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UMMC staff gain new insight into dementia

Dixie Myrick, primary care service line director, works to complete tasks - including folding five pairs of socks - with impaired senses while Dr. Dennis Watts, associate professor in the School of Health Related Professions, orients himself for his turn during the Virtual Dementia Tour Sept. 27 in the Clinical Skills Assessment Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center. 

Groups of Medical Center faculty and staff took part in the tour, which builds understanding and empathy among caregivers and health-care professionals by teaching them about the physical and mental challenges facing those living with dementia. 

The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and the MIND Center organized and hosted the event with simulation provider Second Wind Dreams. Organizers hope to include dementia simulation in UMMC schools' curricula.

UMMC food services to transition Oct. 1

Spoon Fork FoodTo better meet the needs of UMMC patients and employees and to better align with institutional goals, the Medical Center will transition food service management from Sodexo to UMMC staff effective Tuesday, Oct. 1.

The main cafeteria will close at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30, for inventory and will reopen at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The cafeteria will not be able to accept credit card transactions until 11 a.m. on Oct. 1.

Through a co-sourcing arrangement with Sodexo, the Chick-fil-A Express will continue to operate. Health Touch will continue to be used as the patient menu software until the Computrition system is available.

For more information about the transition, call 4-4118.

Med students, residents preview their future

Glenda Sharp, left, of the Hattiesburg Clinic speaks with fourth-year medical student Julie Rivero during the Family Medicine Interest Group's Physicians Opportunity Fair Sept. 25 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The annual event brings health-care organizations to UMMC so residents and medical students can preview potential employment opportunities.

CCHO receives minority HIV/AIDS fellowship

Jones_MichaelMichael Jones, chief community health officer, was granted a two-year fellowship through Brown University in Providence, R.I., to research and implement results of a community HIV and AIDS study.

The Brown Initiative in HIV and AIDS Clinical Research for Minority Communities will provide Jones with training and education, mentorship and support for his research project. Faculty mentors at Brown and UMMC will advise him throughout the fellowship in the development, submission and execution of his project.

The program includes a five-week component at Brown University called the Summer Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, for which the program covers travel, tuition, room and board expenses.

Artwork on display at Candlelighters auction

"Oh, Waiter?" by Kit Fields will be one of several pieces of art created by notable Mississippi artists to be auctioned as part of the UMC Candlelighters' annual art auction and gala to benefit children with cancer treated at the Batson Children's Hospital at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Country Club of Jackson.

Tickets cost $75 each. To preview the artwork featured in the auction, visit Brown's Fine Art and Framing in Fondren by Wednesday, Oct. 2.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the auction, call (601) 956-1665.

Mississippi College alumni honor chief of staff

Rutledge_BrianBrian Rutledge, chief of staff in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, will receive the Mississippi College 2013 Alumni Award for Health Services Administration.

Organizers promote I Care for Kids Campaign

Madalyn Conner, left, inpatient nurse on 3C, watches as Michelle Welander, right, clinical director of Children's Critical Care Services, places a pin on Latesa Jones, patient care technician, during a Sept. 24 kick-off event on 3C for a Children's Healthcare of Mississippi (CHM) campaign, "I Care for Kids."

The campaign encourages CHM employees to recommit to high levels of quality service and provide the best patient experience possible.

Elements of the campaign include personalized pins, posters, banners and videos featuring CHM employees and a new quarterly award called the Children's Champion.

For more information on the "I Care for Kids" campaign, visit the UMMC intranet and select "Health Care," then "I Care."

To read a CenterView article on the campaign, click here.

Environmental chief named children’s champ

Ricardo Thomas, second from right, director of environmental services for Batson Children's Hospital and the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants, receives the first Children's Champion Award during a kick-off event for the new Children's Healthcare of Mississippi quality initiative, "I Care for Kids."

Presenting the certificate to Thomas are, from left, Terri Gillespie, chief nursing officer; Guy Giesecke, chief executive officer, and Shannon Wentz, director of coordinated care and quality.

The award is given to a CHM employee who exemplifies the spirit of the "I Care for Kids" campaign and its focus on providing the very best patient experience.

Thomas said he was excited to receive the award.

"It's an opportunity to spotlight a lot of our unsung heroes, people who rarely get that type of recognition because they're not looking for it," Thomas said. "That's just who they are, they go beyond the call of duty, which is easy around here, especially when you have a little one of your own to serve."

