Ground Rounds May 2007
Brookhaven Residents Appointed to State Board of Nursing
Governor Haley Barbour recently appointed two Brookhaven residents to the State Board of Nursing including Merlene Myrick, RN, Chief Nursing Officer for King’s Daughters Medical Center, and Becky Currie, RN, with Gilbert’s Home Health and Hospice and candidate for State Representative District 92. Myrick and Currie are pictured after the Senate Confirmation Hearings with Dr. Luke Lampton of Magnolia; current State Board of Health Chairman, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith District 39; and Senator Alan Nunlee Chairman of Public Health and Welfare Committee.
Biloxi Continues Partnership with Local Entities Announced
In an effort to continue to enhance Nursing along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Biloxi Regional Medical Center is continuing it’s partnership in education with The University of Southern Mississippi, William Carey College and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Today, contributions in the amount of $100,000 were made to each of the three mentioned colleges to be used in their respective nursing programs.
Biloxi Regional Medical Center considers the funds a good investment in nursing care on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. “Our ultimate goal is to make a positive difference in nursing,” said Tim Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer for Biloxi Regional Medical Center, “Considering the effects the national nursing shortage has had on many medical facilities, and will continue to happen, the hospital feels a great need to be a part of helping to prevent that. Our mission is to provide consistently superior healthcare in a professional and caring manner today and in the future.”
Pine Grove Physicians receive ASAM Certification
HATTIESBURG — Pine Grove is pleased to announce the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) certification of the following physicians: Carolyn Gerald, MD; Diane Walker, MD; and Deborah Gross, MD.
The ASAM certification is recognized throughout the world as signifying excellence in the practice of addiction medicine. It demonstrates that a doctor has met rigorous standards through intensive study, assessment and evaluation. Certification is designed to assure the public that a medical specialist has successfully completed an approved educational program and an evaluation, including a secure examination designed to assess the knowledge, experience, and skills required to provide the highest quality of patient care.
Dr. Carolyn Gerald practices family medicine. She serves as a medical consultant for Pine Grove. She is board certified and a member of South Mississippi Medical Society, Mississippi State Medical Association and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Diane Walker is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with Pine Grove and Medical Director of Child and Adolescent services at Pine Grove. She also works with young men at Next Step, a long-term alcohol and drug treatment program at Pine Grove. She is board certified, a published author, and a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Deborah Gross is the Director of Psychiatry for Pine Grove Women’s Center and has had individual training in the Masterson Approach, a specialized treatment method for personality disorders developed by the Masterson Institute in New York City. She is board certified, a published author, and a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the National Association for the Advancement of the Study of Obesity. In the areas of Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol Abuse/Dependence, Dr. Gross serves as Topic Editor for FIRSTConsult, an online medical information service for physicians published by Elsevier of London.
Mississippi Nightingale Award Winners Announced
The Mississippi Nurses Association and Mississippi Nurses Foundation announced the winners of the 2007 Nightingale Awards at a black-tie gala on Monday, January 29, 2007. The Nightingale Awards are held annually to recognize commitment, quality, and excellence in the nursing profession in Mississippi .
The 2007 Nightingale Award winners include the following (a quote about each winner, taken from the nominee’s submission, is included):
- Nurse Rookie of the Year -Serenity Crump, RN, MLS (North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital)
- Nurse in Non-Traditional Setting of the Year – Deborah “Deby” S. Broussard, RN, BSN, COHN-S/CM (American Nursing Services at Dupont-Delisle)
- Nurse Researcher of the Year – Melvin Ray Justice, BSN, RN, CWON, CFCN, CDFS (North Mississippi Medical Center Home Health Agency)
- Nurse Educator of the Year – Robin R. Wilkerson, PhD, RN (University of Mississippi School of Nursing)
- School of Nursing Administrator of the Year– Sheila Adams, EdD (Mississippi University for Women College of Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology)
- School of Nursing of the Year – Mississippi University for Women College of Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology
- Nursing Administrator of the Year – Susan Renee’ Butler , RNC, BSN, CPM (Boswell Regional Center)
- Nurse Employer of the Year – McKesson Health Solutions, Mississippi
- Hospital of the Year, Less Than 100 Beds – Highland Community Hospital, Picayune
- Hospital of the Year, 100 Beds or More – Biloxi Regional Medical Center, Biloxi
- Clinical Practice Nurse of the Year – Maria Ormon, RN, BSN (North Mississippi Medical Center)
- Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year – KC Arnold , ANP , BC -ADM (The Diabetes Center, PLLC)
- Community Service Nurse of the Year – Dottie Wilson, RN, MSN, CFNP (North Mississippi Medical Center)
- Mississippi Nurses Association Hall of Fame – Barbara Powell, PhD, RN (Retired – Formerly with Delta State University)
- Mississippi Nurses Association Hall of Fame– Bebe Richardson, RN, MHS (Retired – Formerly with University Hospital and Clinics)
- Mississippi Nurses Association Hall of Fame – Ruth Werner, RN, BSN, MA (Deceased – Formerly with the University of Mississippi Medical Center)
- Nurse of the Year– Katherine Patrick, RN, BSN (North Mississippi Medical Center)
Forrest General’s Cancer Center is the Leader in Cancer Treatment in South Mississippi
Forrest General’s Cancer Center is the only cancer treatment facility in South Mississippi with three board certified radiation oncologists. The three radiation oncologists have a combined experience of over 50 years and include Joseph Salloum, MD; Mei-Chang “Mike” Cheng, MD; and William K. Woods, MD. Forrest General Cancer Center ranks among the largest and most sophisticated regional cancer centers in South Mississippi.
The 34,000-square-foot Cancer Center, built in 1999, offers a comprehensive program encompassing continuing care, detection, diagnosis, education, prevention, psychosocial support, screening and treatment for cancer patients. Forrest General’s Cancer Center is the only accredited cancer program in the area. The Cancer Center participates in National Cancer Institute (NCI) approved clinical trials.“We treat our patients with comprehensive care that is a collaborative effort of all of our doctors,” said Dr. Mike Cheng. The individual patient and their family remain the focus of the Cancer Center’s treatment program. The Cancer Center holds a weekly multidisciplinary cancer conference to discuss difficult and challenging cases.
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