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Mannings, UMMC join forces for a healthier MS

Archie Manning, standing, announces on July 23 the launch of a campaign to boost the Medical Center’s commitment to improving the health of the state’s residents: the Manning Family Fund for a Healthier Mississippi. Seated behind him are his wife Olivia Manning and Dr. James Keeton, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. With this initiative, the state’s "First Family of Football" has loaned its celebrated name to the cause of bettering the lives of all Mississippians.​ 

For the full story on this new partnership, click here, or to participate in the drive, visit

MPB expands Southern Remedy's radio lineup

southernremedylogo_lineMississippi Public Broadcasting announced last week an expansion for MPB Think Radio's flagship wellness program "Southern Remedy." 

On Aug. 4, the show will air from 11 a.m.-noon every weekday. Also, the number of hosts will grow from one to five.

Each day will have a different health-related topic, such as health and fitness, behavioral health, kids and teens' health, and women's health, and will be hosted by a UMMC physician from that area.

“We want to offer more local content that speaks to the needs of Mississippians,” said Ronnie Agnew, MPB executive director. “This new schedule will celebrate our state and challenge our listeners to improve their lives and the state as a whole.

"We are particularly excited to expand our partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center in producing ‘Southern Remedy.’”

 "Our partnership with MPB through ‘Southern Remedy’ has allowed us to get the message of health and healthy living to more Mississippians than ever before,” said Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs. “The expansion of this program and the inclusion of more of our talented expert physicians will allow us to reach and help even more people."

Dr. Susan Buttross, UMMC professor of pediatrics, will be included in that list of hosts. Her show, "Relatively Speaking," which currently airs on MPB Radio at 9 a.m. Mondays and has a large following, will become part of the Southern Remedy lineup and move to Tuesdays at the show's new time, 11 a.m.

UMMC's Public Affairs office coordinates the Medical Center's activities with MPB.

MiracleHome 2014

Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce President Mark Petro, City of Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee, Friends of Children's Hospital president Leigh Reeves, Trustmark Executive Vice President George Gunn and MiracleHome builder Scott Shoemaker cut the first board for framing at the 2014 Batson Children’s Hospital MiracleHome, presented by Trustmark National Bank. The home is located in the Enclave subdivision in Ridgeland. Only 6,000 tickets are being sold before the December 6th giveaway date.  Click here for more information.

Lamp 2014

Janet Harris, left, chief nursing executive officer, adult hospitals, and Terri Gillespie, chief nursing officer, Children's Hospital, give James Polson, director, clinical CT surgery, a pin and certificate for completing the LAMP (Leading Through Applied Management Principles) class at the program's July 25 graduation ceremony.

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Phyllis Anfanger, sonography nursing shift supervisor, Fetal Center

* Valerie Graham, billing specialist, Charge Entry

20 Years

* Ava Scott, manager, Cancer Research and Registry

* Jimmy Williams, cardiovascular/interventional technologist, Interventional Radiology Services

15 Years

* Dr. William Mustain, professor of otolaryngology and communicative sciences

10 Years

* Christie Adams, radiologic technologist, University Hospital Diagnostic Radiology

* Michelle Burns, nursing workforce specialist, Office of Clinical Excellence

* Mary Canterbury, business operations director, School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences

* Dr. Maxie L. Gordon, assistant professor of psychiatry

* Tomeka Gray, EKG technician, University Hospital Respiratory Therapy

* Stacy Major, cancer registrar, Cancer Research and Registry

* Kelly Sikes, dietitian, Batson Children’s Hospital Dietitians

5 Years

* Paul Case, associate director of imaging services, Radiology Administration

* Jo Anne Fordham, assessment and research coordinator, Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

* Dr. Melissa N. Frascogna, assistant professor of pediatrics

* Jane Free, administrative assistant, School of Medicine (Digestive Diseases)

* Deborah Hodgins, administrative assistant, Contracts Administration

* Thomas Moak, polysomnographic technician, Sleep Disorders Center

* Jessica Parker, LPN, Medical Surgical Float

* Dr. David A. Robinson, associate professor of microbiology

* Dr. Curtis Tribble, professor of cardiothoracic surgery


Mini-symposium explores prostate cancer research

 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.

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      


UAB ophthalmologist to explain light sensitivity

Dr. Paul D. Gamlin, professor of ophthalmology and professor in the Department of Vision Sciences, Neurobiology, Psychology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will present “Light-sensitive Ganglion Cells in Primate Retina: Their Anatomy, Physiology and Behavioral Roles” from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, in room G151 of the Guyton Library.

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.  

Jones, Keeton to speak at fall faculty meeting

 Jones_KeetonDr. Dan Jones, University of Mississippi chancellor, and Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, are scheduled to speak at the fall faculty meeting at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

Jones and Keeton will provide an update for the university and the Medical Center in the next fiscal year. The agenda also will include a recognition of faculty with 20 years of service.

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883 or email


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