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UMMC’s MIND Center homing in on Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment

By BECKY GILLETTE Alzheimer’s disease is devasting illness that robs victims of their memories and ability to complete simple tasks. It takes a huge toll on families and strains the healthcare system. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it is the most expensive disease in America with annual costs for Alzheimer’s and other dementias estimated at $277 billion. At the University ...

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University hospital to drop top Mississippi private insurer

Mississippi’s largest hospital says it will stop accepting policies from the state’s largest private insurer, citing contract dissatisfaction. The University of Mississippi Medical Center tells Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi that it will stop accepting policies after June 30. The medical center has hospitals in Jackson, Grenada and Lexington. It says it can no longer abide a contract ...

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UMMC physicians creating opioid use alternatives model

Mississippi’s statistics on opioid use resulting in addiction and deaths are bad, but the failure of data to deter abuse is also troubling. A team of University of Mississippi Medical Center physicians and caregivers is changing the way they offer patients pain relief at a time when an average half million opioid pills are dispensed daily by doctors statewide. The ...

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UMMC appoints new faculty leadership, human resources chief

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has appointed a number of new faculty leaders and a new human resources leader. They include: • Dr. Javed Butler is the new chair of the Department of Medicine. Butler joins the Medical Center from the Stony Brook (N.Y.) School of Medicine, where he was professor of medicine, professor of physiology and biophysics, division ...

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UMMC promotes Stewart to associate dean

Dr. Jimmy Stewart Jr., professor of internal medicine and pediatrics, has been promoted to associate dean for graduate medical education at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He continues as residency program director for internal medicine and pediatrics through June 2018. Stewart will oversee faculty evaluations, accreditation and quality improvement and becomes the designated institutional official for the Accreditation Council ...

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UMMC names Pittman department chair

Dr. Shannon Pittman has been named chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. A faculty member since 2005, Pittman is professor and former vice chair of the department. She has served as residency program director and medical director since 2007. A graduate of Tougaloo College, Pittman earned her M.D. at UMMC and was ...

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Mississippi native Taylor named chair of pediatrics at UMMC

Dr. Mary Taylor, a University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine alumna and professor of pediatrics, was recently named chair of the Department of Pediatrics. She is the first woman and first UMMC graduate to hold the post. She will be the fourth chair of Pediatrics in the 62-year history of the Medical Center, following founding chair Dr. Blair ...

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Jackson Heart Study names Sims chief science officer

Dr. Mario Sims, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has been named the new chief science officer of the Jackson Heart Study. The JHS is a community-based prospective cohort study of cardiovascular disease in more than 5,000 African-Americans in Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties. Initiated in 2000, the study is a partnership between UMMC, ...

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UMC cuts 195 jobs, eliminates 85 positions in budget cut

Special to the MBJ The University of Mississippi Medical Center today announced it is cutting 195 jobs and eliminating another 85 positions in action to address a recent $32.7 million budget cut, part of budgets ordered by Gov. Phil Bryant. The Medical Center has identified $24 million in savings through a combination of reduced spending and enhanced revenues to be realized ...

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UMMC to close two University Wellness Center locations in Jackson

University Wellness Center Downtown and University Wellness Center Northeast, both in Jackson, will close effective April 1, University of Mississippi Medical Center administrators announced today. The action comes as Mississippi’s only academic medical center copes with unanticipated cuts in patient care reimbursement and other budget reductions. Medical Center leadership announced February 22 that departments and units across campus must identify ...

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