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Orthopedist earns UMMC’s top quality award

Dr. George Russell, left, chair of the Department of Orthopedics, gives the Q Award to Dr. Patrick Bergin, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, during a recent presentation at the Medical Center.

Presented quarterly by Quality Administration, the Q Award recognizes Medical Center physicians for promoting quality and improving patient safety.

Bergin was nominated for taking the physician leadership role in venous thromboembolisms (VTW), beginning with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and expanding throughout the Medical Center.

According to the nomination, Bergin “has demonstrated his willingness to address this quality issue, and has been able to affect a very positive change in how we treat patients with respect to VTE prophylaxis. His methods are sound, and his implementation of new processes are to be commended.”

To nominate a physician for the award, select the “Q Award” link under the UMMC Yellow Pages in the Support section of the UMMC Intranet.

Steele receives ASRT’s Osborn minority prize

 SteeleThe American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) recently awarded a $4,000 Royce Osborn Minority Student Scholarship to Jalyssa Steele, a second-year radiologic sciences student at UMMC.

Steele is one of only five radiologic sciences students nationwide to receive the award, which is presented to minority students in entry-level radiography, sonography, magnetic resonance imaging, radiation therapy or nuclear medicine technology programs. She serves as one of two student delegates for the Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists (MSRT).

Steele participated in the 2014 ASRT Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting in Orlando, Fla. The ASRT Student Leadership Development Program identifies and works with potential leaders, helping them network and engage professionals in their field.

"Like Daddy's new coat?"

4-year-old Mariam Caballero, daughter of first-year medical student David, enjoys sitting on her dad's lap after he received his white coat during the Class of 2018 White Coat Ceremony held Aug. 7 at the Belhaven Performing Arts Center.

SOM families tour students' new environment

UMMC fourth-year School of Medicine student Ashley Sullivan (left) lets Clinton residents Melody and Rob Logan try their hand at intubating a lifelike training dummy used by students during a campus-wide tour Aug. 8 that's part of Family Day, a gathering for parents and families of entering medical students. The Logans' son Reese, a May graduate of the University of Mississippi, was among first-year students who received their white coats during ceremonies Aug. 7 in the Belhaven University auditorium.

Meet an Iron Chef, support nursing scholarship

 culanthropy_art2Tickets are now available for Mississippi Culanthropy, a philanthropic culinary extravaganza starring Jackson native and celebrity chef Cat Cora to support a scholarship fund in the School of Nursing, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Table 100 in Flowood.

Eight of the Jackson metro area’s top chefs will be serving tapas dishes to attendees during the event. 

Tickets cost $150 each or $250 for two. For more information or to purchase a ticket, click here or call 5-3302.

To watch a commercial about this event, featuring Cat Cora, click here.

Campus Police release July crime statistics

 HandcuffsCampus Police reported eight larceny thefts, two assaults and two arrests in July.

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

* Lillie Carson, patient placement coordinator, Patient Transfer and Flow

20 Years

* Karl Owens, respiratory therapist, University Hospital Respiratory Therapy

* Herman Taylor, anesthesia technician, Anesthesia

* Otis Williams, radiation therapist, Cancer Center Radiation Oncology

15 Years

* Netta Boudreaux, ambulatory nurse, School of Medicine (Pediatric Infectious Diseases)

* Leigh Wallace, student union manager, Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

10 Years

* Donza Jackson, inpatient nurse, Emergency Services (Psychiatry)

* Mary Lindsey, unit secretary, Surgical ICU

* Julie Paul, education administrator, School of Medicine (Family Medicine)

* Jonneka Pough, medical office assistant, Surgical Radiation Oncology Cancer Institute

* Dr. Risa M. Webb, professor of medicine (Infectious Diseases)

5 Years

* Dr. Alexander P. Auchus, professor of medicine (Neurology)

* Bert Douglas, associate end-user compliance specialist, Information Systems

* Karla Gillard, inpatient nurse, Medical Surgical Float

* Melissa Gischel, medical technologist, Immunopathology

* Dr. Juebin Huang, house officer, School of Medicine (Neurology)

* Dr. Kenneth Kokko, associate professor of medicine (Nephrology)

* Judy Moore, inpatient nurse, Batson Children’s Hospital (2C)

Tufts professor to explain curriculum flipping

 M_LeeDr. Mary Y. Lee, professor of medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine and special advisor for education innovation at Tufts Medical Center, will present the first 2014-15 Faculty Scholarship Exchange seminar, “Flipping an Entire Curriculum: Piece by Piece,” at noon on Thursday, Aug. 14, in room 7A. 

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be available to the first 75 in attendance.

For more information, email Jessica Green Overby at

DHA program info session scheduled 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

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 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 e-mail

UMMC sets annual Service of Remembrance

DoveThe Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children will host its annual Service of Remembrance at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 23 in the Nelson Student Union.

The service will honor the memory of the Batson Hospital and UMMC pediatric patients who died in 2013.  The service seeks to provide grief support to all bereaved parents and UMMC medical staff.  The service is sponsored by the Batson Hospital Healing and Understanding through Grief Support (HUGS) committee. All staff and employees are invited to attend.

For more information, please contact Chaplain Linda McComb at ext. 5-2108.

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