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Word of the Month

Each month, there will be a meaningful, positive word posted around campus, underscoring UMMC’s values. The “Word of the Month” is a visual reminder of the institution’s standards when it comes to the promotion of a respectful and inclusive environment. Words are posted in the elevators and bulletin boards around campus. Managers are encouraged to post the word in their departments or units and to use the word as a “talking point” to stimulate dialogue with employees.  



Relative worth utility or importance. Something (such as a principle or quality) intrinsically valuable or desirable.


Suggested talking points
and questions:

  • How important are values to you?
  • Why is it important to know your core values?
  • Do your values at work differ from your values in other areas of life?

Quotes from UMMC employees:

“Values are the culture of a people or institution. Values determine the standards by which we live, operate, and treat or care for others.  Values is also defined as actively acknowledging and treating someone or something according to their worth to you. To value others and the things that make them unique, as well as their contribution to you, your life, and the Earth is the greatest form of respect that we can give to one another. If we live by upstanding values and allow that culture to guide us in demonstrating to others the high regard with which we value them, a circle of respect, diversity, and unity is formed. I like to think that the most basic of values is commonplace among all people and finding a commonality in our values will help us value one another. Our values determine our character and show people who we really are.”

Denise Cornelius, PhD, FAHA
Assistant Professor
Director of Preclinical Research
Department of Emergency Medicine
Vice Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee
Programming Chair, UMMC GWIMS
University of Mississippi Medical Center


Article: Relationships Among Organizational Values, Employee Engagement, and Patient Satisfaction in an Academic Medical Center
from Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcomes