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Thousands of rad runners race to benefit BCH

More than 8,000 answer the starting gun for the inaugural Color Me Rad 5K in Jackson's Fondren neighborhood. Part of the Zippity Doo Dah Weekend festivities, proceeds from the race benefit Friends of Children's Hospital. (Enlarge Image)

State legislature honors UMMC pediatrician

Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, right, chats with Dr. Hannah Gay, associate professor of pediatrics, and Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, March 19 at the Mississippi Capitol after Gay was honored by the Mississippi Legislature for her role in the discovery of a functionally cured child who had once been infected with HIV.

On the Mississippi Senate floor that morning, Sen. Will Longwitz introduced a resolution to honor Gay that was signed by Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

Ole Miss football coach visits Batson patients

Hugh Freeze, head football coach at the University of Mississippi, signs an autograph for Batson Children's Hospital patient Tyler Jackson on March 19.

Freeze stopped by Children's Hospital to visit with patients, staff and family members while in Jackson for a speaking engagement.

Three nurses receive customer service kudos

From left, Karole Reid, inpatient nurse, Nina Lynch, inpatient nurse, and Verena Spivey, nursing shift supervisor, were recognized for outstanding customer service during the monthly Managers Meeting March 21 in the Classroom Wing.

The nurses were honored for helping to develop a "Clothes Closet" of donated clothing and shoes for patients on 7East and 7West.

Employees in those areas and in the Pediatric Emergency Room often work with a challenging population who don't always have resources to obtain necessary items. Staff in those areas donated or bought the clothing and shoes, organized the items in a closet on 7West, and provided them to patient families as needed.

The staff was recognized at the meeting for filling a need in the community and for the organization.

Neurobiology faculty welcome Webb

Webb_IanDr. Ian C. Webb, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences since August 2012, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences.

After receiving a B.Sc. with honors from Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Canada, in 1998, Webb earned an M.A. in psychology in 2002 and a Ph.D. in psychology in 2007 at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

He served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, from 2007-10, and in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, from 2011-12, before joining the Medical Center.

The coauthor of more than a dozen articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and more than 20 conference presentations in the United States and Canada, Webb serves as an ad hoc reviewer for a number of scientific journals. He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Society for Neuroscience and the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms.

Since joining UMMC, he has administered graduate seminars on the hypothalamic control of behavior and neuroscience methods.      

AOA society inducts 20 UMMC students

Fourth-year medical students inducted into the Mississippi Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society March 7 at the Fairview Inn in Jackson include, from left, Ryves Moore, Caleb Dulaney, Elaine Pigman, Jake Lancaster, Kaitlyn Gilham, Peyton Hines, Sue Park, Andrew Meador, Ashley Emerson, Allison Jones, Julia Thompson and Jim Griffith.

The chapter also inducted seven third-year medical students: William Armstrong, Miles Dunbar, Clara Gomez-Sanchez, Caleb Graham, Benjamin Pace, Brandon Phillips and Erin Smith.

Dominique Pepper received the AOA Resident of the Year Award and Dr. S. Calvin Thigpen, assistant professor of medicine, received the AOA Faculty of the Year Award.

Dr. Gene Hoyme, chief academic officer and president of Sanford Research at the University of South Dakota, discussed the importance of mentorship in an academic career at the event. (Enlarge Image)

AHA/ASA credits UMMC for meeting guidelines

Earl Coleman, second from right, director of quality and systems Improvement for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, presents his organization's 2012-13 Get with the Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Achievement Award to, from left, David Turner, nurse care coordinator, Jaime Blush, nurse manager on 3 South, and Angela McReynolds, inpatient nurse on 3 South, on behalf of the University Comprehensive Stroke Center during the monthly Managers Meeting March 21.

Coleman also presented a 2013 Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award to Neal Kiihnl, manager of the UMMC Stroke Program, at the meeting.

Get With The Guidelines is a hospital-based quality-improvement program that ensures hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. The program addresses coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke.

The goal of the initiative is to improve the quality of life and help reduce deaths and disability among patients with heart disease and stroke.  (Enlarge Image)

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

15 Years

* Frances Spinosa, nurse, Neurosurgery

10 Years

* Olga Golanov, researcher, Orthopedic Surgery

* Latoya Harris, pharmacy technician, Pharmacy

* Linda Holloway, dietitian, Food Service Dietitians

* Claudia Leblanc, administrative assistant, Pharmacy

* Takiyah Martin, information systems auditor, Internal Auditor

* Michael Moore, CT technologist, University Hospital CT

* Bobby Parker, radiologic technologist, Diagnostic Radiology

* Kimberly Rowzee, nurse educator, Adult Nursing Administration

* Gary Sanders, MRI technologist, University Hospital MRI

* Vicky Tygart, supervisor and safety officer, Environmental Health and Safety

* Robert Wall, CT technologist, University Hospital CT

* Janna Whitehead, patient services coordinator, Batson Children's Hospital Emergency Department

