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Tuesday, March 29, 2005


Terri Springer has joined Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg as Director of Human Resources. Terri has more than 17 years of experience in human resource management. Most recently, she served as director of human resources at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS, a Health Management Associates facility. Prior to her tenure at Central Mississippi Medical Center, Terri was director of human resources at HMA's River Oaks Health System in Jackson, MS. Terri received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, and she is currently working on her MBA. Posted by Hello

Monday, March 28, 2005

Finding Time To Workout Can Add Time To Your Life


Horton G. Taylor, Jr. M.D (Colonel Medical Corp)

Horton G. Taylor, Jr. M.D. will tell you he’s just a simple country doctor. He even describes his long-time family practice as a chance to “visit with my friends and try to keep them healthy.” But this unassuming small town physician may very well have the secret to eternal youth. Because when the soon-to-be 65 year old isn’t at Camp Shelby preparing troops for Iraq, treating patients in his hometown of Ripley or teaching future doctors at the University of Mississippi, he’s exercising. In Hattiesburg, he does this at the Institute for Wellness and Sports Medicine (IWSM) at Wesley Medical Center.

“If you want to live to be 100, this is the way to go, “said Taylor. “ I have no doubt regular exercise is the secret to living a long full life.”

While Taylor has genetics on his side, both of his parents lived into their 90s, he believes regular exercise is what will keep him active for years to come. In fact, he has every intention of being around to play with his great grandchildren, even though his oldest grandchild is only eight.

“Working out not only helps you physically it can be great for mental health as well,” said Taylor. “It helps with anger management and depression. It keeps you balanced. Exercise beats almost anything you get in a bottle.”

Taylor began incorporating exercise into his life in the late 80s. Today, he works out at IWSM at least three to four times a week doing both aerobic and strength training. It helps keep his weight, which he admits is his trouble spot, manageable and his heart healthy. He encourages all seniors to find a workout plan that works for them.

“Anyone can exercise,” said Taylor. “Just get with your doctor and develop a plan. If there are some workouts that are too strenuous it’s easy enough to find something else.”

Nadine Archuleta, Director of IWSM believes finding the right exercise is simple at Wesley. “There are a variety of activities available for individuals to choose from. The center has over 25 different types of land and water fitness classes, indoor cycling classes, an outdoor and indoor walking/jogging track, new cardio equipment, and a swimming pool for lap swimming and soon to arrive “NEW” strength training machines. With the wide selection to choose from, individuals find what they enjoy participating in. A Healthy Lifestyle is a lifetime commitment and that is why we assist in identifying activities individuals enjoy and why we offer so much.,” said Archuleta.

Taylor, who turns 65 on June 29, will retire from the Mississippi National Guard the very next day. Then he plans to go home to Ripley and get back to spending time with his friends and keeping them healthy.

IWSM has been a part of Wesley since 1986. For more information about joining the Wellness Center, log onto www.wesley.com or call (601) 268-5010. Posted by Hello

Partnership to build innovative respiratory therapy device


Dr. Dan Jones, left, vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, talks during a March 16 news conference to announce the agreement between UMC and the Mississppi Band of Choctaw (MBCI) Indians to manufacture the mobile medical gas utility stand. Also speaking at the conference are, from left, MBCI Chief Phillip Martin, Jerry S. Bridgers, a UMC respiratory therapist and inventor of the stand, and Lester Dalme, president/CEO of Chahta Enterprise.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) have announced a partnership to build a device that could impact the care of patients worldwide.

During a March 16 press conference at the Choctaw reservation in Philadelphia, Dr. Dan Jones, UMC vice chancellor for academic affairs, and MBCI Chief Phillip Martin signed an agreement to manufacture a mobile medical gas utility stand. The stand, the brainchild of Jerry Bridgers, a respiratory therapist and manager of the Medical Center’s Biomedical Equipment Department, facilitates respiratory therapy in close proximity to patients safely and effectively.

Standing alongside the trapezoidal device replete with gas canisters, color-coded hoses and other attachments, Jones expressed his gratitude to Martin for the partnership.

“Part of our mission as an academic health science center is to generate new ideas to improve the delivery of health care to people,” Jones said. “We believe this is a great opportunity to take new technology and partner with Chief Martin and his colleagues to not only improve the health of people around the world, but to improve the economy of the people in Mississippi.”
Martin praised the Medical Center’s visionary leadership for nurturing the partnership.

“This apparatus has a lot of potential and could be highly successful,” Martin said. “This partnership is right in line with our policy of bringing high-tech opportunities here to the reservation.

“We’re glad the University of Mississippi Medical Center thought of us to manufacture a product useful in the medical field.”

Made of nonferrous aluminum, the stand can be used in IMRI suites, computerized tomography areas, MRI suites and special procedure areas that employ magnets. Designed with a low center of gravity, the stand can be easily pushed across a room without risk of overturning. Clamps on the front of the stand can hold vacuums, electronic devices and other patient care accessories. In therapeutic areas, blenders and heated humidifiers can be added to administer different gas mixtures and therapy, and the device can be structured to administer more than one gas at a time or multiple lines of the same medical gas.

According to Dr. David Dzielak, associate vice chancellor for strategic research alliances, approximately 10 percent of the nation’s hospitals have critical care beds. Dzielak estimates that if the partnership can realize 20 percent market saturation, there is a possibility of selling 19,000 stands in the United States alone.