SHRP faculty completes NUFA program

Taylor_Juanyce 2Dr. Juanyce Taylor, chair of the Department of Health Sciences in the School of Health Related Professions, graduated from the National Urban Fellows America's Leaders of Change Program on Sept. 23.

Taylor was part of the fourth cohort of the executive leadership program that enhances and sustains excellence for leaders in nonprofit, philanthropic and public sectors.

National Urban Fellows develops accomplished and courageous professionals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to be leaders and change agents with a strong commitment to social justice and equity.

Hospital gift shop to host grand reopening

Grand ReOpeningManagement and staff of the University Hospital Gift Shop will host a "Grand Reopening" reception at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 2, to celebrate the completion of the store's remodeling project. 

Muffins and punch will be available to the first 200 in attendance. For more information, email Laura Hodge at

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

35 Years

* Deborah Clack, business operations supervisor, Clinical Lab Administration

25 Years

* Linda Brown, administrative assistant, Student Services and Records

* Bert Sullivan, flight nurse, Helicopter Transport

20 Years

* Evelyn Fontanille, business operations manager, Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences

* Thomas Saffle, safety manager and senior safety officer, Environmental Health and Safety

* Dr. Ramarao Takkallapalli, assistant professor of anesthesiology

15 Years

* Martin Bragg, infrastructure solutions, Information Systems

* Sandra Floyd-Chambers, patient care technician, Jackson Medical Mall Medicine Specialty Clinic

* Sharon McGinnis, inpatient nurse, Medical Surgical Float

* Katash McGowan, patient services coordinator, Advanced General Dentistry

* Dr. Michael Nowicki, professor of pediatric gastroenterology

* Dr. Robert Owens, assistant professor of Endodontics

* Melitta Rucker, HIM EHR index analyst, Health Information Management

* Donna Sanderford, project manager, Performance Improvement

* Melissa Thorne, nurse, Newborn ICU

10 Years

* Dr. Christopher Powe, instructor in trauma surgery and critical care

5 Years

* Darrick Adams, end-user computer specialist, Information Systems

* Sherrica Archie, HIM EHR analysis technician, Health Information Management 

* Emma Davis, administrative assistant, Neurology

* Dr. Yuanyuan Duan, postdoctoral research fellow, Biomedical Materials Science

* Cedric Kimbrough, security guard, Holmes County Hospital Physical Plant

* Teresa Pierce, nurse, 2 Children's 

* Dr. Rishi Roy, house officer, Surgery

* Alesia Sanders, transplant surgical technician, Surgical Suite

* Lori Smith, project manager, Orthopedic Surgery

* Shirley Stephens, inpatient nurse, 4 South

* Lashanda Windom, HIM HER analysis specialist, Health Information Management

SEH to offer free TB skin tests at Batson-Wiser

Student Employee Health will offer TB skin tests for physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners 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.

Goldberg to present neurobiology seminar

GoldbergDr. Michael Goldberg, David Mahoney Professor of Brain and Behavior in the Departments of Neuroscience, Neurology, Psychiatry and Ophthalmology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and director of the Division of Neurobiology and Behavior at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, will present "Parietal Mechanisms for Spatially Accurate Perception and Behavior" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in room 6A in the School of Medicine.

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, will speak at the fall faculty meeting scheduled for noon on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

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

Boxed lunches will be available on a first-come basis. Faculty who have met their 20-year service requirement but have not received a chair may call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883 or email her at

Mengel to give cardiology documentation talk

Dr. Marvin Mengel, an Orlando, Fla.-based diabetes, metabolism and endocrinology expert, will give the Medical Documentation Guidelines-2013 presentation, "Cardiology Documentation: How to Say What You Mean," from noon-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, in classroom 5A.

The presentation is sponsored by the Office of Integrity and Compliance. For more information or to register, email Nikki Smith at

Nivet to present health equity lecture

Nivet MarcDr. Marc Nivet, chief diversity officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges, will present "Disappearing Acts: Minority Males in the Health Professions" at noon on Monday, Oct. 21, in lecture room 1A in the School of Health Related Professions.

The presentation is in conjunction with the Health Equity and Leadership Institute, a newly funded project by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to increase academic achievement and advancement of underrepresented males interested in health careers.

Lunch will be available for the first 100 in attendance. For more information, email Dr. Juanyce Taylor at

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