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HHN magazine lists UMMC among 'most wired'

Most_wired_logo_smUMMC was recently named to the 2014 “Most Wired” list for health-care facilities by Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine.

This is the second time UMMC has been recognized with the honor.

In partnership with the American Hospital Association, the magazine conducts the survey each year to recognize organizations for excellence in IT services and technology deployment in patient care.

Most Wired hospitals - those that meet a set of rigorous criteria across four operational categories - have made tremendous gains by using IT to reduce the likelihood of medical errors.

To read more about UMMC receiving this distinction, click here

Speaker visits with tomorrow's rural physicians

Phillip Gunn, center, Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, talks with recipients of the 2014 Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship after the presentation ceremony July 10 at the Ole Capitol Museum.

The first-year medical students include, front row from left, Kaycee Burcham of Iuka, Evan Ciarloni of Grenada, Holly Ables of Florence, Rachel Sharp of Sturgis, Meagan Henry of Pontotoc and Robert Barnes of Coldwater, and second row from left, Ben Lambert of Como, Ryan Humphries of Louisville, Nichola Boullard of Brandon, Brad Murray of Glen and Johnny McKenzie of Tylertown. (Click to enlarge image)

Authorized by the Mississippi Legislature in 2007, the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program identifies rural college students who aspire to return to their roots to practice medicine. Academic enrichment, faculty and physician mentoring and solid financial support are hallmarks of the program, which enables capable young Mississippians to address the challenge of the state’s health-care crisis in their respective rural hometowns.

Grad students capture School Cup competition

Peter Mittwede, Associated Student Body president, awards the School Cup to Ellen Gillis, class president of the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, winners of the school-based competition for the 2013-14  academic year.

Hosted annually by the ASB, the cup represents friendly competition among the six schools at UMMC. The schools are awarded points for philanthropic involvement, intramural sports and other campus-wide competitions.

NIH selects psychiatrist for NMB study section

 Platt_DonnaThe National Institutes of Health has selected Dr. Donna Platt, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, to serve a six-year term on its Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior Study Section, Center for Scientific Review.

As a member of the study section, Platt will review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board and survey the status of research in her field of science.

In Memoriam

Jerry Bridgers, a longtime director of biomedical services at UMMC, died in June.

A staunch respiratory therapy advocate, Bridgers was an active member of the American Association for Respiratory Care and served as president of the Mississippi Society of the AARC several times. The MSRC established the Jerry Bridgers Achievement Award in 2006.

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Dr. Kenneth R. St. John, associate professor of biomedical materials science, School of Dentistry

20 Years

* Dr. William R. Boyte, professor of pediatric palliative medicine, School of Medicine

15 Years

* Kayla Abraham, assistant professor of occupational therapy, School of Health Related Professions

* Patty Carr, administrative assistant, School of Health Related Professions (General Administration)

* Dr. Sheila Lindley, associate professor of orthopedic surgery, School of Medicine

* Lyda Sullivan, administrative assistant, School of Medicine (Surgery)

10 Years

* Dr. Nathan K. Beavers, assistant professor of pediatric dentistry and community oral health, School of Dentistry

* Yolanda Branch, unit secretary, Batson Children’s Hospital (3C Pediatric Unit)

* Dino Gilliam, psychiatric technician, Emergency Services (Psychiatry)

* Jacqueline Moore, oncology nurse, Oncology Clinic-Cancer Center

* Veronnica McDuffey Taylor, operations director, School of Medicine (Pediatric Child Development)

5 Years

* Amanda Barrett, billing specialist, Patient Financial Services

* Deanna Bennett, patient financial services representative, Internal Access Pre-arrival

* Gregory Cavett, food preparation specialist, Food and Nutrition Services

* Martha Flowerday, executive assistant, School of Nursing Dean’s Office

* Amishau Harmon, transfer coordinator nurse, Patient Transfer and Flow

* Sharon Newell, administrative assistant, Family Medicine Administration

* Anna Odom, nurse, Batson Children’s Hospital (2C Pediatric Unit)

* Susan Thompson, oncology nurse, Oncology Clinic-Cancer Center

* Shujun Wang, ambulatory coder, Charge Entry

CE course to help dentists keep crowns in mind

 CE_DentThe School of Dentistry will sponsor a Continuing Education workshop for dentists who provide Zirconia restorations to pediatric patients, “Crowns Esthetically Designed with Children in Mind,” from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, in the school’s simulation suite.

For more information or to register, visit

SHRP to dispense DHA program info Aug. 21

The School of Health Related Professions will host an informational session on the Doctorate of Health Administration Program from 3-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, in room SH134.

The DHA program is a professional doctorate that uses a cohort model and is designed for, but not limited to, part-time nontraditional students. The program uses an online option as the primary method of course delivery.

To register, visit; for more information call Farrah Banks at 4-6332 or email her at


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