“This is one of the things we’ve always wanted to do with technology developed at the Medical Center,” Dzielak said. “We’re very pleased to have this partnership and we’re very excited about the possibilities.”

Lester Dalme, president and chief executive officer of Chahta Enterprise, the manufacturing arm of the MBCI, said the stand will be assembled at the Choctaw Manufacturing Enterprise (CME) plant in the Red Water Tribal Community near Carthage. CME is a division of Chahta Enterprise.

“Our engineering department is located there,” Dalme explained, “and they hold everything from low-volume to high-volume products.” He said CME will rely on Mississippi-based vendors to supply the materials necessary to build the stand.

Chahta Enterprise is one of the largest tribally owned manufacturing firms in the United States, employing 1,500 in its plants in Mississippi and Sonora, Mexico. Chahta produces 130 different part numbers and more than 11 million wiring harnesses each year.

For more information about the mobile medical gas utility stand, call Bridgers in the Medical Center’s Biomedical Equipment Department at (601) 984-4660, or Alan Hines of AGT at (601) 389-3084, ext. 400.
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Black Tie and Blue Jeans Gala to help fight heart disease

The goal is to raise $35,000 to help fight heart disease. Money raised at the themed Black Tie and Blue Jeans event set for Friday, April 22, will go toward research and education to help find a cure for diseases related to the heart.

The price is $100 per couple to attend the Rankin County gala for the American Heart Association function to be held at the Luckett Lodge on Clark Road off Holly Bush Road.

This casual event will be a way to contribute to a worthy cause that may help save your life some day. This 8th annual event will include silent and live auctions, heavy hors d'oeuvres and an opportunity to enjoy the company of others.

Chairing the Rankin County group this year are Davis Richards, Rankin Medical Center administrator, and Sally Larson, vice-chairperson.

Tickets are available by contacting Rocky Zachry, developmental specialist for the American Heart Association, at (601) 321-1214. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Items may also be donated for the auction.

Price receives Emmerich Award

Southwest Health Systems Chief Executive Officer Norman Price recently received one of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development District's highest honors.

Price, who's celebrating 20 years in McComb at the helm of Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, received the chamber's Oliver Emmerich Award at the group's annual banquet held at Southwest Mississippi Community College.

In presenting the Emmerich Award - named for the late Enterprise-Journal editor - incoming economic development district chairman George "Lucky" Chaplain noted Price's leadership at the hospital, which has seen a vast expansion in the past two decades.

In Memoriam: Dr. J.O. Wood

Dr. Joseph Ottis Wood, 88, of Summit, died Feb. 21, 2005, at his home.

Dr. Wood was a retired radiologist. He attended Southwest Mississippi Junior College before moving on to Millsaps College, and later the University of Mississippi Medical School and the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He interned at Mississippi Baptist Hospital in Jackson. He practiced in Pike County, then returned to UMC to do his residency in radiology.

He was chief of staff at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in 1873-74. A former chief of staff and radiologist at Neshoba County Hospital, he aslo served the DeKalb, Mason and Choctaw Indian hospitals.

Memorials may be made to Horizon Hospice or Centenary United Methodist Church.

MRHC celebrates 40 years of progress

Magnolia Regional Health Center is celebrating 40 years of progress in Corinth in 2005.

"Even though Magnolia Regional is looking toward going in a new direction, I feel that it is important for us to remember our 40 years of history and how important our relationship with the community has been during these years, and we look forward to celebrating our 40th year with the whole community," said Rick Napper, MRHC chief executive officer.

MRHC opened on Alcorn Drive in 1965 as a 116-bed facility heralded as "one of the best-equipped hospitals in North Mississippi."

Four years later, its radiology department added over 1,100 square feet, a four-bed coronary unit was established and pathology services were offered for the first time.

In 1972, the 10,000-square-foot Doctors Plaza was completed with room for eight physicians offices and the hospital began operating an ambulance service.

The hospital's first major expansion effort in 1977 involved an expansion of the emergency department; the radiology department received additional space; and new stations from which to operate the physical therapy department, laboratory and pharmacy.

The second large-scale expansion of MRHC came in 1982 and doubled the facility's size with the addition of 62 private patient rooms, a 12-bed Critical Care Unit, a new five-room operating suite, facilities for same-day surgery and an expanded business office and pharmacy.

An $8.5-million expansion in 1991 resulted in the opening of the cancer treatment center. The Family Birthplace opened in 1994.

For more history, click here.

In 2005, MRHC continues to employ more people than any other business in Corinth and Alcorn County.

Work by high school students on display throughout Pascagoula

Link - In recognition of Youth Art Month, art work from students at Pascagoula High School, Gautier High School and middle schools will be displayed at Singing River Hospital and other locations citywide.

Oncology Director "Driving Force" Behind GOG Committee

Link - More than 30 years ago, Dr. James Tate Thigpen, professor of medicine and director of the Division of Oncology, was one of the first medical oncologists to join the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), a national, nonprofit organization that promotes excellence in the quality and integrity of clinical and basic scientific research in the field of gynecologic malignancies.

Thigpen also was the first medical oncologist to chair a GOG committee.

Today he continues to chair the GOG Protocol Committee, the body that determines and implements all GOG research. He also serves as GOG vice chair for science

Medical Students Find Their "Match" at Traditional Ceremony

Link - One of the most significant events for senior medical students across the nation was also one of the most successful for the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Orthopedist Elected Hand Surgery Endowment President

Link - Dr. Alan E. Freeland, professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, is the new president of the National Hand Surgery Endowment. He was elected at the American Association for Hand Surgery’s annual meeting in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Jan. 12, to a four-year term.

