Health Briefing October 7, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Lunchtime Learning focuses on joints
Joint replacement will be the topic of the North Mississippi Medical Center Woman’s Place Lunchtime Learning Series at noon Oct. 18, at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Tupelo.
The speaker is Registered Nurse Sherry Smith, clinical director of North Mississippi Medical Center’s Joint Replacement Center.
Advance registration is required for the lunchtime program, which is sponsored by the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi. Lunch will be provided for $5 for those who pre-register by Wednesday, Oct. 12.
To register or to learn more about upcoming lunchtime learning programs, call (800) 843-3375.

Grief seminar series starts Oct. 13 in Tupelo
North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice is offering a Bridging the Grief Gap support group, an educational series Thursdays, Oct. 13 to Nov. 17, for anyone experiencing grief after the loss of a loved one.
Sessions are scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. six consecutive Thursdays at the NMMC Home Health Agency’s Tupelo Branch Office on East President Street.
Topics including living with loss, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual effects of grief and dealing with holidays and special occasions. The series allows participants to interact with others who are experiencing similar feelings of loss.
For more information, call Jamie Grissom at (662) 377-3612 or (800) 843-3375.

NMMC nurse earns new heart failure certification
Registered Nurse Jan Starling of Mantachie has met the qualifications to become Mississippi’s first certified heart failure nurse.
The certification promotes the highest standards of practice within the specialty, validates attainment of a common knowledge base required for practice, and encourages continued educational growth. To be eligible, a nurse must have an active license and have practiced full time for at least two years; have a minimum of 1,200 recent clinical hours caring for heart failure patients; and have completed 30 hours of continuing education within the last two years, including at least 15 related to heart failure care.
Starling has been an employee of North Mississippi Medical Center for 20 years, with 18 of those being with NMMC Home Health and Hospice. A graduate of Saltillo High School, she earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville in 1991 and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women in 2010.

Alzheimer’s walk set for Oct. 15 in Tupelo
Advocates for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families will be lacing up their sneakers Oct. 15.
The annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s will begin at 9 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in Tupelo. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
The 3-mile walk and tribute will raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. Approximately 5.4 million Americans are living with the disease, which is the 6th leading cause of death. The funds will help support programs around Northeast Mississippi as well as national research and resources. For more information, call (601) 987-0020.
Daily Journal reports