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Top nurses feted at Nightingale ceremony

The Medical Center's most outstanding nurses were honored at the 2013 Nightingale Award ceremony March 5.

The award winners include, from left, Susan Allbritton, Nurse of the Year; Cissy Bailey, Nurse Manager of the Year; Guyolyn Ousterhout, Nursing Administrator of the Year; LeAnne Adcock, Clinical Practice Nurse of the Year; Darlenia Andrews, Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year; Dr. Kim Hoover, School of Nursing Administrator of the Year; and Dr. Kaye Bender, Hall of Fame inductee. 

Radiologist receives SAR’s best paper award

Smith_AndrewDr. Andrew Smith, assistant professor of radiology and director of radiology research, recently received the Best Research Paper Award at the Society of Abdominal Radiology's annual meeting.

Smith's multi-institutional project focused on the outcomes, complications and costs of care associated with the management of cystic kidney cancer.

Smith collaborated on the paper with colleagues at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Wake Forest, his research team in radiology and urology, UMMC Cancer Center staff, and Dr. Xu Zhang and Dr. Michael Griswold of the Center for Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. The group's work may lead to a multi-institutional prospective clinical trial aimed at reducing complications and costs and changing the management of cystic kidney cancer across the world.

The Society of Abdominal Radiology is an international organization that focuses on advances in diagnosis and intervention in gastrointestinal and genitourinary radiology. 

Christie tapped as SHRP's alumnus of the year

Debbie Christie, center, director of the Department of Cancer Research and Registry, receives the 2013 SHRP Alumnus of the Year Award from Dr. Jessica Bailey, left, interim dean of the School of Health Related Professions, and Sheila Crump, SHRP alumni chapter president, during the annual alumni dinner March 1 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

Christie is a graduate of SHRP's Medical Record Administration Program.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

15 Years

* William Alexander, inpatient nurse, Surgical Suite

* Joann Ball, health information services technician, Health Information Management

* Angela Bates, education administrator, Pediatric Medical Education

* Carmen Howard, clinical data manager, Performance Improvement

* Angela Pittmanclaxton, patient access specialist, Internal Access - Admissions

* Jimmie Robinson, health information services technician, Health Information Management

* Evelyn Spencer, nurse, Wiser Ante Partum

10 Years

* Takeita MacKlin, courier, Transportation and Parking

* Eugene Melvin, EPIC report writer, Information Systems

* Dr. Leandro Mena, associate professor of medicine

* Peter Williams, associate IT support analyst, Information Systems

5 Years

* Christopher Gipson, plumber, Building Maintenance

* Ayanna Hammond, medical office assistant, Mirror Lake Ob-Gyn

* Sheila Hilson, social worker, Pediatric Pulmonary

* Thomas Sullivan, senior compensation analyst, Human Resources

* Yashica Wash, billing specialist, Health Information Management  

Lu to give research presentation

Lu_ZhongpingDr. Zhongping Lu, research fellow in the Laboratory of Mitochondrial Biology and Metabolism, Center for Molecular Medicine, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, will present "SIRT3, a Nutrient-sensing Deacetylase, in the Control of Mitochondrial Homeostasis" at noon on Monday, March 11, in room 6A.

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

Classes to make IMPACT on teen drivers

driverThe Batson Child Safety and Community Outreach Program will host Drivers IMPACT classes for teenage children of Medical Center faculty and students to help them become aware of the reality of dangerous driving.

The one-day classes will include a defensive driving course, a first-responder and trauma patient reenactment and a tour. Participants will have a discussion with a motor vehicle crash survivor about rehabilitation and daily limitations.

The cost is $100 per student. The classes are scheduled for Thursday, March 14 and Saturday, April 27. Space is limited.

For more information, call Elizabeth Foster at 5-6921.

Medical Center to host March blood drive

blood shirt mar 2013Times and Dates for the Medical Center's third quarterly blood drive include:

* 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, March 18, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, March 18, at the University Hospital entrance;

* 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, March 21, outside the Batson Children's Hospital entrance;

* 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the University Hospital entrance; and

* 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the Bailey Ave. side of the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Identification is required to donate. For more information, call Renee Howard at 4-2884.

Marrs to discuss Welty, Art of Diagnosis

marrs_suzanneDr. Suzanne Marrs, professor and Eudora Welty Scholar-in-Residence at Millsaps College, will present "Eudora Welty and the Art of Diagnosis" at noon on Monday, March 18, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

Marrs will discuss Welty's skillful observation in "The Demonstrators," "A Worn Path" and "Where is the Voice Coming From?"

The program, sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Millsaps College and the Mississippi Humanities Council, will explore what a story has to offer to the understanding of patients, their illnesses, the contexts of illness and the potential for intervention and advocacy.

The stories are available in the Collected Stories of Eudora Welty. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis.

For more information, call Pam Wardlaw at 4-1198.

Keeton to present town hall for SOM faculty

Dr KeetonDr. 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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