Walton earns health care credential

Davis Walton, associate administrator at Singing River Hospital, recently advanced to Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international professional society of 30,000 health care executives.

Walton, who began his career at Singing River Hospital in 1988, was recognized by the ACHE during the Convocation Ceremony on March 13 in Chicago. Fellow status is the highest level of professional achievement in ACHE, as only 3,200 health care executives hold this distinction.

To obtain Fellow status, candidates must demonstrate their education, experience and leadership in the health care field. They must also complete a case studies or a thesis on a health care management topic or participate in a year-long mentorship project.

Cancer Support Camp Planned

Camp Bluebird is right around the corner. The first camp of 2005 has been scheduled for April 22-24 at Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs. This year's spring camp will be centered around a nursery rhyme theme. Twice a year, adult cancer survivors gather at Camp Bluebird for a three-day, two-night experience that's unlike any other part of their treatment regimen.

In a setting of great natural beauty, campers can relax, slow down and gain new insights by sharing their experiences with others who are living with cancer. Campers participate in group activities aimed at helping everyone focus on coping with change. These sessions include such topics as:
  • Lifestyle adjustments
  • Family support - how to give it and take it
  • Assessing non-medical needs and how to meet them
  • Educational assistance for medically related concerns
  • Managing cancer treatments and their side effects
  • Nutritional information
  • Creative outlets through arts and crafts activities

Any adult, age 18 or older, who has been diagnosed with cancer may attend Camp Bluebird. Campers share dormitory rooms with other campers and counselors. Meals are provided, but individual campers should bring their own bed linens and toiletry items. Camp Bluebird offers a very informal atmosphere with abundant opportunities for recreation.

The "camp counselors" who lead the activities are staff members at Singing River Hospital System, area physicians, military and community volunteers. The camp staff includes nurses, a social worker, a dietitian, a pharmacist, a physical therapist and pastoral care associates.

For camper applications or counselor/worker forms, contact the Regional Cancer Center at (228) 809-5251.

SRH names Boutwell Employee of the Month

Leigh Boutwell, operations supervisor, Information Systems, has been named Singing River Hospital's March Employee of the Month.

Leigh was born in Cordele, Ga., and grew up in Pascagoula. She graduated from Pascagoula High School and attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Before beginning her career at SRH, she worked for four years in the computer department of Gulf City Fisheries. In 1986, she began working part time at SRH as a data entry clerk and computer operator. She began working full time in 1988.

Leigh lives in Pascagoula and attends Safe Harbor Methodist Church. She enjoys reading and going to the movies.

Two new physicians join SRHS

The Board of Trustees of Singing River Hospital System is pleased to announce the appointment of two new physicians to the medical staffs of Ocean Springs Hospital and Singing River Hospital.

Dr. Randall Hofbauer, MD, emergency medicine specialist, is a native of Rochester, Minn. Dr. Hoffbauer received his undergraduate degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., and his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He performed an internship and residency at Health Parnters Institute for Medical Education in St. Paul.

Dr. Hofbauer is board certified in emergency medicine and will be on staff at Ocean Springs Hospital and Singing River Hospital Emergency Departments.

Dr. Sam Dennis, radiation oncologist, is a native of Washington, DC. He received his undergraduate degree from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Tex. He received a master's degree and doctorate degree in physics from Rice University in Houston, Tex. His medical degree, internship and residency were completed at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Dr. Dennis is board certified in radiation oncology and will practice at the Regional Cancer Center.

Money is the number one cause of stress

As April 15 quickly approaches and Mississippians prepare their taxes, stress levels will be on the rise.

A survey commissioned by the American Psychological Association (APA) found that 73 percent of Americans single out money as a very significant factor contributing to stress. Work, physical health and children follow next.

“Tax season can be a joyous time for some – those expecting returns, but for most it is a very stressful time. Stress related to money worries can have a real impact on people’s psychological health,” said Pat Alexander, Ph.D., director of psychology at Mississippi State Hospital. “There are high levels of stress during tax time, but people can learn to manage financial stressors and other challenges by taking steps to build and enhance their resilience.”

Dr. Alexander suggests exercise, religious activities and hobbies to counteract the effects of stress. She recommends that a person seek help if they feel trapped, like there’s nowhere to turn; they worry excessively and can’t concentrate; or they way they feel affects their sleep, eating habits, job, relationships and other occurrences in their everyday life.

“Licensed, qualified mental health professionals can help people address the causes of their distress and teach effective ways to deal with those causes,” said Alexander.

Alexander is a member of the Mississippi Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.

Howell tapped as OSH Employee of the Month

Derick Howell, RN, SICU, has been selected as the March Employee of the Month at Ocean Springs Hospital.

Derick grew up in Biloxi and graduated from St. Martin High School. He received his bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi.

After finishing USM, Derick began working at OSH as an RN on Two Southeast. He worked there for one year, and then transferred to SICU and has remained there since.

Derick and his wife, Melanie, a second grade teacher at Magnolia Park Elementary in Ocean Springs, live in Biloxi. They have two children, Delanie, age 12, and Darcy, age 4.

When he is not working, Derick enjoys spending time with his family, going to the gym and traveling.

"I like working for the hospital and in the SICU because of the people I work with and the people I get to meet," he said.

