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Gauze cutting christens MIND Center Clinic

Friends and supporters of The MIND Center gathered March 6 for a "gauze cutting" to open a new clinic for Alzheimer's and dementia patients in Suite F at the University Physicians Pavilion.  Doing the honors are (from left) Dr. Gwen Windham, MIND Center Clinic director; Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs: Ambassador John Palmer, chair, MIND Center board; and Dr. Tom  Mosley, MIND Center director.

State's top nurses receive Nightingale prizes

Dr. Barbara Rogers, left, retired longtime School of Nursing faculty, displays the award she received signifying her induction into the Mississippi Nurses Association Hall of Fame, and Jacqueline Carrillo, nurse practitioner, poses with her Nurse of the Year Award after the 2014 Nightingale Award ceremony March 3 at the Downtown Marriott in Jackson.
Other UMMC nurses garnering honors for their exceptional service in the nursing and health-care industry in Mississippi included Dr. Barbara Boss, Nurse Faculty Member of the Year; Dr. Kristi Henderson, Nurse Innovator of the Year; Dr. Deborah Konkle-Parker, Nurse Researcher of the Year; and Sarah Gilbert, Clinical Practice Nurse of the Year.

Handshake cements TESCAN grant agreement

Dr. Kristi Henderson, left, chief advanced practice medical officer and director of the Center for Telehealth, shakes hands with Trina George, Mississippi state director of USDA rural development, to signify the Medical Center's acceptance of the United States Department of Agriculture and the Appalachian Regional Commission's TESCAN grant March 6 in Telehealth's "control room" on the fourth floor of the UBS Building in Jackson. 

The three-year, $578,360 "Telemedicine Emergency and Specialty Care for Appalachia in North Mississippi" grant extends telehealth services to 10 hospitals and health-care facilities in the northern and north central regions of the state.

Cushing joins plastic surgery faculty

Cushing_CarolynDr. Carolyn A. Cushing has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery.

After receiving the B.A. in microbiology and psychology cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin, Cushing earned her M.D. cum laude at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 2006 and completed a plastic and reconstructive surgery residency there in 2012. She furthered her training with a hand surgery fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine in 2013.

Cushing is an active candidate member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. At UMMC, she will focus on hand and general plastic surgery.

Physiology faculty welcome postdoc fellow

Palei_AnaDr. Ana Carolina T. Palei, a postdoctoral research fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology and biophysics.

After graduating from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirao Preto, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2006, Palei earned the Ph.D. in pharmacology at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, State University of Campinas, Brazil, in 2010. She then did a postdoctoral research fellowship at UMMC from 2011-13.

She is the author or coauthor of 42 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and more than 30 abstracts in national and international conferences.

Electrophysiologist joins medicine faculty

Rhodes_TroyDr. Troy E. Rhodes, a cardiac electrophysiologist from the Ohio State University Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

Before medical school, Rhodes received his PhD in biomedical sciences-neurosciences from Old Dominion University and Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1996. He received his MD from EVMS in 2002. He completed internal medicine residency (2002-04) and cardiology fellowship (2004-08) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, followed by cardiac electrophysiology fellowship (2008-10) at Ohio State University Medical Center. Following fellowship, he joined the OSUMC faculty as a clinical assistant professor of medicine.

Rhodes is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology and electrophysiology, a certified cardiac device specialist, and a fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society. He has authored or coauthored 13 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 24 abstracts and two book chapters.

Rhodes specializes in treating patients with arrhythmias (AF, SVT, PVCs, VT), syncope and cardiac devices (pacemakers, ICDs, loop monitors). He performs electrophysiologic testing and ablation procedures as well as device implants and lead extractions. His research interests include evaluating new cardiac devices and ablation therapies. He completed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI’s) Patient Safety Executive Development Program in 2013 and was involved in patient safety and quality improvement while at Ohio State.

Jones, Keeton to speak at faculty meeting

Jones_KeetonDr. Dan Jones, University of Mississippi chancellor, and Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, are scheduled to speak at the spring faculty meeting at noon on Wednesday, April 2, 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. Lunch will be available.

For more information, call Dorothy at 5-4883.


Dr. John Bethea, assistant professor of anesthesiology, has been elected president-elect of the Mississippi Society of Anesthesiologists (MSA), while Dr. Page Branam, assistant professor of anesthesiology, was elected to a three-year team as MSA secretary/treasurer and Dr. John Lutz, house officer in anesthesiology, was elected as a resident member of the MSA's Executive Committee.

The name of the organization was misidentified in the March 2-9 issue of This Week at UMMC.

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Bernard Niemeyer, director, Purchasing

20 Years

* Trina Dobson, respiratory therapist, Respiratory Therapy

* Faye Williams, technician, Environmental Services

* Lydia Williams, patient financial services representative, Internal Access

15 Years

* Frank Acree, applications coordinator/analyst, Information Systems

* William Nelson, social worker, Utilization Management

10 Years

* Amy Kraus, education administrator, Orthopedic Surgery

* Jacqueline Lewis, unit secretary, Bone Marrow Unit

* Genette Liddell, unit secretary, Post Anesthesia Care Unit

* Pamela Mitchell, administrative assistant, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

* Gwendolyn Moore, laundry worker, Laundry and Linen

5 Years

* Lori Dougherty, administrative assistant, General Surgery

* Victoria Hardy, patient care technician, Pediatric Psychiatry

* Stephen Houck Jr., flight paramedic, Helicopter Transport

* Dana McCarroll, inpatient nurse, 7 West

* Elmer Nielsen, inpatient nurse, Emergency Department

* Gladys Peters, facilitator, Patient Affairs

* Bobby Walker, inpatient nurse, 7 East

* Ronald Young, unit secretary, Surgical Suite

Radiologist to discuss cancer management

Moeslein_FredDr. Fred Moeslein, assistant professor of radiology and radiation oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will give the Radiology-Internal Medicine Grand Rounds presentation, "Integration of Selective Internal Radiotherapy into the Management of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information about the presentation, call Patrick Robbins at 4-5000.

Humanities in Medicine to examine dueling

Forbes_AmyThis year’s Humanities in Medicine program will consider a precursor to alternative dispute resolution that was less amicable but more definitive – the duel.
Millsaps history professor Amy Wiese Forbes will present “Doctors and Dueling: Establishing Medical Authority in French New Orleans” at 12 noon on Tuesday, March 18 in the upper amphitheater (R354).  A box lunch will be provided to the first 100 attendees.

Dr. Forbes is associate professor of history and director of European studies at the college. The event is sponsored by the UMMC Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities.

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