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Motor company lends hand, raises hope

Mary Ellis Cravey, 11, of Madison, prepares to put her other handprint on the Hope on Wheels automobile during a Sept. 10 press conference in which Hyundai Motor Co. presented a $250,000 research grant to Dr. Chindo Hicks, associate professor of medicine. 

Hicks will investigate why American children of European ancestry have higher survival rates than American children of African ancestry when faced with lymphoblastic leukemia. 

Batson Children's Hospital is one of 41 recipients of Hope on Wheels' 2013 Hyundai Hope Grants. Hope on Wheels will award $10.25 million in grants during September as part of a national campaign to help raise awareness of childhood cancer.

Patriotism to show during quarterly blood drive

September Blood Drive ArtBlood donors will have the opportunity to show their true colors when Mississippi Blood Services personnel visit the Medical Center Sept. 16-20 for the second of four quarterly "Road to Life" Blood Drives.

The theme for the drive is "Red, White and You! Donate Blood." All donors will receive an MBS "Red, White and You!" T-shirt. Identification is required to donate blood.

Times, dates and places for the drive include:

•  7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

•  10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the student lounge in the School of Dentistry building;

•  7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the MBS donor coach at the Batson Children's Hospital;

•  10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the community room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and

•  10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in the MBS donor coach at the University Hospital entrance.

For more information about the Road to Life Blood Drive, call Renee Howard at 4-2884 or send her an email at

Former faculty receives visionary distinction

Barnes_helen 2The Women's Fund of Mississippi will honor Dr. Helen Barnes (pictured here in 2007), former UMMC faculty, as one of 10 "Women of Vision" at the organization's 10th anniversary celebration Oct. 24.

A Jackson native, Barnes earned her medical degree at Howard University in 1958 and later returned to her home state to provide medical care to poor women in the Delta. She joined the UMMC faculty in 1969 and was instrumental in founding UMMC's Primary Care Clinic for Women at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Barnes retired in 2003 but remains active.

Honor society inducts students for humanism

Jonathon Buchanan, M4, receives a medallion from Dr. Loretta Jackson-Williams, medical school associate dean for academic affairs, during the Jeanette Pullen Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction Ceremony Sept. 9 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

SON spearheads successful Alzheimer's walk

With 137 members, the School of Nursing had the metro Jackson-area's largest team in the Walk to End Alzheimer's Sept. 14. (Enlarge image)

Led by captain Shelby Sirmon, senior traditional BSN student and student body president, the team raised the second-highest total, nearly $3,000.

The walk is one of many around the country by the national Alzheimer's Association to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's research.

UMMC gives Lakeland live oaks a trim

Northeast Tree Service employees trim live oak trees in the Lakeland Drive median early last Saturday morning.
UMMC arranged to have the 13 trees pruned to help offset the earlier removal of several live oaks for the new entrance at the northeast corner of the UMMC campus.
Jim Albritton, Northeast Tree Service arborist, said the trimming was needed to keep the remaining trees healthy and low-growing limbs out of the way of passing trucks.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Stephanie Morgan, director of Batson Children's Hospital lab services, Clinical Lab-Nursery

20 Years

* Patricia Thompson, EHR deficiency analyst, Health Information Management

* Gwendolyn Wortham, billing specialist, Central Billing Office

15 Years

* Kimberly Lambert, nurse, Wiser Hospital Labor and Delivery/Surgery

* Stacee Naylor, clinical research manager, School of Medicine

* Caren Prince, nurse, University Hospital Surgical Suite

* Lenaee Thompson, nurse, University Hospital Surgical Suite

10 Years

* Rebecca Fairly, CRNA, Anesthesia

* Lisa Forbes, inpatient nurse, Newborn ICU

* Jacqueline Harris, HR service center specialist, Human Resources

* Dr. Kimberly Hoover, professor of nursing

* Ira Johnson, materials management supervisor, Shipping Receiving

* Eric Watson, utilization review nurse, Batson Children's Hospital Coordinated Care