New capsule makes testing easier for patients

The Heartburn Treatment Center at Singing River Hospital System is now using PillCam ESO, a wireless diagnostic video capsule specifically designed to photograph the esophagus. The capsule, about the size of a large vitamin, is made of smooth plastic and swallowed by the patient. It has two tiny cameras on each end that together take 14 photos per second, giving a physician over 2,600 images to make a diagnosis.

The capsule is used as a diagnostic tool to detect abnormalities of the esophagus, such as gastroesophogeal reflux and Barrett's esophagus. Patients who are candidates for this capsule testing may be able to avoid having a traditional endoscopy, which involves sedation and the use of a surgery suite, as well as time for recovery.

The simple test takes only 20 minutes from the time the capsule is swallowed. Patients must lie down and swallow the capsule. The capsule begins working immediately, taking photos and transmitting them to a data recorder worn on the patient's belt. Following the procedure, the physician should have enough images to make a diagnosis, and the patient can return to work.

For more information on the PillCam ESO test or the Heartburn Treatment Center, call (228) 809-6000.

SRH lab receives CAP accreditation

The Singing River Hospital Laboratory recently received accreditation from the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists.

CAP inspectors visited SRH on Feb. 22 and found no defiencies in the main laboratory. The CAP has conistently accredited SRH since 1970.

"The employees of the our Laboratory are, and always have been, committed to providing the highest quality of testing," said Eric Reed, director of the SRH Laboratory. "They understand that excellent findings by the CAP, upon on-site survey, define that commitment. They are proud of what they do and the services they provide to our patients and that is evidenced by the results of our recent survey. I am fortunate to work with this group of professionals."

"The pathologist with the inspection team made a comment that in his 19 years of inspecting, has never had an inspection go as smoothly as ours," said Becky Walton, assistant director of the SRH Laboratory. "I can attribute that to the strong sense of ownership and teamwork we have in the Lab. I am so proud of all of our employees and the first-class service they provide for our patients."

Nelson named director of food and nutrition at OSH

Cahty Nelson has been named director of food and nutrition at Ocean Springs Hospital in Ocean Springs.

Cathy is a California native, growing up in the San Fernando Valley. She graduated from North Hollywood High School and received her bachelor's degree in nursing from California College.

Before beginning her career in food service, she was a psych nurse for many years. While living in Kentucky, she began working for Morrison's, first as a patient service supervisor at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. She has also been the director of food services at Bellwood Children's Home and later served as assistant director at Baptist Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn.

Cathy and her husband, Gregory, an apartment complex supervisor, have a 13-year-old daughter, Lyndsey. They are currently living in Long Beach but are looking to move to Ocean Springs soon.

"This is a very nice hospital, and everyone works well together," said Cathy. "Truly, the people are so very welcoming. Everyone greets you with a smile and they don't make you feel like a stranger."

Rushing named gift shop manager at SRH

Cindy Rushing has been named manager of the Singing River Hospital (SRH) Gift Shop.
Cindy is a native of Jones County, but has lived in Jackson County since she was nine. She is a graduate of Moss Point High School.

Before beginning her career at SRH, she worked for almost 10 years at the Flower Cottage in Moss Point. She began working at SRH 13 years ago as the sales clerk in the Gift Shop.
Cindy and her husband, Herman, now the retired owner of City Shoe Shop in Pascagoula, live in Escatawpa. She has one daughter and three stepchildren, as well as five grandchildren and one more on the way.

"I'm enjoying my new role as manager of the Gift Shop," said Cindy. "It has been challenging in our current smaller space, but we are very much looking forward to our new space (in the renovated front lobby)."

Wellborn named director of food and nutrition at SRH

Laquita Welborn has been named director of food and nutrition at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula.

Wellborn holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from Arkansas Tech University. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in business with an emphasis in health care administration. She has been with Morrison’s Food Service, the Hospital System’s food service provider, for eight years.

She has worked in different types of hospitals throughout the South, including hospitals in Atlanta, Ga., Murphreesboro, Tenn., and Hopkinsville, Ky. In 2002, she worked with the Morrison's team providing food for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Laquita and her 15-month-old daughter, Brooke, will be living in Gautier.

"Singing River Hospital is a very unique setting, much different from other hospitals where I have worked," said Laquita. "I have enjoyed working with administration, as they have been very supportive of the changes and ideas I have had to continue the high quality of food service we provide."

Free screenings may prevent alcohol abuse

Link - About 5,000 hospitals, alcohol and addiction treatment centers, primary care offices, colleges and other community sites nationwide are participating in National Alcohol Screening Day, a one-day outreach, education and screening event designed to educate the public about alcohol. The day, a part of Alcohol Awareness Month, allows individuals to seek help in a non-threatening and easily accessible manner.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005


Wendy D. Bailey of Brandon has joined Mississippi State Hospital (MSH) as the media/public information manager in the hospital's Public Relations Department. Bailey earned her bachelor degree in communications from Belhaven College. Bailey comes to MSH from her previous position as communications specialist with Information and Quality Healthcare.
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Joseph Griebler of Brandon has been promoted to Unit Director in Mississippi State Hospital’s (MSH) Inpatient Services Division. Griebler, who’s been employed by MSH for over four years, earned his PhD in clinical psychology from Jackson State University.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

MSH names Employees of the Month

Mississippi State Hospital recently named Tammy Stokes of Pelahatchie, Phil Cartrette of Jackson and Nigel Lee of Jackson as the hospital’s March Employees of the Month.

