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UMMC joins in on Healthcare Build 2013

Habitat for Humanity homeowner Michelle Owens, foreground in pink shirt, thanks leaders of the Jackson-metro's major health-care institutions, from left, Duane O'Neill, president and CEO of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, Claude W. Harbarger, St. Dominic Health Services president, Dr. James Keeton, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs, Todd Lupton, Jackson Market CEO with Health Management Associates, and Mark Slyter, Baptist Health Systems President and CEO, during a build March 28.

UMMC partnered with four major Jackson-area health care institutions to build the Habitat for Humanity of Metro Jackson house. The effort was called Healthcare Build 2013.

Owens is a licensed practical nurse at Hinds Comprehensive Health Medical Center. To view a video of the event, visit

Pianist tickles the ivories for Batson patients

Mississippi native Bruce Levingston, a concert pianist, performs for Batson Children's Hospital patients March 27. Among those enjoying the music are William Curry, a Children's Hospital patient, and Tiffany Key, child life specialist.  Levingston is special adviser on the arts to Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones.

Retiring faculty receive grand adieu at meeting

Dr. Dan Jones, chancellor of the University of Mississippi, presents a retirement certificate to Dr. Owen "Bev" Evans, former chair of the Department of Pediatrics, during the spring faculty meeting March 28 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Dr. Rathi Iyer, professor of pediatrics, also received a retirement citation during the ceremony.

Retiring faculty who were recognized in absentia included Dr. Marcy Petrini, professor of medicine, Dr. Jenny Moffitt, instructor in pediatrics, Dr. Judith O'Jile, associate professor of psychiatry, and Dr. Harry Precheur, professor of dentistry.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

30 Years

* Maxine Ford, administrative services educator, University Hospital Education

15 Years

* Robin French, education administrator, neurosurgery

* Dr. Jose Miguel Hidalgo, assistant professor of psychiatry

* Sandra Powe, clinical trials coordinator, Cancer Research and Registry

* Dr. George Taybos, professor of otolaryngology

10 Years

* Jeannette Arnold Britt, instructor in medicine

* Daphne Brooks, administrative assistant, oncology

* Linda Buckley, administrative assistant, nephrology

* Emily Cole, associate director, Student Services and Records

* James King, plumber, Building Maintenance

* Doris Nell, administrative assistance, Continuing Health Professional Education

5 Years

* Julia Carter, nurse, Lakeland Ophthalmology

* Kenitra Davis, nurse, Grant's Ferry Ob-Gyn

* Kimberly Dukes, nurse manager, Surgical ICU

* Shaphne Jackson, document imaging data specialist, Health Information Management

* Mary Johnson, catering specialist, Food and Nutrition Services

* Shuna Lee, administrative assistant, Orthopedic Surgery

* Emily Lewis, chief, Payor Contracting 

* Nicole Lewis, health information services technician, Health Information Management

* Dr. Ruisheng Liu, associate professor of physiology and biophysics

* Christine Maric-Bilkan, associate professor of physiology and biophysics

* Bradford Martin, instructor in orthopedic surgery

* Tammy McClain, IT project manager, Information Systems

* Kelly Salmons, radiation therapist, Cancer Center Radiation Oncology

* Latonyla Smith, mental health technician, Pediatric Psychiatry

* Tiffany Smith, transplant coordinator, Kidney Transplant

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.

Batson CH 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.

DIS to launch new Event Management System

The Division of Information Systems will launch a new Event Management System (EMS) for the School of Nursing, the School of Dentistry, the School of Health Related Professions and the Norman C. Nelson Student Union on Monday, April 8.

Medical Center faculty, staff and students may request meeting rooms and conference rooms in those buildings by visiting the UMMC Intranet and selecting Hotspots > Event Management System (EMS). A quick start guide is located on the EMS home page.

Rooms in the Classroom Wing, the upper and lower amphitheatres and the "A" classrooms will be available in the EMS on Aug. 1. Reservations for these rooms can be requested by calling the Student Union Administration Office at 4-1756 or 5-5900.

For more information about the new EMS, call 5-9939.

Sharma to give Hearin Distinguished Lecture

Kumar SharmaDr. Kumar Sharma, director of translational applications, biochemical genetics, director of the Institute of Metabolomic Medicine and professor of medicine, Division of Medical Genetics, at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, will give the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "Translation of Novel Paradigms in Diabetic Complications," from noon-1 p.m. on Monday, April 8, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be provided by the Hearin Foundation.

For more information, email Margie West at

Blue to present education seminar

Amy BlueDr. Amy Blue, professor of family medicine, assistant provost for education and director of Creating Collaborative Care (C3) at the Medical University of South Carolina, will present "The Need for Interprofessional Education in Health Professions Education: Why and How" at noon on Thursday, April 11, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

Lunch will be available to the first 75 in attendance. The seminar is supported in part by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities.

For more information, call Jessica Overby at 4-2810.   

Keeton to host 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.

Fegan to present health equity lecture

FeganDr. Claudia M. Fegan, chief medical officer at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and past president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), will give the UMMC Health Equity Lecture, "The Struggle for Health Care Justice," at noon on Friday, April 19, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

Lunch will be available to the first 100 in attendance. The seminar is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor and the Bower Foundation.

The Health Equity Series is a program of the Division of Multicultural Affairs. For more information, call 4-1339.  

Avruch to give Hearin Distinguished Lecture

AvruchDr. Joseph Avruch, professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School, chief of the diabetes unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the NIH-sponsored Boston Area Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center, will present the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "mTOR, IGF2 MRNA Binding Proteins and Type 2 Diabetes," at noon on Thursday, April 25, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be provided by the Hearin Foundation.

For more information, email Margie West at

Conference to discuss peds congenital heart

Jonas RDr. Richard Jonas, chief of cardiac surgery and codirector of the Children's National Heart Institute, Children's National Medical Center, will be the keynote speaker at the Congenital Heart Conference on Saturday, April 27, at the Medical Center.

The conference, a multidisciplinary symposium on congenital heart disease, is presented by the Children's Heart Center and the Mississippi Radiological Society.

Dr. Makram Ebeid, division chief and director of the Pediatric Catheterization Lab and Hybrid Interventions, and Dr. David Wessel, chief of critical care medicine and cardiology, Children's National Medical Center, are scheduled to speak, along with three visiting experts in pediatric congenital heart disease: Dr. Nancy Ayres and Dr. Wayne J. Franklin of the Baylor College of Medicine and Dr. Kelly Han of the Children's Heart Clinic in Minneapolis, Minn.

For more information or to register, call 4-1300 or visit

Class to make IMPACT on teen drivers

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

The one-day class 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 class is scheduled for Saturday, April 27. Space is limited.

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

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