Health Briefing March 22, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

UMMC completes
liver transplant
The University of Mississippi completed the state’s first liver transplant in 22 years earlier this month.
The recipient Karen Battle of Jackson, who suffered from autoimmune hepatitis, received her new liver on March 4.
Dr. Christopher Anderson, UMMC associate professor of transplant surgery and division chief of transplant and hepatobiliary surgery, began building the team of specialists and meeting the regulatory requirements to restart UMMC’s liver transplant program more than a year ago.
At the end of January the United Network for Organ Sharing, the governing body for organ transplantation in the U.S., approved UMMC’s liver transplant program.
The liver program marks the second-to-last step in building University Transplant’s complete abdominal transplant programs. The team broke a UMMC record last year with 103 kidney transplants. Now, only pancreas transplantation remains, which Anderson said may come later this year.

Get a jump on
healthy cooking
The Easter bunny can bring more than jelly beans and chocolate eggs.
The Diabetes Treatment Center at North Mississippi Medical Center will host a one-night cooking class, “Hop Into Healthy Eating,” on Monday.
The class will start at 6 p.m. in Room 21 on the first floor of NMMC’s East Tower. Participants will be taught how to cook healthy meals and desserts. Samples of each dish will be available for tasting, and recipes will be provided as well.
Fee for the course is $10. To register or for more information about the class, call (662) 377-2500.

Deadline for NMMC
teen volunteers April 1
Teens interested in the North Mississippi Medical Center’s annual summer volunteer program must apply by April 1.
This program is designed for students who may be interested in pursuing a career in health care or who simply would like to make a difference in someone’s life. Eligible students must have completed the ninth-12th grades by June 1.
Volunteer opportunities abound in many areas of NMMC, including the main campus in Tupelo and sites in Baldwyn and Pontotoc. Program dates are June 4 through July 12.
Applications are available at area school guidance offices or from the NMMC Volunteer Services Department and must be postmarked by April 1. Students are also required to submit a cumulative grade report with their application. Finalists will be interviewed and notified of selection. Students selected for the program will be assigned specific work hours and expected to keep their schedule with the exception of illness or vacation.
For more information about the summer volunteer program, call Carla Enis at (662) 377-3131 or (800) 843-3375.
Daily Journal reports