Stokes has been named Employee of the Month for Support Services. She is the case record coordinator in the hospital’s Community Services Department and has been employed with the hospital for more than one year. Stokes earned a certificate in intensive business from East Central Community College

Cartrette has been named Employee of the Month for Licensed Clinical Services. Cartrette is a chaplain in the hospital’s Pastoral Care Department and has been employed with the hospital for more than four years. He earned his B.S. in psychology from Wofford College in South Carolina and his master of divinity from Wesley Biblical Seminary.

Lee has been named Employee of the Month for Direct Care Services. He is a mental health technician in the hospital’s Nursing Services Department and has been employed with the hospital for seven years. Lee is a graduate of Murrah High School.

The MSH Employee of the Month award is designed to recognize employees who have made outstanding contributions to the hospital through their work. The program is sponsored by Friends of Mississippi State Hospital, Inc.

Miss. State Hospital Job Fair Set for April 20

Mississippi State Hospital (MSH) will host its 4th Annual Job Fair April 20 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the Building 71 Conference Center located on the hospital’s Whitfield campus.

“We invite everyone to attend our job fair,” said Jarrod Ravencraft, human resources director. “Whether you are seeking your first job or looking for a career change, MSH offers many clinical and non-clinical opportunities.”

Information Directors from all departments will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. Personnel staff will accept applications and assist interested job applicants with the pre-employment process. Full- and part-time positions are available. The hospital offers flexible schedules; personal, medical and educational leave; health and life insurance; deferred compensation; and the State of Mississippi retirement plan.

“We have opportunities available for people without high school diplomas or GEDs as well as for those with Ph.D.’s and M.D.’s,” Ravencraft said.

MSH is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, age, physical handicap, disability or political affiliation.

For more details on the job fair, call the MSH Job Fair Information Line at (601) 351-8382, or visit the hospital’s website at www.msh.state.ms.us.

Aultman Named Director of Case Management at CMMC


Central Mississippi Medical Center welcomes Wanda Aultman, RN, MN, to the management team as Director of the Case Management Department. Aultman recently transferred from CMMC’s Performance Improvement Department where she served as the Clincal Pathway Coordinator and Relief Nursing Coordinator since 2002.

Aultman brings 26 years of clinical experience to her new position. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. She received her Masters Degree in Nursing from the Louisiana State University Medical Center Graduate School of Nursing in New Orleans, LA.
She is a member of the American Nursing Association, Mississippi Nursing Association, Dillard University Professional Organization of Nurses and the Mississippi Quality Health Professionals. Aultman has been listed in Who’s Who in American Nursing, Who’s Who Among American Women, Who’s Who in Business and Professional Women and the Great 100 Nurses in the State of Louisiana. Posted by Hello

Tucker Named Director of Emergency Department at CMMC


Central Mississippi Medical Center is pleased to announce that Judy Tucker, BSN, CCRN, CNA., BC, has joined the managerial staff as the director of the Emergency Department. She has acquired over 25 years of health care managerial experience. Most recently, she served as the director of Emergency Services at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, FL, where she was instrumental in helping her department receive the Professional Research Consultants’ Four-Star Award for Outstanding Quality of Patient Care in Emergency Departments.
Tucker is a native Mississippian who received her ASN from Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville and her BSN from the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. In 1986, she became a Certified Critical Care Nurse. In 1997 she obtained certification as a Certified Nurse Administrator from the American Nurse Credentialing Center. At the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida, she received training for the Spaceflight Medical Support Team. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Emergency Nurses Association and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Tucker resides in Madison, Mississippi.
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Rankin Medical Center Elects New Advisory Board Members

Davis A. Richards III, CEO of Rankin Medical Center, is pleased to announce that the following individuals have joined its Community Advisory Board. “We feel very privileged to have these individuals serve on our Community Advisory Board,” said Richards. “Their commitment to the community is to be commended and the diversity of their interests will strengthen our board.”

Dr. David T. Flemming is an internal medicine physician who has been on Rankin Medical Center’s active medical staff for nearly three years and is the new Chief of Medicine. He earned his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Mississippi State University and went to medical school at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, he was a general partner in the Flemming family farming operation, growing cotton, corn and soybeans. Dr. Flemming and his wife Elaine have a son and a daughter.

Vice president and branch manager of Bank Plus in Brandon, Ruthie E. Guyton, is very active in the community. She is the past president of the Pearl Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the American Heart Association Gala Committee, Captain for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and is a member of First United Methodist Church in Brandon. A Jackson native, she graduated from Brandon Academy and earned her associate’s degree from Hinds Community College and graduated from the Univer-sity of Mississippi School of Banking. She is married to David Guyton and has two daughters, Lindsey and Leslie.

Dr. James A. Jefferson has been an active member of the medical staff at Rankin Medical Center for nearly 10 years in the hospital’s busy Emergency Room. He serves as Chief of Staff-Elect and is a past Chief of Medicine. A magna cum laude from Alcorn State University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, he went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and is currently a member of several medical associations. Dr. Jefferson is very active in the military and has received numerous honors. He is a Lt. Colonel with the Mississippi Army National Guard, where he received twice the Mississippi Longevity Medal and Mississippi Commen-dation Medal. He and his wife Stephanie have one son, Devin A. Jefferson.

