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Family medicine staff relays myChart message

Department of Family Medicine staff, from left, Alicia Hall, nurse, Gerry Gray-Lewis, nurse manager, and Iva Perkins, instrument and supply tech, show off the “Ask Me About myChart” T-shirts that department staff designed to be worn at each clinic every Friday.

The campaign encourages patients to sign up for the system that allows them to access their own medical records online.

Family Medicine is using several efforts to promote the benefits myChart provides as University Physicians continues to push for more enrollment across campus, said Billy R. Permenter, business administrator of family medicine.

To purchase a $15 myChart T-shirt, visit and select “UMMC.”

MORA lauds UMMC for organ, tissue donation

UMMC representatives receive the Hospital Excellence Award from the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, given to medical facilities that meet one or more national organ donation criteria.

Pictured are, from left, UMMC employees Jennifer Stephen, Ashley Hardy-Moore, Lee Ann Lutken, Shannon Wentz and Michelle Welander; and MORA CEO Kevin Stump.

UMMC is among hospital, medical, corporate and donor partners recognized by the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency for tireless work to promote organ, eye and tissue donation.

At the inaugural Spero Awards hosted by MORA’s Donate Life Mississippi on July 10, the Medical Center captured four of the 15 awards presented to individuals and institutions statewide. 

UMMC received the Physician Champion Award, Best Hospital Leadership Award, Gift of Life Award and a Hospital Excellence Award, given in recognition of achievement in national organ donation performance standards. 

“They are the ones who make miracles happen,” Kevin Stump, MORA chief executive officer, said of UMMC and other winners. 

The word “spero” is Latin for hope. MORA officials said that title was chosen to reflect the hope that organ and tissue donation brings to those in need of a life-saving organ or life-enhancing tissue transplant. 

Beauty queens visit Children’s Hospital patients

2014 Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray, center, and 2014 Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Grace Munro visit with Batson Children's Hospital patient Hunter Edwards of Vicksburg recently.

To view a video of the visit, click here.

Shriver Institute taps psychiatrist for committee

 Dr_PaulDr. Ian A. Paul, professor of psychiatry and assistant director of the Division of Neurobiology and Behavior Research, has been appointed to serve as a permanent member of the Pediatrics (CHHD-A) Review Committee for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/National Institutes of Health.

Paul will serve a four-year term beginning in October.

The Pediatrics Study Section reviews R, K and P01 mechanism applications in various areas of pediatrics, such as obesity, endocrinology, metabolism, pulmonology, critical care, neonatology, perinatology, pharmacology, genetic disorders, cancer, infectious diseases, nutrition, neurological and psychological development, behavior, traumatic brain injury, and other areas.

Bulldog gridiron contingent make trip to Batson

Batson Children's Hospital patient Tammie Young of Greenville and her friend, Makayla Malone, enjoy a surprise visit from Mississippi State mascot Bully and head football coach Dan Mullen, along with players Jamaal Clayborn, left, and Justin Malone.

To view a video of the visit, click here.

Jones named to health disparities institute post

 Jones_MichaelMichael Jones, chief community health officer, has been named deputy director of the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities.

In that role, Jones will direct day-to-day operations of the institute to improve health outcomes for Mississippians. He also will direct the Mississippi Healthy Linkages Initiative, a collaboration between the Medical Center, the Mississippi State Department of Health, and 21 federally qualified health center in the state to address the various causes of health-care challenges experienced by some of Mississippi’s most vulnerable citizens.

Jones also directs the Community Health Advocate Program that partners with the faith-based community and others to train lay people to assist individuals in their communities to adopt healthy lifestyles.

UMMC Committee Book now available online

 Committee_BookThe 2014-15 Medical Center Committee Book is now available on the UMMC Intranet.

The book includes standing committees for the Medical Center and listings for all five schools and University Hospitals and Clinics.

To access the book on the UMMC Intranet, click the blue Education tab and select “UMMC Committees” from the U Education Links section or visit

No printed copies of the book will be made available. For more information, call Dorothy at 5-4883.

Campus Police release June crime statistics

 HandcuffsCampus Police reported 13 larceny thefts, one assault and two arrests in June.

To report crime on campus, call Campus Police at 5-3072.

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. Ray Holder Jr., professor of dentistry (Advanced General Dentistry)

* Kathleen Pipitone, faculty services director, School of Medicine (Faculty Affairs)

* Joanne Turner, sonography nurse, Fetal Center

20 Years

* James Baham, carpenter, Building Maintenance

* Robert Maye, painter, Building Maintenance

15 Years

* Tommie Edwards, LPN, School of Medicine (Family Medicine)

10 Years

* Clara Bonner, technician, Environmental Services

* Adrienne Murray, children’s perioperative services director, Batson Children’s Hospital Administration

5 Years

* Dr. Benjamin J. Anderson, house officer, School of Dentistry (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology)

* April Hunt, nurse practitioner, School of Medicine (Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences)

* Eddie Leflore, officer, Campus Police

* Kristy Lewis, medical office assistant, School of Dentistry (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology)

* Kalesha Mosley, business operations supervisor, Pavilion Suite G (Internal Medicine)

* Heather Perry, medical technologist, Clinical Lab (Chemistry)

* Timothy Ransom, food preparation specialist, Food and Nutrition Services

* Elizabeth Sobotka, social worker, University Hospital (Utilization Management)


Llewellyn-Smith to deliver Women’s Health talk

 Ida_SmithDr. Ida Llewellyn-Smith, professor of medicine at Flinders University, Bedford Park, South Australia, and adjunct professor of physiology at Wayne State University, Detroit, will give the Women’s Health Research Center presentation, “Changes in Uterine Innervation during Pregnancy and Post-partum in the Rat,” from 4-5 p.m. on Monday, July 21, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, email

Emory pathologist to discuss prostate cancer

 MorenoDr. Carlos Moreno, associate professor of pathology at Emory University School of Medicine, will be the guest lecturer and Freddie White-Johnson, founder and president of the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation and program director for the Mississippi Network for Cancer Control and Prevention at the University of Southern Mississippi, will discuss community efforts to fight prostate cancer deaths in the Mississippi Delta at a Prostate Cancer Research Mini Symposium from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, in second-floor conference rooms A and B at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The symposium will include presentations by Cancer Institute researchers Dr. Anait Levenson and Dr. Yin-Yuan Mo. Six Jackson State University and Tougaloo College students who have spent weeks working with UMMC prostate cancer researchers also will give presentations.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Cynthia Wall at 5-3468.

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