5 Years

* Daphne Bogan, laboratory technician, Central Lab Collection

* Christopher Brown, ambassador, Post Anesthesia Care Unit

* Rebecca Ford, physician scheduler, Scheduling

* Robbie Moore, certified medical assistant, Internal Medicine-Cardiovascular Select

* Norman Nail, assistant professor of academic information services

* Angelia Montgomery, medical laboratory technician, School of Medicine

Marrs delivers inaugural humanities lecture

Dr. Ralph Didlake, professor of surgery and director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, presents a framed poster designed around a photograph taken by Eudora Welty to Dr. Suzanne Marrs, professor and Welty Foundation Scholar-in-Residence at Millsaps College, March 18.

An internationally recognized Welty scholar and biographer, Marrs delivered the inaugural Humanities in Medicine lecture discussing medical and diagnostic motifs in Welty's works, "A Worn Path," "The Demonstrators" and "Where Is the Voice Coming From?" During her talk, Marrs delved into Welty's portrayal of characters, their illnesses, the contexts of those illnesses and the potential for intervention and advocacy.

The program was sponsored by the Center for Bioethics, Millsaps College and the Mississippi Humanities Council.

Waterhouse to give neurobiology presentation

waterhouse_barryDr. Barry D. Waterhouse, professor of neurobiology and anatomy and vice-dean for biomedical graduate and postgraduate studies at Drexel University, will present "What's New in the Brain with Dopamine's Little Brother . . . Norepinephrine?" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 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.  

Jiang to speak at Anesthesia Grand Rounds

JiangDr. Yandong Jiang, assistant professor of anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, will give the Anesthesia Grand Rounds presentation, "Can We Eliminate 'Cannot Intubate, Cannot Ventilate?'" at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, in classroom 3A.

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

Tatum panel to discuss advanced directives

tatum lecture 2Dr. Vince Herrin, associate professor of medicine at the UMMC Cancer Center, Dana Brandt, patient advocate in patient affairs, Patrick Hopkins, chair of the Department of Philosophy at Millsaps College, and John Will, a legal scholar at the Mississippi College School of Law, will participate in a panel discussion of advanced directives in a hospital setting during the 2013 Tatum Lecture, scheduled for noon on Tuesday, April 2, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

The panel will examine crucial, unexpected dilemmas that can spring into play when health-care providers and institutions seek to comply with patient wishes across the complexities of contemporary medicine.

The Tatum Lecture honors the late Nancy O'Neal Tatum, a family medicine physician who established UMMC's first formal programs in medical ethics.

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

Clinical Engineering to host open house

microscopeClinical Engineering will host an open house from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, March 29, in room N200-31.

Engineering staff is seeking questions from the Medical Center employees about equipment used in their respective areas. Responses will be delivered during the open house.

For more information or to submit questions, e-mail Eric Herrington at

Pastoral Services to host Good Friday service

Pastoral DoveThe Department of Pastoral Services will host a Good Friday service from noon-12:30 p.m. on March 29 in the UMMC Chapel.

All Medical Center faculty, staff, students, patients and family members are invited.

For more information, call Chaplain Linda McComb at 5-2108.

Roman to give research keynote presentation

RomanDr. Jesse Roman, chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Louisville, Ky., and chief of the medical service at the University of Louisville Hospital, will give the Research Day keynote presentation, "Transitional Remodeling and Nicotinic Receptors: An Overarching Hypothesis of Pre-disease States of the Lung," at noon on Thursday, April 4, in conference center B on the second floor of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

For more information, call Janice Swinton at 5-1094.

Heckler to present Hendrix lectures

Heckler_FredrickDr. Frederick R. Heckler, system division chief of plastic surgery in the West Penn Allegheny Health System, Pittsburgh, Pa., will give two James Harvey Hendrix Jr. Lectureship in Surgery presentations: "Confessions of a Non-academic Academician" at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the Fairview Inn in Jackson, and "Local Flaps for Facial Cutaneous Defects" at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 5, at the Fairview Inn in Jackson.

The presentations are sponsored by the Department of Surgery - Division of Plastic Surgery.

For more information, call Theressa White at 4-5084.

BCH to host Service of Remembrance

Batson LogoBatson Children's Hospital will host its annual Service of Remembrance at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, in the Children's Cancer Center lobby.

The service will honor the memory of Batson Children's Hospital and pediatric emergency room patients who died in 2012. The service is sponsored by the Batson Children's Hospital Healing and Understanding through Grief Support (HUGS) Committee.

All Medical Center faculty and staff are invited. For more information, call Chaplain Linda McComb at 5-2108.

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