John Nikolic was raised in Pearl and graduated from Pearl High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Millsaps College prior to working in over 35 countries. He has been a member and officer of several community organizations including the Pearl Kiwanis Club, Pearl Chamber of Commerce, American Heart Association 204 Gala chair, president and founder of the Pearl Schools Alumni Association, and is president of Country Place Homeowners Association. He has made many more contributions to the community, including assisting with the planning and execution of the Bass Pro Shops announcement of their locating a facility in Pearl and with the Atlanta Braves ground breaking for a AA baseball facility in Pearl.

Dr. Edward E. Rigdon serves as medical director of the Vascular Lab at Rankin Medical Center, is a past Chief of Surgery and has been a member of the active medical staff for five years. He is also a member of professional organizations such as the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, the American and Mississippi State Medical Associations and is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Rigdon graduated from Mississippi State Medical Center with “Highest Distinction” and magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He completed his internship at the University of Alabama, residency in general surgery at University of Mississippi Medical Center and a fellowship in Vascular Surgery in Ohio. Dr. Rigdon was a member of the U.S. Navy Medical Corps and was honorable discharged with the rank of Commander. He and his wife Patricia have three children.

Margie Warren has lived in Pelahatchie most of her life and is a graduate of the 1997 Class of Leadership Rankin and is serving her fourth term as a member to the Town of Pelahatchie Board of Alderman and has been Mayor Pro Tempore for the last three terms. She serves as treasurer of Pelahatchie Baptist Church which has attended and served in many capacities for nearly 50 years and has been a business owner for nearly 40 years. Warren is married to Robert J. “Bobby” Warren and they have a son.

Other members of the hospital’s Advisory Board include: Howard Ballou, Carolyn Boteler (Moderator), John J. Cook, M.D.; Noel Daniels, Gale Martin, Davis A. Richards III, CEO, Rankin Medical Center; Joe Usry, Barry L. Whites, M.D. and HMA Mississippi Division Vice President, Thomas M. Wiman, FACHE.

Rankin Medical Center Recognizes Newest Dolphin Pin Recipients

The following employees recently received I Swim with the Dolphins pins from Rankin Medical Center CEO Davis A. Richards during the months of January and February – Lisa Walsh, Admissions; Sandra Spann, Dietary; Tonya Aycock and Brandi Pettit, Emergency Room; Lanell Mangum, HIM; Glenda Shorter, ICCU**, Ray Willis, Imaging Services; Vonda Clack, Lab*; Christy Henderson, Nursing Administration; Martha Griffin and Rhonda Parker, Quality Management; Lourie Bobbitt, Lucy Henley, Teresa Savoie, Vernon Tucker, Pat Welch and Rose Wells, Senior Care; Alice Daniels and Robin Methvin, Social Services; Lori Guillot, 2 East; Flora Bilbrew, Kristi Buffington, Melinda Ethridge, Cindy Evans, Melissa Knight**, Cindy Ratcliff and Jimmie Winham, 2 North; Yonna Bracy, Janice Butler, Billlie Carter, Bridgett Gray, Christy Lyle, Jane Polk, Glenda Stewart, Mattie Watson and Lorna Willoughby, 2 South Peds* and Rev. R.C. Rice, Volunteer Chaplain* (*Received more than one. ** Gold dolphin pin).

The dolphin has many positive attributes – it acts with gentleness and compassion, assists in times of need, is highly intelligent and responds to its surroundings by altering its body shape in order to better suit its environment. The dolphin’s sensitivity to the needs of others, ability to adapt, and selfless concern for the safety and happiness of its group as a whole are qualities these Rankin Medical Center team members exhibit.

Forrest General Hospital receives Company of Excellence Award


Representatives from the American Cancer Society present Forrest General Hospital with the Silver Level Company of Excellence Award. Pictured from left to right, Cherri Marshall, FGH Cancer Center of Excellence coordinator; Bill Oliver, FGH president; Carla Kyzar, ACS Income Development representative; and Lillie Willis, ACS Health Initiative representative.

Forrest General Hospital (FGH) was recently recognized as a Silver Level Company of Excellence by the American Cancer Society (ACS). FGH, the only company in the state of Mississippi that achieved this level of excellence, received the award for its support of the ACS through corporate giving; its increased visibility in the community; and its success in enhancing employee health, morale, and well-being, resulting in decreased company cost due to employee illness.

The Silver Level of Excellence Criteria includes:
  • Completing assessments of the company’s health plan, employee usage, and employee health risks.
  • Implementing Strategies in the Wellness Starter Kit: A “how to” guide for companies interested in implementing worksite wellness initiatives.
  • Recruiting volunteers to support ACS programs including prevention/detection, patient support, policy initiatives, Relay for Life, and other income development activities.
  • Minimum $25,000 through corporate or employee payroll deduction campaign.

FGH met the criteria by offering a monthly question and answer column in the In General, the employee newsletter, to help employees better understand their health insurance; providing INTERxVENT, an individualized lifestyle management and cardiovascular risk reduction program that is offered through FGH’s Health Management Connection; implementing strategies from the wellness starter kit through Health Management Connection; and having employees recruit volunteers and/or act as facilitators to support ACS programs and services.

“Through employee payroll deduction, corporate giving, and health initiatives, Forrest General Hospital plays a major role in the success of the American Cancer Society. We appreciate all they do for us and could not do it without them,” said Carla Kyzar, ACS Income Development representative. Posted by Hello

DisneyHand makes donation to Baptist's Pediatric Unit


Pictured left to right: Baptist Pediatric Nurse Manager Rusty Sumrall, Elaine Harris, RN and Baptist Child Life Specialist Crystal Case.