5 Years

* Megan Altsman, assistant genetic counselor, Pediatrics

* Josie Bidwell, assistant professor of nursing

* Melissa Easterling, inpatient nurse, University Hospital Emergency Department

* Lisa Evans, inpatient nurse, 4 South

* Tom Fortner, chief public affairs and communications officer, Public Affairs

* Vanessa Gray, surgical technician, Sterile Processing

* Shanta Johnson, certified dialysis technician, Jackson Medical Mall

* Diana Melcescu, researcher, School of Medicine

* Leslie Musshafen, director, Sponsored Programs

* Crystal Penegar, IT support analyst, Information Systems

* Ashley Ramage, nurse manager, Batson Children's Hospital

* Alexander Soloveichik, rehabilitation technician, Occupational Therapy

* Kimberly Zimmerman Fitzsimmons, radiologic technologist, Diagnostic Radiology

Tackle premature births with March of Dimes t-shirt

Shirt_side_artMedical Center faculty, staff and students can now order T-shirts for the 2013 March of Dimes “Huddle Up For Babies, Tackling Prematurity” campaign.

The long-sleeved T-shirts can be ordered in the colors of Mississippi college teams. All proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes.

With manager approval, the shirts may be worn to work on Friday, Nov. 15.

Terri Gillespie, chief nursing officer for Batson Children’s Hospital, and Janet Harris, chief nursing executive officer for UHHS, are serving as co-chairs for the 2014 March for Babies.

To order, fill out the order form and return it, along with a check made payable to Pollchaps, to Cindy Black in Children’s Hospital administration or to Sheena Smith in Adult Hospital administration.

Pyter to give neurobiology presentation

Pyter_LeahDr. Leah Pyter, visiting research assistant professor in the Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will present "Cancer-induced Changes in Brain Behavior and Immunity" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in room G151 of the Guyton Building.

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.

Jankowski to present anesthesia rounds

Jankowski_ChristopherDr. Christopher J. Jankowski, assistant professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., will give the Anesthesia Grand Rounds presentation, "Using MAGIC to Improve Perioperative Outcomes," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, in classroom 3A.

For more information, call Keneshia Reed at 5-6507.   

Simmons to give physiology seminar

Simmons_RebeccaDr. Rebecca Simmons, professor of pediatrics and ob-gyn and associate director of the Center for Research Reproduction and Women's Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, will present "The Epigenetic Landscape of the Beta Cell in Type 2 Diabetes" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis.

The seminar is presented by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820. 

Alexandrov to speak at stroke symposium

AlexandrovDr. Andrei V. Alexandrov, professor and director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at the University of Alabama Hospital, will be the featured speaker at the University Comprehensive Stroke Program's 2013 Stroke Symposium from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, at Table 100 in Flowood.

Anyone interested in the care of stroke patients is invited to the one-day conference. CE credit is available to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, therapists and social workers.

Fees range from $95 to $125; those who register by Wednesday, Sept. 18, can receive a $25 discount.

For more information or to register, call Pam Hargett at (601) 613-5836.

SEH to offer free TB skin tests at two locations

Student Employee Health will offer TB skin tests for physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 23-24, in the Clinical Sciences walkway (tests to be read anytime from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 25-26) and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, in the Batson-Wiser walkway (tests to be read anytime from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2).

For more information, call Jane Free at 4-1192.

Wynn to conduct drugs in dentistry course

WynnDr. Richard L. Wynn, professor of pharmacology at the Dental School, University of Maryland, Baltimore, will present a course, "Drugs in Dentistry, Including Herbals and Natural Products," from 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Dentists, hygienists and members of the dental team are invited. The course will present the most recent reports describing conventional drugs, herbal supplements and nutraceuticals impacting dental and dental hygiene practice.

For more information, email Joan Bounds at, visit the continuing education website or access course information at

Discussion to tackle life-support dilemmas

Boyte_RickDr. Rick Boyte, professor of pediatrics and director of pediatric pain and palliative medicine, will be among the panelists discussing dilemmas arising from life-support cases during the next Schwartz Center Rounds, "It's Legal . . . But is it Ethical?" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, in R-354 (upper amphitheatre).

Registration will be available at the door. Medical Center employees must bring their ID badges to scan. Refreshments will be available.

For more information, call Jimmy Gatewood at 4-2476 or Michelle Brassfield at 4-1300.

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