieving and Progressing (MAP) meetings for hospital and clinic staff during February and March.

Meeting times, dates and locations include:

* 2-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in room R153;

* 3:30-4 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in room S123;

* 3-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in room CW308;

* 1-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Community Meeting Room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and

* 3-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the CBO Building in Clinton.

For more information, call 4-4104.

Bickford to give neurobiology presentation

Bickford_MarthaDr. Martha E. Bickford, professor of anatomical sciences and neurobiology at the University of Louisville, will present "The Pulvinar Nucleus and Visual Motion Coding" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

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.

Craigo to present Anesthesia Grand Rounds

Craigo, PaulaDr. Paula Craigo, assistant professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., will give the Anesthesia Grand Rounds presentation, "Conundrums in Obstetric Anesthesia," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in classroom 3A.

For more information, call Kathy Wade-Butler at 4-5914.

Radiothon to benefit Children’s Hospital

Radiothon 2013Radio stations from across central Mississippi will participate in the 12th annual Mississippi Miracles Radiothon to benefit Batson Children's Hospital from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 27-March 1.

Participating stations Jackson's Jack FM, Y 101.7, US 96.3 and Mix 98 and Vicksburg's KHits and River 101, will broadcast live from the lobby of Batson Children's Hospital, while Meridian's 97 OKK, Kiss 104.1, Q101 and 105.7 The Beat will broadcast from Meridian.

Hosts will interview current and former patients and their families and the hospital staff who care for them. Listeners may call in pledges to benefit the hospital.

All donations will be used to fund equipment, research and programs that ensure the hospital is able to provide the most advanced level of medical care for Mississippi's children.

For more information or to make a donation, call 4-KIDS (5437) or toll-free 888-681-KIDS (5437).     

Blakely to give Hearin Distinguished Lecture

BlakelyDr. Randy D. Blakely, Allen D. Bass Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry and director of the Vanderbilt/NIMH Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research, will give the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "Serotonin and Autism: Unraveling 50 Years of Mystery," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, in R354 (upper amphitheatre).

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

The lecture is sponsored by the Mississippi Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Science and the Office of Research.

For more information, e-mail Margie West at

Jose to present Nelson research lecture

Jose, PedroDr. Pedro A. Jose, professor of medicine and physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and adjunct professor of biochemistry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, will give the Gertrude and Florian Nelson Cardiovascular Research Lecture, "Genetics and Pharmacogenetics of Essential Hypertension," at noon on Thursday, March 7, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The lecture is presented by the Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center and is sponsored by the American Heart Association and the Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center. Boxed lunch will be available on a first-come basis.

For more information, call Betsy Davis at 5-1436.

Keeton to present town hall for SOM faculty

Keeton_JamesDr. James E. Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, will conduct a town hall meeting for School of Medicine faculty from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in room R-153 (lower amphitheatre).

Boxed lunches will be provided on a first-come basis.

The presentation will be the first of two town hall meetings Keeton will host for medical school faculty during this calendar year. The next one will take place in the early fall.

The meeting will be videotaped for later playback for those unable to attend in person.

For more information, call 4-1100.  

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