DisneyHand, a worldwide outreach for The Walt Disney Company, in partnership with Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation made a generous donation to Baptist Medical Center's Pediatric Unit. A DVD player, stuffed Mickey Mouse dolls, books and movies were just a few of the items donated. The organizations are dedicated to brightening the lives of ill children and their families.
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Rush Celebrates 90 Years of Service

2005 marks Rush Foundation Hospital's 90th anniversary. Founded in 1915 by Dr. and Mrs. Jesse Hackley (J.H.) Rush, Rush Foundation Hospital has been a beacon of health care in East Mississippi and West Alabama, offering a wide range of significant healthcare services and being the first to introduce a number of innovative services including development of the Rush pin, the first labor, delivery and recovery center in the state of Mississippi and the first accredited clinical hyperbaric medicine facility in the state.

From the very beginning, the early Rush caregivers made a commitment to provide complete healthcare to this community, believing in “the trait of humankind and that each man is his brother’s keeper”. With this in mind they claimed the well-being of this area as their responsibility and promised to provide quality care to everyone, including those with limited means. To that end, Rush Foundation Hospital became a nonprofit institution in 1947.

Over the years, Rush has proceeded to take a leadership role in promoting quality healthcare and education. Their commitment to the well-being of this community has manifested itself through modern facilities, multiple clinics, expanded health services, educational programs, human resources, community events and sponsorships. And all resources of this non-profit entity have been targeted to improving the quality and broadening the scope of the services that they provide.

Wallace Strickland, President and C.E.O. said, “This is a great benchmark in a long line of successful medical milestones for Rush Foundation Hospital. Today we share the same commitment as our founders to provide quality healthcare to this community and we continue to be blessed for those efforts. We look forward to continuing to be a leading healthcare provider and an active, integral member of this community.”

In celebration of their 90th Anniversary, Rush had a number of events scheduled including the unveiling of logo/marketing campaign, Catherine Hovious Achievement Award, Business After Hours at Rush Imaging Center, Nurse Alumni meeting, a fundraiser for the Benevolent Fund and more.

Forrest General and Spirit of Women to host Mommie & Me Easter Celebration

Forrest General Hospital (FGH) and the Spirit of Women Health Network will host an Easter Celebration with an Easter egg hunt for Mommie & Me – The First Year class from 10:30 a.m. to Noon on March 23 at the Center for Healthy Living West, 6813 Highway 98 West.

Mommie & Me, a service of FGH’s Spirit of Women program, offers three different programs designed to give mothers and their children the opportunity to interact together through music and movement. Programs include Mommie & Me – The First Year for babies one year old and younger; Mommie & Me – Just Movin’ geared towards early walkers 11 to 20 months old; and Mommie & Me – The Toddler Years specializing in children 18 months to 3 years.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Pearl Public Library displaying artwork by MSH youth

Mississippi State Hospital (MSH) is hosting an art show at thePearl Public Library in celebration of “Youth Art Month.”

The artwork on display was created by children and teens receivingcare at MSH's Oak Circle Center. The exhibit will run through March.

The Pearl Public Library is open Monday through Thursday, 9a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4p.m.

Davis Richards Recognized by HMA


Jon P. Vollmer, Executive Vice President-Operations, Health Management Associates, Inc. (HMA); Davis A. Richards, CEO of Rankin Medical Center and wife Mary Ann Richards, Joseph V. Vumbacco, President and CEO of HMA and Peter M. Lawson, Executive Vice President-Operations, HMA.

Davis A. Richards III, Chief Executive Officer of Rankin Medical Center in Brandon, was recognized by Health Management Associates’ top executives during the organization’s Recognition Weekend held for hospital executives in West Palm Beach, FL for his contributions to Rankin Medical Center during fiscal year 2004.

Richards has served as CEO at Rankin Medical Center for nearly three years. Previously, he worked as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer at River Oaks Health System, a sister HMA facility.

A native of Canton, Richards received his Associate of Arts degree from Holmes Community College and Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University. He earned Master of Business Administration and Master of Hospital Administration degrees from Mississippi College. He is a Certified Health Care Risk Manager through the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, an Associate of the American College of Health Care Executives and is retired with 24 years of service from the U.S. Navy Reserve with the rank of Commander. During his military tenure he worked within the Navy’s Medical Service Corp in Hospital Administration and in support of Marine Field Units. Posted by Hello

MSH police officer graduates from MLEOTA


(L to R) James Blackwell, MSH Police Director; Joseph Crisler, MSH police officer; and Joe Donald Jr., Risk Management Director.

Mississippi State Hospital (MSH) police officer Joseph Crisler recently graduated from the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy (M.L.E.O.T.A). He successfully completed the “Basic Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy” course with over 400 hours of training. Officer Crisler graduated in the top five percent of his class.

He also received the “Endeavor Award” for outstanding achievements in the physical fitness program. Officer Crisler has been a MSH police officer for over three years.
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HCC nursing students tour MSH


(left to right, first row) Ruth Wier, Mechel Sharble, Natalie Dodd, Stacey McDonald, and Misty Marascalco; (left to right, second row) Heather Laurie, Frank Linville, Johnna Edwards, and Angie Jenkins.

Hinds Community College nursing students of Rankin County toured the Mississippi State Hospital (MSH) campus as part of their clinical rotation.

Nursing students are welcomed with a brief overview of the hospital’s history and mission and tours of MSH’s museum, child and adolescent unit, and forensic unit.

MSH regularly hosts tours for nursing students. “Current statistics show that one in five Americans are affected by mental health, so no matter what specialty or field of practice these students are going into, they will encounter families and individuals needing treatment. We are appreciative for the opportunity to expose them to the hospital and its services,” said Kathy Denton, MSH community affairs coordinator.

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Randy Foster of Brandon has been promoted to Unit Director in Mississippi State Hospital's (MSH) Inpatient Services Division. Foster, who's been employed by MSH for 11 years, is a native of Florence. He earned his master's in counseling psychology from Mississippi College.
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Regina Smith of Jackson has been promoted to Unit Director in Mississippi State Hospital's (MSH) Inpatient Services Division. Smith, who's been employed by MSH for six years, earned her master's in guidance and counseling from Jackson State University and her bachelor's degree in educational psychology. Posted by Hello

Case management orientation held at MSH


Pictured are (l to r, first row) Shalisa Bailey, Courtney Holmes, Tiffany Blackmon, Ruchelle Showers, and Beth Miller, DMH; (l to r, second row) Lasha Gavin, Brooklyn Ryan, Thomas Walker, Calvin Hudson, and Thaddeus Williams, DMH.

Case managers recently gathered at Mississippi State Hospital (MSH) for orientation, sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH). During orientation, case managers learn proper procedures for assisting patients after they have been discharged.

Case management orientation is required for all case managers who serve at the community mental health centers throughout the state. Region 8 Mental Health Services case managers participated in the training that is held four times per year. Region 8 consists of Madison, Rankin and Simpson Counties.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Back by Popular Demand…“The Facts of Mid-Life” to be presented at Friendship Tuesday

Back by popular demand, Forrest General Hospital and the Spirit of Women Health Network will present “The Facts of Mid-Life” at the Friendship Tuesday program from Noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 22 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center.

Dr. Louis Benton, Hattiesburg Clinic OB/GYN, will discuss issues and conditions affecting women in mid-life with an emphasis on overactive bladder. The facts are that you are not alone and you do not need to just “live with it” – there are treatment options available.

Cost to attend the event is $5 for Spirit of Women members and $10 for non-members. Lunch is included, and participants will have the opportunity to register to win a “midlife” cruise of a lifetime!

To register for the event or for more information on Spirit of Women, contact FGH OnCall at
1-800-844-4445. Deadline for registration is Monday, March 21.

Mississippi Baptist Health Systems uses real-time workflow management and patient location from PeriOptimum and Radianse

Committed to using information technology to support improved clinical outcomes, staff productivity and operational efficiency, Mississippi Baptist Health System Surgery Department has deployed a real-time workflow management and patient location solution from industry partners PeriOptimum and Radianse.

The solution integrates patent-pending Radianse active-RFID location technology into PeriOptimum’s PathFinder, a software application that collects patient, equipment and process tracking data across perioperative care, distributes it via a hospital's Intranet or the Internet and stores it for analysis.

Everyone sees the same information

Spread over three large areas, the Baptist Surgery Department needed a way to monitor patient flow. More than 12,000 surgical cases are completed annually. The PeriOptimum/Radianse solution allows Baptist to use real-time location information to facilitate more accurate and timely communication among surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and patient families. Everyone can see the same information and if anything changes everyone will know.

How it works

Patients are issued Radianse location tags, which are assigned individual numbers. Receivers/sensors track where each patient is in the perioperative process. Large plasma computer screens are installed throughout the surgical unit and waiting area. Patients can give their numbers to loved ones who can locate the particular number on the screen and know the patient status of their loved one in the surgical process. For instance, loved ones will know that surgery is completed and the patient is in recovery. Nurses can also send personal messages to the screen to let the loved one know the patient is "resting comfortably" or "coming out of anesthesia."

“Our goal is to increase overall satisfaction and efficiency,” explained J. Kempf Poole, Director of Surgical Services. “Every day we have inpatients and outpatients enter from multiple points, and we face a very dynamic schedule with many operational variables. Managing throughput from pre-op to post-op to discharge is a major challenge, and we felt we could improve it. Now, with this software, we’re able to capture the data we need to analyze our processes, which allows us to improve communication between physicians, staff and patients’ loved ones.”


Second joint installation – PeriOptimum is Radianse Ready

“Integration of the Radianse solution with PathFinder is proving to be as valuable as we expected,” said Hakan Ilkin, founder and executive vice president of PeriOptimum. “With Radianse active-RFID and location technology, we extend the capabilities of our optimization tools, giving hospitals relevant, time-stamped identity and location data to help them improve the perioperative cycle.”

Michael Dempsey, chief technology officer of Radianse, said, "The value that the combined PeriOptimum/Radianse solution provides to Mississippi Baptist is just as we have envisioned — a simple, accurate, consistent way to use time-stamped location data to identify bottlenecks and develop workflow solutions."

Radianse and PeriOptimum have also installed an integrated solution at Hannibal Regional
Hospital, Hannibal, Missouri.

PeriOptimum is part of the Radianse Ready partner program, which gives application providers and device manufacturers the training, support and warranties to ensure consistently high performance of Radianse location software, active-RFID-tags and LAN- and WiFi-ready receivers.